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Two Wild RFA’s filed for salary arbitration before yesterdays 4 pm deadline.

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Happy Friyay everyone!

Arbitration. It’s sounds like such a scary and harsh word, but in the hockey world it’s really just a formality. Arbitration guarantees an agreement on a contract for restricted free agents prior to showing up at camp in the fall. Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba and winger Jason Zucker filed for salary arbitration yesterday afternoon. The dates for their arbitration hearings are yet to be determined, but will most likely not be needed as teams and players usually settle on a contract agreement before the arbitration hearing. Hopefully, that will be the case for both Dumba and Zucker as they’re important players going forward for the Wild.

Taking us through the Walk this morning is the one and only Napoleon Dynamite.

Wild News

Zucker, Dumba file for salary arbitration with Wild - StarTribune.com
The formality is a precursor to a hearing, which is often avoided when the sides reach a contract agreement.

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On Frozen Pond

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Off The Trail

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Weber expected to be out until mid-December for Canadiens
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Lou Lamoriello talks New York Islanders and John Tavares signing with Maple Leafs
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Jason Botterill has Buffalo on the right track – TheHockeyNews
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