Every year we see something a little different from arbitration, and
a team does something that breaks some new ground.
Dimitri Kristich (had his contract abandoned by Boston) Darren Van
Impe (released by Boston) after winning an arbitration award. Every
year a new surprise or two. Martin Lapointe and Darius Kasparaitis
settled and took less for unrestricted free agency based on senority
vs salary and got their freedom and big bucks.
With the hearings coming up for Radek Bonk and Anson Carter both of
those teams have problems paying if the players win. This kind of
presents an opportunity for the Islanders to add players under thirty
(something Milbury has consistently done) without having to pay out a
huge increase compared to the salary of an Amonte or Scott Young.
The Islanders also have a player coming to arbitration in Scatchard
who made 600,000 last year, win or lose he will be a bargain. If he
wins, Milbury just may decide to deal him.
I do not put a great deal of stock in Peter Laviolette's Espn chat
where he said Scatchard may play left wing because the coach never
gives out anything of his plans, but if that were true if would be a
tough fit for the other left wings here and Chabada.
Anson Carter, if he wins will be over three million dollars and very
hard to pay, so he may have to be traded this time because Edmonton
has some serious money to pay their remaining free agents.
Bonk if he wins receives 3.5 million. This is a very high salary for
limited playoff results. Ottawa cannot pay him that kind of money and
almost for sure would have to move him. This is the kind of exchange
the Islanders could make with Scatchard if he wins his hearing.
What has to be remembered here is that if Edmonton and Ottawa are
forced to unload these players they will be hard pressed to get equal
value in a deal and cannot pay them for very long. Scatchard is not
an equal return for the talent, but it may be all they can get.