When the NHL's deadline to declare for salary arbitration came and went on Wednesday, just one Sharks player took the option, center Mark Smith. The declaration by Smith ensures he will be under contract in time for training camp in September.
Buffalo leads the way with 12 players declaring for arbitration. Teams have until Thursday, July 6 to take players to arbitration. The process allows both the team and player to present their salary requests to a neutral third party who will make a decision based upon the evidence presented.