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NHLPA releases arbitration dates; Holtby, Stepan and Bernier set for late July (Puck Daddy)

The NHL Players’ Association has posted the dates for arbitration hearings, which means … this basically puts a deadline on when the restricted free agent player will likely end up being re-signed. And as far as the big names go … Philadelphia and Michael Del Zotto: July 21 Washington and Braden Holtby: July 23 New York Rangers and Derek Stepan: July 27 Also, the Toronto Maple Leafs filed for arbitration with goaltender Jonathan Bernier (July 31 hearing date). The Edmonton Oilers filed for arb with defenseman Justin Schultz (July 24 hearing date). Can’t make a deal? Call in the Priceline Negotiator! Players really don’t like it when its club files for arb, but it is a lever teams use if it’s having trouble signing a player. A player can go through club-elected arbitration once in his career. Sometimes – very rarely – an arbitrator rules after hearing both sides of the argument where the team says a player isn’t worth what he’s asking. The player shoots for much higher.  For example, in 2011 the Nashville Predators said Shea Weber’s comparable was Keith Yandle who had recently signed a five-year extension worth $5.25 million annually . The arbitrator (understandably) disagreed and handed Weber a one-year $7.5 million settlement. Also, the Predators filed on Weber, and his camp was not exactly pleased with this development, which likely helped lead to the offer sheet debacle the following summer and Weber eventually getting $13 million lump sum in his bank account every July 1 since. So in some ways it all worked out for him.  P.K. Subban went through arbitration with the Montreal Canadiens last summer, but then negotiated an eight-year extension after the process.  Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist and Arizona’s Mikkel Boedker filed for arbitration this offseason but came to agreements with their respective teams already.  An arbitration case can be quite damaging to a player’s relationship with a team, just because he gets to hear all the reasons why his team thinks he’s lame. It’s not a fun process for all involved, but it’s a way to get a contract done. So around when will your favorite ‘arb player’ possibly get a new contract? The list! PLAYER ELECTED FILINGS Arizona Coyotes Phil Samuelsson – July 21, 2015 Brendan Shinnimin- July 20, 2015 Buffalo Sabres Phil Varone – July 27, 2015 (settled) Calgary Flames Lance Bouma – July 22, 2015 Paul Byron – July 30, 2015 Josh Jooris – July 28, 2015 Colorado Avalanche Andrew Agozzino – July 20, 2015 Mathew Clark – July 22, 2015 Minnesota Wild Erik Haula – July 31, 2015 Nashville Predators Craig Smith – July 20, 2015 Colin Wilson – July 28, 2015 New Jersey Devils Eric Gélinas – July 21, 2015 Adam Larsson – July 29, 2015 New York Rangers Derek Stepan – July 27, 2015 Ottawa Senators Alex Chiasson – July 23, 2015 Mike Hoffman – July 30, 2015 Philadelphia Flyers Michael Del Zotto – July 21, 2015 Toronto Maple Leafs Taylor Beck – July 24, 2015 (settled) Washington Capitals Braden Holtby – July 23, 2015 Marcus Johansson – July 29, 2015 CLUB ELECTED FILINGS Edmonton Oilers Justin Schultz – July 24, 2015 Toronto Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier – July 31, 2015 Behold The Score’s piece on arbitration for some extra details.  – – – – – – – Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper MORE FROM YAHOO SPORTS