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NHL & NHLPA WORK OUT FINAL DETAILS ON ARBITRATION
Published April 26, 1995
The NHL and NHLPA have reached an agreement on a number of "significant issues that had hung over the season" including Transition Rule 2 which covers arbitration and free agency, according to Larry Brooks of the N.Y. POST. The league and players had differed on their "respective interpretations of the accord." The players had claimed that one-year arbitration "meant just that" -- arbitration for this season, then free agency for those eligible. The league's position was that players who had filed would have their salary arbitrated for this year only, but would be bound to their teams for two seasons -- as in the past -- thus forfeiting free agency in '95. The compromise: Players who would have been eligible for the now- eliminated Group I free agency and who had filed for arbitration will get arbitration for this season and become Group II free agents. That would allow teams to match any offers to the player or get draft compensation. Remaining players in the Group II category are eligible for arbitration and free agency based on years of service (N.Y. POST, 4/26).