Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson has elected to file for arbitration. Defenseman Dmitry Orlov chose not to do so.
The deadline for players filing for arbitration was Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. Marcus Johansson has chosen to file for arbitration (once again), meaning the two sides could not come to an agreement.
If Johansson and the Caps needed an arbitration ruling again, would have to be a one-year deal. He’d be a UFA at the conclusion of it.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) July 5, 2016
Johansson’s filing does not mean a contract could not be reached prior to the arbitration hearing date. There were 25 filings for arbitration last summer, with only eight cases actually making it to a hearing, and only three of those cases requiring a ruling. (Some cases actually reach an agreement during the arbitration hearing process).
Last year had 25 arbitration filings:
23 player elected
2 club elected
8 had hearings
3 contracts awarded by arbhttps://t.co/QROZ2FOImK
— General Fanager (@generalfanager) July 5, 2016
A total of 24 players have filed for arbitration this year. Salary arbitration hearings will take place in Toronto between July 20th and Aug. 4th. Exact dates for each player will be announced sometime in the next week.
The Capitals went to arbitration with Johansson last summer, with Johansson ultimately receiving a one-year deal worth $3.75 million. If Johansson and the Capitals need an arbitration ruling again, then it would be for a one-year deal and Johansson would be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion the contract.
The Washington Post has reported that “General Manager Brian MacLellan has indicated an uneasiness about what a one-year arbitration ruling for Johansson would look like this time around, as he has some favorable comparables. An arbitrator awarded Johansson $3.75 million after a breakout season, when he finished with 20 goals and 27 assists and played in every game. He maintained that production last season with 17 goals and 29 assists in 74 games.”
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