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07-07-2013, 07:27 PM
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Mats Zuccarello should not file for salary arbitration by 5pm this Wednesday. It would be the best situation for both parties.The NHL CBA raised the amount of money in walk-aways. It was $1,042,173 in the 2005 CBA. An award had to above that figure if the team wanted to walk away. Its $3.5M in the new CBA.

Jiri Hudler filed for salary arbitration in 2009 and then he decided to play in the KHL. The NHL didn't like that but the KHL said an arbitration award is not a signed contract and the two leagues had an agreement to honor the contracts. Don't know if the NHL and KHL reached an agreement on a player filing for arbitration and then signing a contract in the KHL since 2009. Detroit requested a 2 year award. Hudler was obligated to that award if he wanted to play in the NHL again. He played in the KHL in 09-10. Hudler returned to the NHL for 10-11 and played out the 2 year arbitration award with the Wings. The team can request a 1 or 2 award when the player files for arbitration. The party taken to arbitration can elect the 1 or 2 year term.

Zuccarello is 4th on the totem pole. McDonagh is first followed by Stepan and then Hagelin.

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