A story of when Glen Sather went to arbitration with Jari Kurri

Don Baizley, a player agent, told a story in Behind The Moves about an arbitration hearing he had with Glen Sather about former Oiler and Ranger Jari Kurri.

Baizley said, “Jari Kurri and I went to salary arbitration with Glen Sather and the Oilers twice and we lost both times. The first time it was a very primitive and informal process. It was Glen and me with the arbitrator in a hotel room and I filed what I would call a lawyers brief and Glen had almost done it on napkins. To our astonishment, not only did we lose the arbitration, but Jari was awarded the exact salary that Glen had proposed.”

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Glen Sather on the arbitration process

Glen Sather7/24/15 | 9:39AM: In the book Behind the Moves, Glen Sather spoke about the arbitration process.

Sather said, “what started in the middle 1980s was that managers started to get bamboozled by agents, and arbitrators got involved in this thing and decided that you can be on the worst team in the league and make the same money as the guy who is on the best team because your stats are basically the same. But there is no correlation between the best team and the worst team, because you play under entirely different conditions.”

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Centers with a similar cap hit to the mid-point of what the Rangers and Derek Stepan asked for in arbitration

As part of the arbitration process, the Rangers have asked that Derek Stepan’s salary be $5.2 million.

Stepan has countered by saying he should have a salary of $7.25 million.

The mid-point of the two numbers is $6.225 million.

The following players have a cap hit similar to $6.225 million for this season:

  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: $6 million
  • Ryan O’Reilly: $6 million
  • Matt Duchene: $6 million
  • Logan Couture: $6 million

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