Here's a look at the 20 players who filed for salary arbitration by the deadline on Sunday:
|Team||Player||08-09 cap hit|
|Anaheim Ducks||James Wisniewski||0.900|
|Atlanta Thrashers||Colby Armstrong||1.200|
|Boston Bruins||Matt Hunwick||0.750|
|Buffalo Sabres||Clarke MacArthur||0.522|
|Carolina Hurricanes||Tuomo Ruutu||2.250|
|Chicago Blackhawks||Aaron Johnson||0.525|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||Marc Methot||0.522|
|Detroit Red Wings||Jiri Hudler||1.015|
|Edmonton Oilers||Denis Grebeshkov||1.500|
|Minnesota Wild||Kyle Brodziak||0.497|
|Montreal Canadiens||Tomas Plekanec||1.600|
|New Jersey Devils||Travis Zajac||0.984|
|New York Islanders||Nate Thompson||0.500|
|New York Rangers||Ryan Callahan||0.575|
|New York Rangers||Nikolai Zherdev||2.500|
|Phoenix Coyotes||Nigel Dawes||0.588|
|Phoenix Coyotes||Daniel Winnik||0.532|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Matt Smaby||0.792|
|Vancouver Canucks||Kyle Wellwood||0.998|
|Washington Capitals||Milan Jurcina||0.881|
All relatively young, all relatively cheap and all, likely, expecting a raise of some sort.
Last year, 15 players elected for arbitration and just two — Shaone Morrisonn and Ville Koistinen — actually went through the process. I wrote extensively about Morrisonn's hearing last summer (full story), and it wasn't a pretty one — which may be why he didn't elect to go through the same process again despite having those rights.
He was awarded a contract just about right in the middle of what the two sides had asked for, $1.975-million, while Koistinen received $700,000 after being a low impact player the year before.
I'll have more coverage of arbitration as we get closer to the hearings at the end of the month. Expect many of these 20 to sign slowly over the coming weeks, with quite a few deals getting done as the hearings approach.