Geez. Is there anything worse than arbitration? Probably. But not many things.
Arbitration is the time of year when players and teams try to figure out salary. Teams usually do this by slamming the player (‘Twenty-five goals? You should have had 50. You’re awful’). Players usually do this by exaggerating their accomplishments (‘Who scores 25 goals nowadays? Do you know how big goalie equipment is?’).
It’s pretty awful stuff. That’s why so many players re-sign before their arbitration date. Last year only 11 players went through arbitration — 29 filed and settled.
Here’s this year’s arbitration schedule for you morbid hockey fans out there.
Maybe the Player’s Association will start releasing root canal schedules, too.