MONTREAL - The Canadiens' negotiations with restricted free agents P.K Subban and Lars Eller entered a new stage Saturday when they were two of 20 NHL players who filed for salary arbitration.
Both players are in line for raises next season after strong performances in the Canadiens' playoff run.
Subban is expected to sign a longterm contract worth upwards of $7 million a season. He earned $3.75 million last in in the final year of a two-year bridge contract. He won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman in 2013 and was the team's best defenceman as Montreal advanced to the Eastern Conference final. He led the team with 14 points and averaged 27:26 a game.
Eller stepped up in the playoffs and was the leading scorer among Montreal forwards with five goals and 13 points and he was a minus-6. He earned $1.5 million in each of the past two seasons.
Arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto between July 20 and Aug. 4 but the two sides are free to reach an agreement before the hearings. The process calls for each side to submit a salary figure and the arbitrator decides on the salary. Teams are permitted to walk away from a ruling but, in that case, the player becomes an unrestricted free agent.
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