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Interesting players who didn’t file for arbitration

Jul 5, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

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The NHLPA released a list of 20 players who filed for salary arbitration on Saturday, yet there were a few interesting names that didn’t make it on that list (for whatever reasons).

Feel free to share other noteworthy RFAs who didn’t file in the comments, but here are a few of the more intriguing players who decided to ignore that process altogether:

Sutter, 25, scored 13 goals and 26 points while averaging 15:56 minutes per game in 81 contests last season.

In his second season with the Red Wings, the 24-year-old defenseman averaged 21:38 per game, the second highest total behind Niklas Kronwall (24:19). DeKeyser scored a solid 23 points in 65 games, making him a nice bargain at $1.35 million (after performance bonuses). That could be an interesting RFA negotiation process to watch this summer.


Again, this isn’t a comprehensive list. If there are any names that stand out (note: not every RFA is eligible for salary arbitration), feel free to point some out in the comments.

  1. pj608 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Sobotka Schwartz or Johansen should sign with NJ… Please? or even Sutter or Niederitter. Someone young please jump ship to NJ

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      They are trying to be contenders for the McDavid Derby.

    • stevedurbano - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      Volodya and Schwartz will be there when the Blues win the Cup.

    • pj608 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      In case you all forgot… The 1996 red wings were the oldest team in the league and they swept the Stanley cup finals. So keep bashing on NJ all you guys want but just keep that in mind.

      • avscup - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        Really? Because any real hockey fan knows the Avs won the ’96 cup.

        When does Santa come to visit you kid?

  2. isphet71 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Danny DeKeyser is going to be an All-Star and annual Norris Trophy Candidate starting a few years from now. You heard it here first.

    • partsman193509 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Not a doubt in my mind. He is going to be one hell of a defenseman

    • pwshrugged - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      No doubt there, and the Wings know it – they’ll take care of him.

    • rmccleary97 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:03 AM

      Dekeyser is a solid defenseman, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays in a few All-Star games before his career is up … but annual Norris Trophy candidate? Only if we’re talking “gets votes to be in the top-10” because when you look at guys like Doughty (finalist once), Karlsson (won in 2012), Pietrangelo (2-time 2nd team NHL All-Star), Weber (runner-up twice, finalist one other time), and Suter (runner-up in ’13), I don’t see Dekeyser passing any of them in the next 4-6 years. The “oldest” of that group are Weber (28) and Suter (29), the others are the same age or no more than a year older, and I haven’t even mentioned Subban (24 and already 1 Norris), Keith (30 and 2 Norris), Ekman-Larsson (only 22), McDonaugh (24), or Hedman (23).

      • hockeydon10 - Jul 6, 2014 at 6:40 AM

        I don’t get this. DDK has played less than a full season of NHL games so far (76 games to date) because he signed so late in 2013 and was injured for a handful of games this past season.

        His play and points really are right there in the mix compared to the first seasons of a lot of those guys you’ve already mentioned. And they had to improve before getting those Norris considerations, just like DDK will have to. But that’s a far cry from, “Oh, please. He couldn’t possibly catch up to the play of this list of guys”

        I’m not sure what that age list has to do with anything. Ray Bourque won his first at age 27 and his last at age 34. Lidstrom won his first at age 31 and his last at age 41. Age is a factor but it’s not a limitation for Norris consideration.

  3. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    I have high hopes for DDK, I’m sure he’s gonna be one of the best defenseman out there in years to come

  4. thatguytml92 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Not even gonna mention gardiner for the leafs?

  5. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    It was actually 97, note also 98 wings swept the finals after that, back to back sweeps! Arguably one of the best Stanley cup champion teams in history

    • pj608 - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:13 AM

      Thought it was 96 because i remember the devils sweeping them in 95…..

      • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        Well, it was the 96-97 season, so you were half right.

  6. jacketsfan7 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Pj608 johansen will never sign with you
    I forbid it

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