The Toronto Maple Leafs are now on the clock with a few of their restricted free agents. Peter Holland, Martin Marincin, and Frank Corrado have all filed for player-elected salary arbitration, in an effort to give closure to their contract status as soon as possible.
Here’s the full league-wide list, as per the NHLPA:
- Arizona Coyotes: Michael Stone
- Colorado Avalanche: Tyson Barrie, Mikhail Grigorenko
- Detroit Red Wings: Jared Coreau, Danny DeKeyser
- Minnesota Wild: Jordan Schroeder
- Nashville Predators: Calle Jarnkrok, Petter Granberg
- New York Rangers: Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, Dylan McIlrath, JT Miller
- New Jersey Devils: Kyle Palmieri
- Ottawa Senators: Mike Hoffman
- Philadelphia Flyers: Brandon Manning, Brayden Schenn, Jordan Weal
- St. Louis Blues: Jaden Schwartz
- Tampa Bay Lightning: Alex Killorn, Vladislav Namestnikov
- Toronto Maple Leafs: Frank Corrado, Peter Holland, Martin Marincin
- Washington Capitals: Marcus Johansson
While most of the names here are lower profile, there are a few notable ones as well. Barrie, Schwartz, Johansson, Kreider, Killorn, DeKeyser and Miller are just a few names that could get a decently sized verdict handed to them; which could put their teams in some cap trouble. Players who are awarded over $3.5 million can be walked away from by their team if they feel the salary to be too high, making them unrestricted free agents.
With that said, I can’t imagine that happening with any of the Leafs. Holland had a horrible shooting percentage year and scored just 27 points, and yet he’s probably the most likely of the three to get paid. Marincin is the type of quiet defenceman that gets a blind eye showed to them in situations like these, and Corrado didn’t exactly play a ton.
Holland made $775,000 per year on a two-year deal, which was his second NHL contract. Marincin and Corrado were also on their second deals, each lasting one year and paying $700,000 and $632,500 respectively.
In the case pleading performance, sides can use games played, injury history, statistics (including analytics, as long as they’re of the NHL.com variety), contribution to a team’s success or failure, leadership qualities, public appeal, and performance and salary of players formally introduced as “comparable” to the player at the hearing. Each side will come in with a preferred salary and the arbitrator will pick somewhere in between.
Because the Leafs had players file for salary arbitration, the team is allowed to take advantage of a second buyout window should they choose to. Whether or not they use it is anybody’s guess, given that Jared Cowen’s appeal doesn’t require a window should his buyout stand.
Arbitration hearings will be had here in Toronto starting in about two weeks (July 20th), with the last one coming on August 4th. Players and teams can still negotiate terms before the deadline officially hits. Josh Leivo, Garret Sparks, and Connor Carrick will not be participating in the arbitration action and will continue to negotiate their contracts without a third party watching over.