Recapping Brad Treliving’s arbitration cases

The Calgary Flames weren’t big players during draft weekend or July 1st in free agency, which bucks the trend from previous years.

Brad Treliving, GM of the Flames since the Spring of 2014, has made a big offseason move in each of his years at the helm of the Flames. This year’s relative quietness isn’t due to a lack of trying though. He was a hair away from trading Michael Frolik for Jason Zucker at the trade deadline, and just had a big trade centered around TJ Brodie and Nazem Kadri with the Toronto Maple Leafs fall through because Kadri refused to waive his no-trade clause – at least that’s what we think.

A trade involving Brodie and/or Frolik is still probably coming though, primarily because of the Flames’ cap crunch and a long list of RFAs left to sign. Among them is, of course, Matthew Tkachuk, and the two sides are undoubtedly working hard to get a deal done as soon as possible. All signs point to his negotiation taking a bit of time, and from experience with Johnny Gaudreau we know the Tkachuk deal could go as late as into training camp, but there are other restricted free agents that can’t wait that long.

A look at the Calgary Flames Arbitration Picture

This season, there are Outside of Tkachuk, there are four RFAs who are eligible for, and filed for arbitration. The official arbitration schedule has been released by the NHLPA.

Brad Treliving has his hands full this offseason with plenty of contracts to negotiate, but he’s no stranger to dealing with arbitration eligible players. Over his time as GM, he’s settled 10 arbitration eligible cases, with only two actually making it to the arbitration hearing phase.

To date, here is Treliving’s RFA arbitration history. We’ll be updating the list as the cases get settled this summer.

2014 Arbitration Cases

Joe Colborne

Career stats to arbitration date

PeriodGPGAPTSSHHTBKATOI
Career96112334921604213:59
Previous Season80101828801293014:16

Resulting Contract

TermTotal ValueAAVSigning TimelinePrevious Salary
2 years$2.55M$1.275MPre-arbitration$650k

2015 Arbitration Cases

Lance Bouma

Career stats to arbitration date

PeriodGPGAPTSSHHTBKATOI
Career19922315322150520112:17
Previous Season781618341042648214:01

Resulting Contract

TermTotal ValueAAVSigning Timeline Previous Salary
3 years$6.6M$2.2MPost-arbitration$775k

Paul Byron

Career stats to arbitration date

PeriodGPGAPTSSHHTBKATOI
Career1381731481272113913:28
Previous Season5761319621012414:28

Resulting Contract

TermTotal ValueAAVSigning Timeline Previous Salary
1 year$900k$900kPre-arbitration$600k

Josh Jooris

Career stats to arbitration date

PeriodGPGAPTSSHHTBKATOI
Career6012122489603014:30
Previous Season6012122489603014:30

Resulting Contract

TermTotal ValueAAVSigning Timeline Previous Salary
1 year$975k$975kPre-arbitration$925k

2016 Arbitration Cases

None

2017 Arbitration Cases

Micheal Ferland

Career stats to arbitration date

PeriodGPGAPTSSHHTBKATOI
Career1732127482624275911:50
Previous Season761510351061492611:34

Resulting Contract

TermTotal ValueAAVSigning Timeline Previous Salary
2 years$3.5M$1.75MPre-arbitration$900k

2018

Garnet Hathaway

Career stats to arbitration date

PeriodGPGAPTSSHHTBKATOI
Career99516212622606310:58
Previous Season594913681543211:32

Resulting Contract

TermTotal ValueAAVSigning Timeline Previous Salary
1 year$850k$850kPre-arbitration$650k

Mark Jankowski

Career stats to arbitration date

PeriodGPGAPTSSHHTBKATOI
Career7317825118365113:19
Previous Season7217825118355113:21

Resulting Contract

TermTotal ValueAAVSigning Timeline Previous Salary
2 years$3.35M$1.675MPre-arbitration$925k

Brett Kulak

Career stats to arbitration date

PeriodGPGAPTSSHHTBKATOI
Career1012911101616513:16
Previous Season7126873454912:59

Resulting Contract

TermTotal ValueAAVSigning Timeline Previous Salary
1 year$900k$900kPost-arbitration$650k

Elias Lindholm

Career stats to arbitration date

PeriodGPGAPTSSHHTBKATOI
Career3746412418872046617617:09
Previous Season81162844153984117:54

Resulting Contract

TermTotal ValueAAVSigning Timeline Previous Salary
6 years$29.1M$4.85MPre-arbitration$2.7M

David Rittich

Career stats to arbitration date

PeriodGPGSRecordGAASV%SHOMINQS
Career22168-6-32.920.9040102810
Previous Season21168-6-32.920.9040100810

Resulting Contract

TermTotal ValueAAVSigning Timeline Previous Salary
1 year$800k$800kPre-arbitration$725k

Track Record

As we can see from the ten cases above, Treliving has only had two of those players actually reach arbitration: Bouma and Kulak. The rest were settled before the arbitration hearing took place, which speaks to Treliving’s ability to handle RFAs. Of course interestingly enough, both of those players that made it to arbitration are no longer with the team.

2019 Arbitration Cases

As previously mentioned, there are four players that are currently scheduled for an arbitration hearing at this point in time.

Sam Bennett

Career stats to arbitration date

PeriodGPGAPTSSHHTBKATOI
Career312556111653149813914:29
Previous Season711314271151212713:17

Resulting Contract

TBD. Arbitration hearing date: July 27, 2019.
Previous Salary: $1.95M

David Rittich

Career stats to arbitration date

PeriodGPGSRecordGAASV%SHOMINQS
Career675835-15-82.700.9091353136
Previous Season424227-9-52.610.9111250326

Resulting Contract

TBD. Arbitration hearing date: July 29, 2019.
Previous Salary: $800k

Ryan Lomberg

Career stats to arbitration date

PeriodGPGAPTSSHHTBKATOI
Career1101162316:31
Previous Season400001206:59

Resulting Contract

TBD. Arbitration hearing date: August 1, 2019.
Previous Salary: $710k

Rinat Valiev

Career stats to arbitration date

PeriodGPGAPTSSHHTBKATOI
Career1200099612:11
Previous Season200020211:49

Resulting Contract

TBD. Arbitration hearing date: August 4, 2019.
Previous Salary: $650k

Looking ahead

If history is any indication, it would be safe to assume that there is a strong chance these cases don’t make it to their hearings. Tkachuk’s contract provides an interesting layer of drama this year, but the team would most likely want to get all of these contracts signed as soon as possible.

Valiev and Lomberg will be easy to get signed, but Bennett and Rittich could pose much more interesting negotiations. Treliving’s history speaks for itself, which should provide confidence for the upcoming negotiations. One way or another, all five players will be under contract after the August long weekend. The only question will be for how much and how long?


What do you think about the upcoming arbitration hearings? Let us know in the comments below.

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