TORONTO (AP) -New York Rangers right winger Nikolai Zherdev and Detroit forward Jiri Hudler are among the 20 players who will enter salary arbitration, the NHL Players' Association said Sunday night.
Zherdev, who tied for the team lead with 58 points (23 goals, 35 assists), is looking for a raise on the $3.25 million salary he made last season. Hudler had 23 goals and 34 assists in the regular season. He made $1.15 million last season.
Anaheim defenseman James Wisniewski also field along with Atlanta's Colby Armstrong, Boston's Matt Hunwick, Buffalo's Clarke MacArthur, Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu, Chicago's Aaron Johnson, Columbus' Marc Methot, Edmonton's Denis Grebeshkov, Minnesota's Kyle Brodziak, Montreal's Tomas Plekanec, New Jersey's Travis Zajac, the New York Islanders' Nate Thompson, the Rangers' Ryan Callahan, Phoenix's Nigel Dawes and Daniel Winnik, Tampa Bay's Matt Smaby, Vancouver's Kyle Wellwood and Washington's Milan Jurcina.
Arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to Aug. 4.