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Twenty players file for salary arbitration

Monday, 07.06.2009 / 9:19 AM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

By NHL.com Staff

Twenty players filed for salary arbitration on Sunday, according to the NHL Players Association, including two apiece from the New York Rangers and Phoenix Coyotes.

One of them, Chicago defenseman Aaron Johnson, signed a one-year contract with his team on Monday, avoiding going to arbitration.

The NHL will hold hearings in Toronto from July 20 to Aug. 4 to settle pending arbitration cases. Teams have until 5 p.m. EDT Monday to decide to take players to arbitration.

Players who filed for arbitration as of Sunday night:

Anaheim: James Wisniewski, defenseman

Atlanta: Colby Armstrong, forward

Boston: Matt Hunwick, forward

Buffalo: Clarke MacArthur, forward

Carolina: Tuomo Ruutu, forward

Chicago: Aaron Johnson, defenseman (re-signed with club Monday)

Columbus: Marc Methot, defenseman

Detroit: Jiri Hudler, forward

Edmonton: Denis Grebeshkov, defenseman

Minnesota: Kyle Brodziak, forward

Montreal:
Tomas Plekanec, forward

New Jersey: Travis Zajac, forward

NY Rangers: Ryan Callahan, forward; Nikolai Zherdev, forward

NY Islanders: Nate Thompson, forward

Phoenix: Nigel Dawes, forward; Daniel Winnik, forward

Tampa Bay: Matt Smaby, defenseman

Vancouver: Kyle Wellwood, forward

Washington: Milan Jurcina, defenseman

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