- Tom Wheatley
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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 decision.
Below is the complete list of eligible players who filed for arbitration by the July 15 deadline, with their position, age and 2003-04 statistics (games played, goals, assists, points, plus-minus rating and penalties in minutes). Players who have signed with their team before their hearing date are listed with "settled" and the terms of their new contract.
We also contacted four NHL pro scouts to get their takes on the players who filed.
Tom Wheatley is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com. He is the co-author of Bob Plager's "Tales from the Blues Bench" and "The Memoirs of Bing Devine," both available from Sports Publishing LLC.