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Las Vegas-Today marked the deadline for those RFA’s around the league that were eligible to do so and for Vegas Golden Knights William Karlsson, Tomas Nosek, and Colin Miller did just that.
Karlsson, Nosek, and Miller join 41 other players from the around the league today to elect taking their case to arbitration as per the NHLPA reported.
Below is a link to find out who else from the other 30 NHL teams have filed for arbitration.
NHLPA announces that 44 players have elected salary arbitration: https://t.co/ePXoeLJeTz
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) July 5, 2018
This past season with the Golden Knights, Karlsson had himself the best campaign he put together in his short career in the National Hockey League.
His 43 goals led all Golden Knights forwards and placed him in the top 3 league wide among goal scorers with Alexander Ovechkin (WSH) and Patrik Laine (WPG). Along with his 43 goals, Karlsson recorded 35 assists which ranked him at 4th place overall among Golden Knights players.
Included with his first 40+ goal campaign he recorded 35 assists and was a whopping +49.
Karlsson recently completed a two-year deal that he originally signed when he played for the Columbus Blue Jackets. That contract was $1 million per season and a contract total of $2.0 million.
According our friends at Capfriendly.com, Karlsson’s qualifying offer that GM George McPhee could legally grant was $1 million. With the season that Karlsson had with the Golden Knights he’ll most likely request a salary more than a million dollars and one that compliments the production he had.
In addition to his successful first season with Vegas, at the 2018 NHL Awards Karlsson won the Lady Byng Trophy as he became the first player in Golden Knights history to win this award.
“I want to thank my teammates…the other Golden Misfits” said Karlsson after receiving his Lady Byng award.
Salary Arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to August 4, 2018.
The good news here is that the Golden Knights and Karlsson’s camp do how ample time to work something out and makes sense for both sides to come to an agreement with.
As for Nosek, he too like Karlsson had a career best in his first tour of duty with the Golden Knights. He scored seven goals, tallied eight assists for 15 points and was a +6.
He played on the line with William Carrier and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare that was nicknamed “The International Line” and were very productive all season long as a hard working 4th line for Vegas.
According to Capfriendly.com, the max qualifying offer that the Golden Knights could give Nosek is $715,000 which is at 110% inflation.
Nosek made $612,500 last season in the final year of his 2-year contract that he signed when he was a member of the Detroit Red Wings.
Based on his offensive production and the 67 games he played in with the Golden Knights, Nosek should have a decent chance at getting more than what his qualifying offer originally was.
To put thing into perspective, Nosek played in just 17 games over a two season span with the Red Wings (2015-16 and 2016-17).
On the Miller front, he becomes the second Golden Knights defenseman to file arbitration in team history. Nate Schmidt was the first ever Vegas player to do so last summer.
Miller also had himself a career season with the Golden Knights in the 2017-18 campaign. In 82 games, he scored 10 goals, added 31 assists for 41 points, and finished with a -4 rating.
Capfriendly.com has Miller’s qualifying offer at $1,100,000 which is $100,000 more person season from his previous contract that he had signed with the Bruins.
His ATOI of 19:21 with the Golden Knights this past year was a major increase from the average ice time he received patrolling the Boston blueline before coming over via the Vegas Draft.
With the increase in performance that Miller had with Vegas last year gives him a really good shot at potentially winning his case should it take place.
For Vegas, they currently have $18,750,000 in cap space available.
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