Two days before his scheduled arbitration hearing on July 21, 2019, both sides in the negotiation process have submitted their initial contract offers.
#NHLJets Copp coming off a 2 yr deal at $1.0 per year. Now he’s asking for $2.9 for 1 yr. Team has countered with 2 yrs at $1.5 per. Arbitration to be heard Sunday unless the two sides come to an agreement before then.— Rick Ralph (@RickRalphTSN) July 19, 2019
The one year contract request from Andrew Copp is interesting in that it continues the shift we’re starting to see with younger players opting for shorter “bet on yourself” type deals. While it may seem that the two sides are far apart in numbers, I would remind fans that this is step one in the negotiation process, particularly leading up to an arbitration hearing. Optimism abounds that both sides will come to an agreement before the arbitration date.
I will be very surprised if the #NHLJets and Andrew Copp don’t strike a deal in the next 48 hours. Copp has an arbitration hearing set for Sunday in Toronto. Time will tell if it’s needed. Tick, tock.— Mike McIntyre (@mikemcintyrewpg) July 18, 2019
I’m confident that the Jets understand that their initial offer is much lower than what will be the final average annual value per year for Copp. I suspect the Jets ultimately want to settle in around the $2.3 million per year range for Copp.