NHL teams, players avoid arbitration hearings in 2013

Al Bello

All 21 players who filed for arbitration hearings settled prior to a hearing even taking place.

Prior to the 2013 NHL season, arbitrators had plenty of work trying to bridge the gap between the NHL and NHL Players' Association. Unfortunately (for the arbitrators), work will be much harder to come by this summer.

The New York Rangers and restricted free agent forward Mats Zuccarello came to terms on a one-year contract extension on Tuesday morning. Initially, 21 players filed for arbitration. Seven of those players agreed to deals with their clubs prior to receiving a hearing date, and the remaining 14 came to terms prior to the start of their hearing. Zuccarello was the final player to do so.

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