It seems like more NHL teams and their players this summer are actually going through with the arbitration process. The Bruins are currently having a rough off-season, and their goalie of the future just went to arbitration with the team.
With the Colorado Avalanche, we did a deep dive on Jonathan Drouin, with a lot of video clips showcasing the good and the bad.
All that and more in this Monday edition of Evan’s Daily.
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I watched 8 Montreal Canadiens games to get an idea of what to expect from Jonathan Drouin. That’s a lot more difficult than it sounds, because that team was a bit of a mess But after 139 shifts, I got good feel of Drouin’s game. With 28 video clips and over 2,000 words, I got pretty detailed. You can read the film room and analysis here with a CHN+ subscription.
Drouin will not be the last one, as I’ll be moving through all the new additions soon. Up next will likely be Ryan Johansen. I appreciate the feedback on Drouin’s deep dive.
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The previous two years, there was only one NHL player that went through with the arbitration process. This year, there’s already been two, and on Sunday, another player had their hearing.
That player was Jeremy Swayman of the Boston Bruins. They went into arbitration with a large gap, which is normal, but the fact they went through with the process is a bit of a surprise.
And will Boston have to do it again? Trent Frederic is scheduled to have his hearing on Tuesday, and the numbers for both sides came out Sunday. As expected, there’s a gap in money, but also contract length, as the Bruins want a two-year deal. Boston, with limited cap space, is trying to do whatever they can to keep these cap hits down, but arbitration is not a fun process to go through for either side.
The Bruins set the record for most wins and points in a season, but they’re going to look very different next year. It seems impossible that they could miss the playoffs, but with the players they’ve lost, you just never know.
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