Alex Chiasson's arbitration hearing was relatively routine. The two sides submitted bids that were relatively far apart, with the expectation the the number would come down right int he middle of the two. The hearing took place on Thursday, July 23, with the result due 48 hours later. This gave the arbitrator until around 1:30 PM Eastern Standard Time to release a decision.
1:30 came and went without much issue. After all, sometimes things are a little late getting out. Even in the age of Twitter, sometimes media finds something out and doesn't report it right away. However, these worries that the media had forgotten us were quickly put to rest by our old friend Doni B.
(Side note: anyone else enjoy the delicious irony of Brennan telling someone to do their job?)
From there though, things quickly went downhill.
Hasn't it been 48 hours since Chiasson hearing?— Adnan (@sens_adnan) July 25, 2015
What are the consequences (if any) for an arbitrator not rendering a decision within 48 hours? Pretty sure the deadline was 2pm for Chiasson— Steve Lloyd (@TSNSteveLloyd) July 25, 2015
Maybe the arbitrator is still trying to figure out how to pronounce "Chiasson."— Bonk's Mullet (@BonksMullet) July 25, 2015
I wonder if the arbitrator knows that the NHL no longer requires announcements to be sent via carrier pigeon— Silver Seven (@silversevensens) July 25, 2015
If the Sens could announce some contract news, that'd be great. Really chiasson stories over here.— Ian McLaren (@iancmclaren) July 25, 2015
The delay in Chiasson's arbitration announcement is 600x more exciting than what the award will actually be.— Tyler Ray (@DefenseMinister) July 25, 2015
Can we really rule out that the arbitrator was going to give too much to Chiasson and Eugene Melnyk had him kidnapped?— Adnan (@sens_adnan) July 25, 2015
Embarrassed to admit how many times I've checked my phone looking for an arbitration ruling for Alex Chiasson.— SensChirp (@SensChirp) July 25, 2015
@Fffeisty both sides are still trying to figure out who Chiasson is.— SensNation (@SensNation) July 25, 2015
Seriously what the hell happened with Chiasson?— Adnan (@sens_adnan) July 26, 2015
Where the hell is the Chiasson news?— Trevor Shackles (@ShackTS) July 26, 2015
What if Alex Chiasson's hearing involved watching the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy and the arbitrator is actually still on time?— Bonk's Mullet (@BonksMullet) July 26, 2015
Maybe the arbitrator forgot the number of hours in a day. After the French Revolution, for example, a day had only 10 hours— Silver Seven (@silversevensens) July 25, 2015
BREAKING: Alex Chiasson has been awarded 1.3 Vengabuses— WLCM 2 YR KRLSSN YRS (@wtyky) July 26, 2015
Colin Greening's contract will expire by the time this Chiasson arbitration decision is rendered.— The 6th Sens (@6thSens) July 26, 2015
By the evening, it looked like people were getting really desperate.
@6thSens Arbitrator trying to decide if Chiasson is more of a Carrie or a Miranda.— Kepler Classic (@ryanclassic) July 26, 2015
Can I really go to sleep without knowing the fate of Alex Chiasson?— Adnan (@sens_adnan) July 26, 2015
I'm hearing Chiasson has been awarded a new 2-year contract for $70 a month with Rogers. 4 GB of data. Reasonable deal imo.— Bonk's Mullet (@BonksMullet) July 25, 2015
So Sens Twitter, is it bedtime? Can we all sleep without resolving #ChiassonGate2015?— Silver Seven (@silversevensens) July 26, 2015
But then finally, (very) early the next morning, relief came in the form of an announcement
BREAKING: National Hockey League arbitrator has awarded #Sens forward Alex Chiasson a one-year contract at $1.2 million.— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) July 26, 2015
The Twitter world rejoiced! Well, not really. More like the Twitter world murmured then went back to their lives.
Finally, a decision...Alex Chiasson will make $1.2 million next season— Ken Warren (@Citizenkwarren) July 26, 2015
The $1.2 M ruling for Chiasson seems logical, based on his stats. What's strange is that news was released at 8:11 on Sun morning....— Ken Warren (@Citizenkwarren) July 26, 2015
LET'S ALL TALK ABOUT CHIASSON'S ARBITRATION RULING: it's fine.— Mike Wheeler (@TheMikeWheeler) July 26, 2015
I was honestly starting to wonder if the arbitrator had walk away rights from the Chiasson case.— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) July 26, 2015
Chiasson award is... pretty okay. For him and the team, I mean. It's complete shit for parody bloggers.— Joe Boughner (RBM) (@McLlwainsWorld) July 26, 2015
alex chiasson's arbitration deal was the alex chiasson of arbitration deals #sens— phil (@sixesandevans) July 26, 2015
I wonder if the arbitrator just wanted to spite all the people upset that Chiasson was going to make more than Condra #HatersGonnaHate— Ross (@Sheer_Rossyness) July 26, 2015
Around the country, one by one, little boys and girls wake up to learn that Alex Chiasson was awarded a fair contract. They exclaim, "Okay."— Bonk's Mullet (@BonksMullet) July 26, 2015
And is often the worrisome case, WTYKY was the voice of reason after the whole debacle.
Interesting outcome of Alex Chiasson arbitration ruling: All of us realizing we care way too much about hockey— WLCM 2 YR KRLSSN YRS (@wtyky) July 26, 2015
So there you have it. How Sens Twitter turned into a hot mess over a delay in the arbitration award announcement for a bottom-six forward. Someday we'll tell this story to a younger generation, and they will look deep in our eyes and say, "Okay."