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2004 NHL arbitration tracker

Originally Published: August 13, 2004
By Tom Wheatley | Special to ESPN.com

Arbitration in the NHL isn't pretty. Unlike baseball, where the arbiter chooses either the team's or player's bid, an NHL salary arbiter listens to each side's argument and awards any amount he or she deems fit.

Instead of letting a neutral party decide their fate, the sides often come to an agreement before the hearing date. Even after a decision is made, teams have the option of walking away while retaining the right to match an offer from another team that is less than 80 percent of the ...

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