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SportAndrew Copp, Winnipeg Jets exchange arbitration figures

21:32  19 july  2019
21:32  19 july  2019 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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Andrew Copp, Winnipeg Jets exchange arbitration figures© Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Second on the list of arbitration hearings scheduled for this summer is Andrew Copp of the Winnipeg Jets. The two sides exchanged figures prior to their hearing on Sunday, and according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet the player filed for a one-year deal at $2.9M while the team is looking for a two-year contract at $1.5M. In this case, the team gets to choose the length of the award because Copp was the one who filed for arbitration. It is important to remember that not only can the two sides still negotiate a different deal in the time remaining (and even for a short period after the hearing), the arbitration decision also does not need to be one salary or the other. The award can (and usually does) fall somewhere in the middle of the submitted figures.

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Andrew Copp, Winnipeg Jets exchange arbitration figures© Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Copp only just turned 25 a few days ago, meaning he will be a restricted free agent at the end of even a two-year contract. The fourth-round pick has developed into a valuable depth piece for the Jets even if his offense still hasn’t progressed very far. Scoring 11 goals and 25 points in 69 games last season was the best rate of his NHL career, but his real worth lies on the penalty kill and in the corners where he is a strong possession player.

The question will be how the Jets can afford to keep him as a fourth-line player if he receives a decision anywhere near the $2.9M he filed for. Though they still have nearly $23M in cap room, Winnipeg has contracts still to sign with Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine which should likely total more than $15M combined. That $23M disappears fast given it is only based on a 15-player roster at the moment, and Neal Pionk is also due for an arbitration hearing next week. The Jets find themselves in real trouble after losing three key players from their blue line and will need a youngster like Jack Roslovic or Kristian Vesalainen to give them some real value on an entry-level deal.

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The arbitration figures for the last few cases came out fast and furious Friday from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. Finally, Jake McCabe was the final player Friedman reported on, indicating that the defenseman asked for $4.3M while the Buffalo Sabres filed for a $1.95M contract. McCabe is scheduled for a hearing on Sunday. It is important to remember that the two sides can continue to negotiate up to (and for a short period after) the hearing. The arbitrator does also not need to choose one filing or the other, but will almost always decide on a number near the mid-point of the two. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsMcCabe, 25, is asking for quite the raise on the $1.

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