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Kaspars Daugavins files for salary arbitration

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According to ESPN, one Ottawa Senators RFA has filed for salary arbitration: Winger and notoriously hilarious dude Kaspars Daugavins.

Kaspars Daugavins

#23 / Left Wing / Ottawa Senators



May 18, 1988

2011 - Kaspars Daugavins 65 5 6 11 -2 12 0 0 1 77

As you likely recall, Daugavins stepped into Ottawa's lineup early last season and became a solid penalty-killer and spark-plug player on the team. Come playoff time, though, he only played one game for the team, bumped out by the solid play of Zenon Konopka in the post-season.

We haven't yet explored what Daugavins' value would be as an RFA, but he'd probably compare with similar players as Jim O'Brien--for whom we did publish an RFA dossier. The difference with Daugavins, though, is that he's heading to arbitration. Apparently the sticking point is that Daugavins wants a one-way deal.

I'm not CBA expert, but after a brief Google search, I was able to find a pretty good rundown of what comes with arbitration on The Hosers blog. Here are the broad strokes:

  • The team selects whether they want a one- or two-year settlement
  • Both sides present comparable cases to the player in question
  • The arbitrator makes a decision based on comparable cases, which could include a "minor-league clause" (I'm assuming this takes the form of a two-way deal)
  • If the salary awarded in the arbitrator's decision is above a certain figure--which in 2005 was $1,042,173 but now may be as high as $1,753,000--the team has the option of walking away from the deal, rendering the player a UFA; if it's below, the team must adhere to the deal

That's how I understand it, anyway. The Senators tendered a qualifying offer to Daugavins, which meant they retained his rights whether or not an agreement was struck; with arbitration, though, there's a wrench in those plans. Given the number of one-way contracts and budding prospects around, the question at hand is whether or not there's room for Daugavins in the Sens' lineup at present.