The Dallas Stars’ Mattias Janmark, Devin Shore, and Gemel Smith have all elected for salary arbitration. The three restricted free agents had to file for arbitration today. The move notifies teams that the player has elected to go this route.
Salary arbitration hearings are expected to be scheduled between July 20th and August 4th, and the hearings will be held in Toronto.
The team and player can continue to negotiate a new contract between now and the salary arbitration hearing. Many contracts are signed before the hearing is conducted at all. If a hearing is conducted, the awarded salary from the arbitrator has to be announced within 48 hours. If the team doesn’t like the award, they can elect to walk away from offering that contract amount and the player would become an unrestricted free agent.
Janmark is likely due for a nice bump over his last contract, given his performance last season after coming back from a rare degenerative issue in the knee. Smith and Shore should receive reasonable raises from their last contracts as well, though I would be surprised if either number is too outrageous either.