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Arbitration ahead?

by Mike Board / Calgary Flames
Barring a deal being struck overnight, the Calgary Flames and defenceman Ian White are scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing Friday morning in Toronto.


Flames GM Darryl Sutter, assistant general manager Jay Feaster and senior vice president and assistant general manager Michael Holditch will make the team's case in front of an arbitrator.

The two sides exchanged briefs on Wednesday in preparation for today's hearing.

“From the standpoint of the club, nothing has changed,” Feaster told the Calgary Herald. “My sense of it is the player has a strong feeling about where he is on the market and so, too, does the club have a strong opinion about where he sits.”

White is coming off a season in which he made $950,000 US. White, 26, is only one year away from unrestricted free agency, so the Flames are not able to opt for a mediated two-year deal. So the deal is a one-year deal.

The Flames also have the option to walk away from the contract. That woulod make White an unrestricted free agent.

White came to Calgary Jan. 31from the Maple Leafs in a trade that saw Dion Phaneuf and Fredrik Sjostrom go to Toronto for White, Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman and Jamal Mayers.

In 27 appearances with Calgary last season, White collected 12 points, averaged 20:42 of ice time and went plus-seven. He had 38 points in 83 games, including his time with the Leafs.

Including his work with the Maple Leafs, he finished with 38 points in 83 games..

Following the hearing the arbitrator has 48 hours to make a ruling.

The Flames then have 48 hours to decide whether to accept the ruling or let White go.

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