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Five players file for arbitration

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The forward and defenceman are ready to go to an independent arbitrator if needed.

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It is now known that five Winnipeg Jets have filed for binding salary arbitration. Marko Dano, Connor Hellebuyck, Brandon Tanev, Jacob Trouba, and Adam Lowry have elected to go this route. This decision impacts a few things:

  1. They can still be traded
  2. They cannot negotiate or sign an offer sheet
  3. They can negotiate a contract until the arbitrator announces their decision
  4. This does not mean that negotiations are going badly, just that the player wants to be at camp if they get to an impasse

It is important to note that when the asks come in for the players, they will be high and the Jets ask will seem low. It is part of the strategy to get what the player and agent think that they are worth. They have to present their arguments to an impartial third party who does not have to pick a side, but instead pick a number that they think is fair. The Jets can pick if they want a one or two year contract.