NHL free agency: 21 players opt for player-elected salary arbitration

Bruce Bennett

21 NHL players will take their teams to salary arbitration.

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
Brendan Smith

Edmonton Oilers
Sam Gagner

Los Angeles Kings
Trevor Lewis
Alec Martinez
Jake Muzzin
Jordan Nolan

Montreal Canadiens

Ryan White

Nashville Predators
Nick Spaling

New York Islanders
Josh Bailey

New York Rangers
Mats Zuccarello

Ottawa Senators
Eric Condra

Pittsburgh Penguins
Robert Bortuzzo

St. Louis Blues
Chris Stewart

Toronto Maple Leafs
Mark Fraser
Carl Gunnarsson

Vancouver Canucks
Dale Weise

Winnipeg Jets
Zach Bogosian
Bryan Little
Paul Postma
Eric Tangradi
Blake Wheeler

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.

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