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Cam Janssen, St Louis Blues Go To Arbitration

The paperwork has been filed for Cam Janssen and the St Louis Blues to goto Arbitration according to Janssen’s agent and president of Norton Sports Agency, Scott Norton. However, he told me that they are very optimistic an amicable resolution can be reached.

NHL Arbitration

NHL salary arbitration is used for times when the player salary can not be decided on with a given team. Each propose what they think is a fair salary at a case hearing and the arbitrator, which is a neutral third party, sets the player’s salary.


1) Four Years in the NHL  or Signing in the NHL after the age of 20.

2) Must be requested by July 5th and the cases are heard in late July and early August. However, negotiations between the player and team can continue up until the date of the hearing to avoid arbitration.

The deadline for players to request salary arbitration is July 5, with cases heard in late July and early August. A player and team can continue to negotiate up until the date of the hearing, in hopes of agreeing on a contract and avoiding the arbitration process.

3) There is a limit on the number of times a player can request arbitration.

4) Decisions must be rendered within 48 hours of the hearing. The team does have the right of refusal from the settlement.

5) If the above happens, the player can declare himself an unrestricted free agent.

The evidence that can be used in arbitration cases to prove a player’s salary worth:

  • The player’s “overall performance” including statistics in all previous seasons.
  • Injuries, illnesses and the number of games played.
  • The player’s length of service with the team and in the NHL.
  • The player’s “overall contribution” to the team’s success or failure.
  • The player’s “special qualities of leadership or public appeal.”
  • The performance and salary of any player alleged to be “comparable” to the player in the dispute.Evidence that can not be used:
  • The salary and performance of a “comparable” player who signed a contract as an unrestricted free agent.
  • Testimonials, video and media reports.
  • The financial state of the team.
  • The salary cap and the state of the team’s payroll.
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