Restricted free agents Neal Pionk and Andrew Copp have both opted for salary arbitration today, as announced by the NHLPA.
Copp played 69 games last year and had 11 goals and 14 assists, bringing his point total to 25. Pionk, who was acquired in the Trouba trade, played top line minutes for the Rangers. He played 73 games and had 6 goals and 20 assists, getting him 26 points for the season. Copp had an AAV of $1,000,000 and Pionk had an AAV of $1,775,000. Both are looking for raises on those numbers.
Salary arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to Aug. 4, 2019. With both players filing for arbitration, a new 48 hour buyout window will open three days after the last hearing.
It’s worth noting that all parties involved can negotiate and sign a deal prior to the hearings, which would avoid the hearing altogether.
Eric Comrie, who was also arbitration eligible, opted to not go to arbitration.