With Ryan Dzingel’s arbitration date set for July 21, it was only a matter of time until the two sides’ requests became public. Elliotte Friedman released their asks earlier today:
Dzingel (OTT) -- team offer: $1M; player ask: $1.95M. Still time to settle— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 19, 2017
On the team’s end, the comparisons aren’t great. Players making exactly $1M are mostly washed-up veterans looking to prove they have something left (Michael Cammalleri, Scott Hartnell, Dominic Moore, Ales Hemsky) or young-ish players who haven’t done much (Nick Cousins, Tyler Pitlick). The team is basically saying show us one more year that you can stay at the NHL level, and then we’ll talk. Kind of like what the team did with Mike Hoffman.
For Dzingel’s ask, he comes in around players like Zack Kassian, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Joonas Donskoi. Last season, Dzingel scored 32 points in 81 games, while those other three scored 24 in 79, 28 in 74, and and 17 in 61 respectively. Dzingel and Donskoi are a month apart in age. Based on production and age, I’d say Dzingel’s ask looks a little more reasonable.
Of course, the sides could very easily settle before meeting with an arbitrator. That’s still the most common outcome in the NHL. It also seems that in general, the arbitrators come out more team-friendly than I’d expect. Still, I think Dzingel has a case, and I’d expect a decision to come out around $1.7M.
Where will Dzingel’s salary fall?
|$1.4M-$1.6M (split the difference)||325|