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NHL free agency 2019: Jordan Binnington, Danton Heinen, Jacob Trouba among 40 to file for salary arbitration

Sporting News — (Matt Hornick)

NHL contract arbitration hearings are approaching, and 5 p.m. ET Friday was the deadline for players to file for them. Forty restricted free agents from 20 teams elected to have their contract disputes handled by a third party. 

Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, who was instrumental in the team's midseason turnaround and subsequent Stanley Cup championship, was among the top players to enter arbitration. He earned first-team all-rookie honors and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy despite playing in just 32 regular season games last season. He ended up signing a two-year, $8.8 million deal before his hearing.

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Bruins forward Danton Heinen — who faced Binnington in this year's Stanley Cup Final, Flames center Sam Bennett and Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba, who joined New York via trade from Winnipeg on June 17, also scheduled meetings in Toronto.

The Blues and Flames, with four each, had the most players file for arbitration. St. Louis will look to settle with Binnington, forwards Zach Sanford and Oskar Sundqvist and defenseman Joel Edmundson. Calgary is looking for a settlement with goalie David Rittich, who would back up newly acquired Cam Talbot. 

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Arbitration hearings will begin toward the end of July. While most disputes will end up settled before hearings take place, any negotiation that reaches arbitration must have a decision from the arbitrator no more than 48 hours after the meeting. The team then has the option to accept or decline the salary that the arbitrator sets. If the salary is declined, the player can then declare himself an unrestricted free agent.

Below is a list of all the restricted free agents to file for salary arbitration.

TeamPlayerPositionStatus
Anaheim DucksChase De LeoCSigned after filing: one year, $750,000
Boston BruinsDanton HeinenCSigned after filing: two years, $5.6 million
Buffalo SabresRemi ElieLWSigned after filing: one year, $700,000
Buffalo SabresJake McCabeDSigned after filing: two years, $5.7 million
Buffalo SabresEvan RodriguesLWAwarded: one year, $2 million
Buffalo SabresLinus UllmarkGSigned after filing: one year, $1.325 million
Calgary FlamesSam BennettCSigned after filing: two years, $5.1 million
Calgary FlamesRyan LombergLWSigned after filing: one year, $700,000
Calgary FlamesDavid RittichGSigned after filing: two years, $5.5 million
Calgary FlamesRinat ValievDSigned after filing: one year, $700,000
Carolina HurricanesAnton ForsbergGArbitration hearing scheduled for Aug. 4
Carolina HurricanesBrock McGinnLWSigned after filing: two years, $4.2 million
Colorado AvalancheJ.T. CompherRWSigned after filing: four years, $14 million
Colorado AvalancheSheldon DriesCSigned after filing: one year, $735,000
Colorado AvalancheRyan GravesDSigned after filing: one year, $735,000
Dallas StarsJason DickinsonCSigned after filing: two years, $3 million
Florida PanthersMacKenzie WeegarDSigned after filing: one year, $1.6 million
Los Angeles KingsAlex IafalloLWSigned after filing: two years, $4.85 million
Montreal CanadiensJoel ArmiaRWSigned after filing: two years, $5.2 million
Montreal CanadiensCharles HudonLWSigned after filing: one year, $800,000
Montreal CanadiensArtturi LehkonenLWSigned after filing: two years, $4.8 million
Nashville PredatorsRocco GrimaldiRWAwarded: one year, $1 million
Nashville PredatorsColton SissonsCSigned after filing: seven years, $20 million
New Jersey DevilsWill ButcherDSigned after filing: three years, $11.2 million
New Jersey DevilsConnor CarrickDSigned after filing: two years, $3 million
New Jersey DevilsMirco MuellerDSigned after filing: one year, $1.4 million
New York RangersPavel BuchnevichRWSigned after filing: two years, $6.5 million
New York RangersJacob TroubaDSigned after filing: seven years, $56 million
Philadelphia FlyersScott LaughtonCSigned after filing: two years, $4.6 million
Pittsburgh PenguinsZach Aston-ReeseCSigned after filing: two years, $2 million
St. Louis BluesJordan BinningtonGSigned after filing: two years, $8.8 million
St. Louis BluesJoel EdmundsonDAwarded: one year, $3.1 million
St. Louis BluesZach SanfordLWSigned after filing: two years, $3 million
St. Louis BluesOskar SundqvistCSigned after filing: four years, $11 million
Tampa Bay LightningCedric PaquetteCSigned after filing: two years, $3.3 million
Vegas Golden KnightsMalcolm SubbanGSigned after filing: one year, $850,000
Washington CapitalsChristian DjoosDAwarded: one year, $1.25 million
Washington CapitalsChandler StephensonCSigned after filing: one year, $1.05 million
Winnipeg JetsAndrew CoppCAwarded: two years, $4.56 million
Winnipeg JetsNeal PionkDSigned after filing: two years, $6 million