This is going to be interesting. I’m trying to think of another player heading for arbitration with so little to back up his demands.
As a restricted free agent Ryan White has every right to ask fore an arbitrator. At the same time, the Canadiens have the right to walk away from an arbitrator’s eventual ruling if they don’t like it.
Hard to imagine what White is looking for, or what the Canadiens offered him when they tendered their contract offer last month. On Tuesday the Canadiens signed centre Gabriel Dumont to a two-way contract two-year. The last two seasons White has operated on a one-year one-way contracts worth 625 thousand dollars and then 687-thousand a year. The Canadiens are not likely to have asked White to revert to a two-way deal, so the money amount becomes the probable issue. Seems to me it’s going to be a tough sell for White and his agent. Offense is not what White brings to the NHL table. In 26 games last season he had one point – a goal. He’s played a total of 89 Canadiens games with 3 goals, 8 assists and 189 minutes in penalties.
A total of 21 players filed for arbitration Wednesday. Players can continue to negotiate and settle with their teams right up to the arbitration date.
Detroit Red Wings – Brendan Smith
Edmonton Oilers – Sam Gagner
Los Angeles Kings – Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Jordan Nolan
Montreal Canadiens – Ryan White
Nashville Predators – Nick Spaling
New York Islanders – Josh Bailey
New York Rangers – Mats Zuccarello
Ottawa Senators – Eric Condra
Pittsburgh Penguins – Robert Bortuzzo
St. Louis Blues – Chris Stewart
Toronto Maple Leafs – Mark Fraser, Carl Gunnarsson
Vancouver Canucks – Dale Weise
Winnipeg Jets – Zach Bogosian, Bryan Little, Paul Postma, Eric Tangradi,Blake Wheeler
The hearings will be held in Toronto from July 22 to August 6.