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Jets File for Team Elected Arbitration for Michael Frolik

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Bob McKenzie broke the news that the Jets filed for team elected arbitration in for Michael Frolik. What does this mean?

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First of all, the Winnipeg Jets filing for arbitration in the case of Michael Frolik does not mean they cannot sign him to a deal before the hearing; it just means that a hearing will be scheduled for the two sides. It also does not mean that he is protected from an offer sheet; there is just a limited frame in which he can sign one. So what does this mean for the Jets? It is limiting in a few ways if negotiations go to arbitration. It means that he can only sign a one year contract extension and then he would be an unrestricted free agent.

All is not lost though. Negotiations are ongoing and hopefully a fair resolution is reached. Remember that Frolik's agent is Allen Walsh, the agent who took Cheveldayoff to the woodshed with Ondrej Pavelec's contract.

Below is some more information about these recent developments:

Note: GroupIII free agency just means he has had 7 accrued seasons.

All information via CapGeek.