On Thursday, 29 NHL players filed for salary arbitration and Sharks defenseman Rob Davison was among the group. Arbitration allows for the both the team and the player to present their salary positions to a neutral third party, who will then determine the number. The arbitrator can pick one of the two numbers or come to their own financial opinion.
The deadline for Club-Elected Salary Arbitration notification is July 6, at 2 p.m. PST, but the Sharks are not expected to take that route with any players. Hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to August 4, 2007 and Davison’s date will be announced at a later time.
While Davison has elected to go to arbitration, he and the Sharks can still come to an agreement on their own prior to the hearing. Arbitration does guarantee a contract resolution prior to training camp.
During the past five seasons, Davison has played in 161 contests and registered 14 points (two goals, 12 assists). Last season, the 27-year-old defensive-minded blueliner posted two helpers in 22 games and did not play during the postseason.
The Sharks will hold a development camp for prospects next week at Logitech Ice, but the sessions will be closed to the public.