Twenty restricted free agents are set to plead their case at salary arbitration hearings in the coming weeks. Should players and clubs not be able to reach an agreement before the respective case gets under way, below is a list of the scheduled hearings.
What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.
— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp