Included on the NHL’s original list of the 44 players who filed for arbitration were current Winnipeg Jets Jacob Trouba, Connor Hellebuyck, Adam Lowry, Brandon Tanev and Marko Dano. As anticipated, the number of RFAs without contracts has and will continue to drop as the dates of the hearings approach.
On Thursday, Hellebuyck and the Jets agreed to a six-year extension, nixing his need for an arbitration hearing. Hellebuyck joins a list of nine players (Trevor van Riemsdyk, Colin Miller, Alex Lyon, Oskar Sundqvist, Dmitrij Jaskin, Matt Nieto, Joel Armia and Liam O’Brien) who have already agreed to fresh deals, eliminating their need to present their cases.
On a list headlined by Winnipegger Mark Stone, William Karlsson, Jason Zucker and Mat Dumba, Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba leads the way for the Jets. Not only is he highest profile Jet remaining on the list, and the league’s best defenceman filing for arbitration, his case will also be looked at first, as he drew a July 20th hearing date.
Adam Lowry’s case will be looked upon on July 22nd, Brandon Tanev’s will go July 25th, while Marko Dano will have his hearing on July 30th. Connor Hellebuyck’s case was to be dealt with on July 27th.
As has been the case for the past number of years, nearly 95 percent of all players that file for arbitration sort out their contracts with their team prior to their hearing. With that being said, Jets’ General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff must act quickly to avoid a Jacob Trouba arbitration hearing set for one week’s time.