Baseball, bratwurst, swimming pools, lockouts in two major sports, and NHL arbitration hearings.
The NHLPA has released the 2011 Arbitration Hearings schedule. The only Edmonton Oiler on the list is Andrew Cogliano. The outcome of arbitration will likely determine his future as an Oiler. If he’s awarded a number that the Oilers wish not to pay him*, the club has 48 hours to walk away from the decision, making Cogs a free agent outright (See MacArthur, Clarke and his $2.4M award while a member of the Thrashers).
Cogliano and Edmonton have the right to come to an agreement before the scheduled hearing date, which would nullify the hearing.
*Per the 2005 CBA, there is a number that if awarded, the club must accept the deal (see Kennedy, Tim in 2010). I believe that number is roughly up to and including $1.7M. If Cogliano is awarded something outlandish, the club will likely sever ties immediately. If he’s awarded less than the magic number, it could get really cloudy over here.
For the complete list of 2011 arbitration hearings, click here.
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