21 NHL free agents have elected to take their teams to arbitration in an attempt to solve contract disputes, the NHLPA announced. Here's a full list of those players, who are all restricted free agents:
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
St. Louis Blues
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL teams have the right to take players to arbitration as well. Those decisions must be announced by Thursday, July 11 at 5 p.m. -- 24 hours after the player-elected salary arbitration deadline. Arbitration hearings will be held in the final week of July and the first week of August.
The ruling of the arbitrator is final, and the league and NHLPA will jointly agree before hand on a group of eight arbitrators. Arbitrators are only allowed to award one or two-year deals.