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Jets file for arbitration on Frolik

Jun 15, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

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Much like Ryan O’Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche, the Winnipeg Jets are trying to get a deal done with one of their own and would rather not use a qualifying offer to get it done.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the Jets have filed for club-elected salary arbitration with forward Michael Frolik. He’s set to become a restricted free agent on July 1. By going to arbitration, that means the Jets are opting not make a $1.9 million qualifying offer to Frolik and will look to get a new deal worked out before the two sides wind up in a hearing.

Frolik is coming off a three-year deal that paid him $7 million. While that works out to a $2.333 million cap hit, he was paid $1.9 million last season. He had a solid season scoring 15 goals with 42 points and continued to be one of the better penalty killers in the league.

According to CapGeek, Frolik is a year away from becoming an unrestricted free agent and can only elect to a one-year award in arbitration. There he can either win his case and get a raise on his $1.9 million or he could lose and wind up seeing his salary fall as low as $1.615 million (85 percent of $1.9 million).

That said, don’t expect arbitration to be an issue. Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports says Frolik’s agent Allan Walsh is working on a long-term deal with the Jets.

  1. scrouch - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Interesting. I don’t really get why they decided to go this route. The plan is to try and sign him long-term. Could be that they want to expedite the process as much as possible so they don’t need to go through the dance of giving a qualifying offer, having it rejected as it obviously would be, having Frolik file for arbitration because that’s what you do, and then not getting things worked out until well past all the UFAs are gone. If they can get a deal with Frolik soon it’ll let them know what cap space they have to work with for UFAs.

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