On that list are current Winnipeg Jets Andrew Copp and Neal Pionk, as well as three former Jets: Rangers’ defenceman Jacob Trouba, Ducks’ forward Chase de Leo and Canadiens’ forward Joel Armia. Newcomer Pionk – who was part of the return in the June Trouba deal – and Copp now have until July 20th to sort out individual contracts before the two deals will be presented to an independent arbitrator.
Of the three rostered RFA players able to vie for salary arbitration, Copp and Pionk chose head that route, while goaltender Eric Comrie did not. Comrie, 23, spent the majority of the 2018-19 season with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League, putting up a 25-20-2 record with a 2.69 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.
In 2018, goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, defenceman Jacob Trouba, and forwards Adam Lowry, Marko Dano and Brandon Tanev all filed for salary arbitration. Of the five, Trouba was the only player to see through negotiations and present his case in front of an arbitrator in Toronto. The NHLPA will announce the arbitration hearing schedule later this month. Copp and Pionk have until the time of their hearings to continue negotiations with GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and Co.