At 5pm, the NHL’s mandatory deadline for players to file for arbitration passed.
Restricted free agent Tom Wilson, the Capitals last remaining high profile unsigned player, opted to not file.
Per Wikipedia, the decision allows Wilson the ability to continue receiving offers from other teams and potentially sign an offer sheet.
If Wilson were to sign an offer from another NHL club (which is unlikely), the Capitals would have the right to match the contract or not. If they don’t match (in this unlikely hypothetical situation), the Caps would get draft pick compensation from the other team dependent on Tom’s new salary.
“We’re talking to his people. I have a call scheduled with them today,” MacLellan said. It’s a big priority. Tom’s a big part of our team, a big part of what we got going and our playoff success. So, he’s number one right now. I would like [a] long-term [deal], but we’ll see what his representatives want to do. I’d prefer to keep him around as long as we can.”
Capitals’ forward Liam O’Brien, the team’s only other arbitration eligible player, elected to file, joining 43 other players league wide. Madison Bowey, who was not eligible for arbitration, remains the team’s final unsigned restricted free agent.
According to the NHLPA, the deadline for Club-Elected Salary Arbitration notification is July 6, 2018 at 5 pm. Salary Arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to Aug. 4, 2018.
Here’s the full list of NHL players who filed for arbitration.
Trevor van Riemsdyk
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
San Jose Sharks
St. Louis Blues
Vegas Golden Knights
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