In any other year, Ray Shero might be the most popular general manager in the National Hockey League, holding the first overall pick in the upcoming ddraft and fielding trade offers from interested parties. Of course, George McPhee, GM of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, holds that title instead.
Shero does not mind, though; and later this week he will stride to the podium and hopefully alter the future of the New Jersey Devils in a positive way with that first selection of the draft.
Game Womens Patrick Mahomes II Jersey Before heading to Chicago, Shero chatted with Sporting News for this exclusive one-on-one interview.
That is exactly what the Predators and their 24-year-old Swedish winger did Saturday in Toronto. With Arvidsson reportedly seeking $4.5 million for one season and the team offering a two-year deal worth a total of $5.5 million, the gap between the two sides proved to be too large to bridge in advance of the arbitration hearing.
This past week, the Senators avoided arbitration with forwards Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Ryan Dzingel and the Red Wings did likewise, agreeing with forward Tomas Tatar at the 12th hour on a new multi-year contract. That is always the preferred path for both team and player as the arbitration process is often contentious and unpleasant.
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Arvidsson’s case is an intriguing one. The skilled former fourth-round pick recorded only eight goals and 16 points over 62 NHL games from 2014-15 through 2015-16. Last season he exploded offensively, recording 61 points in 80 games. Arvidsson tied linemate Ryan Johansen for the team lead in scoring, while he and Filip Forsberg led Nashville in goals. His production fell off in the playoffs where he scored three goals and 13 points in 22 games as the Predators reached the Stanley Cup Final.