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Red Wings Daily: Walman Opting For Arbitration

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jake Walman, a restricted free agent, is filing for arbitration



Jake Walman, Detroit Red Wings
Red Wings defenseman Jake Walman, a restricted free agent, is filing for arbitration.

Jake Walman is one of two restriected free agents on the Detroit Red Wings roster. The defenseman is opting to file for arbitration as he seeks a new contract with the club.

Acquired at the NHL trade deadline last season from the St. Louis Blues, Walman earned the NHL minimum of $750,000 last season in the final year of his three-year entry-level contract. He ended up talling 3-7-10 numbers in 51 games last season. Playing 19 games for Detroit, Walman posted four assists.

Walman, 26, was among 24 NHL RFAs who were making the decision to be filing for arbitration prior to Sunday’s 5 p.m. ET deadline.

Arbitration hearings are scheduled to be held between July 27 and August 11. The deadline for club-elected salary arbitration notification is Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

Forward Filip Zadina is the other current RFA on the Red Wings roster.

Anticipate A Settlement

Traditionally, the Red Wings and their arbitration-eligible players reach a settlement prior to it coming down to an arbitrator’s ruling. Last season, forwards Adam Erne and Jakub Vrana filed for arbitration. Both found common ground on new pacts prior to getting to the arbitration hearing. Similar outcomes were reached with Tomas Tatar in 2017 and Danny DeKeyser, Jared Coreau and Petr Mrazek in 2016.

The lone exception during this time period was forward Tyler Bertuzzi. He took the club to arbitration in 2020 and won a $3.5 million settlement from the NHL arbitrator.

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