Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Stars, Brunnstrom up next in arbitration
By Mark Stepneski
The next NHL player in line for an actual arbitration hearing is Dallas Stars forward Fabian Brunnstrom, who is on the schedule for Friday.
Both cases that were scheduled for Thursday have been settled by the teams and players reaching agreements on contracts and so has another one set for Friday, leaving Brunnstrom and the Stars as the next open case.
The Stars and Brunnstrom can continue to negotiate and try to work out a contract as the hearing approaches, but as of right now that seems unlikely.
“No progress,” J.P. Barry, who is Brunnstrom’s agent, said about negotiations in an email. “We have exchanged positions and will arbitrate on Friday.”
Under the CBA, the two sides are required to file briefs in the case at least 48 hours prior to the hearing, which will be held in Toronto.
Brunnstrom, who is coming off a two-year entry-level contract that paid him a base NHL salary of $787,500, passed on the Stars’ qualifying offer of $826,875 on a two-way contract. A two-way deal would pay him less if he were to play in the AHL. It’s believed Brunnstrom is looking for a one-way contract that would pay him the same whether he is in the NHL or in the AHL.
If the two sides can't work out a deal and the case does go to a hearing, an arbitrator is expected to decide on a contract within 48 hours. Once that ruling is made there is the slim possibility the Stars could decide to walk away from the contract, making Brunnstrom an unrestricted free agent.
Brunnstrom had two goals and nine assists in 44 games last season. He was a healthy scratch more than 20 times during the season and also missed time because of injury. In his rookie season of 2008-09, Brunnstrom registered 17 goals and 12 assists in 55 games.