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Aston-Reese Files For Salary Arbitration; Talks Continuing



Pittsburgh Penguins Zach Aston-Reese

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Zach Aston-Reese is one of 17 NHL players who have filed for salary arbitration after the team earlier extended the restricted free agent a qualifying offer.

He is the only Penguins player who has filed for arbitration. He does not have a hearing date at this point. Salary arbitration hearings will be held Aug. 11-26.

However, players who file for arbitration often reach agreement on a new contract before those hearings, and in fact a source with knowledge of Aston-Reese’s situation indicated that talks are progressing.

In a similar situation two years ago, Aston-Reese and the Penguins avoided an arbitration hearing — barely — when he signed a two-year, $2 million contract.

Given factors such as his production, a flat salary cap and the Penguins’ cap situation, a reasonable estimate might be that Aston-Reese’s value is in the $2 million cap hit range or perhaps a little more.

Aston-Reese, 26, who has had some injury trouble over the years, had a career-high nine goals, 15 points in 45 games during the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season. He had a goal and an assist in six playoff games. His value is heightened by his defensive play.

Here are the other 16 players who have filed for arbitration, per the NHL Players Association:

Ross Colton (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Andrew Copp (Winnipeg Jets)

Jason Dickinson (Vancouver Canucks)

Vince Dunn (Seattle Kraken)

Adam Erne (Detroit Red Wings)

Dante Fabbro (Nashville Predators)

Dennis Gilbert (Colorado Avalanche)

Adin Hill (San Jose Sharks)

Michael McNiven (Montreal Canadiens)

Victor Mete (Ottawa Senators)

Adam Pelech (New York Islanders)

Neal Pionk (Winnipeg Jets)

Zach Sanford (St. Louis Blues)

Juuse Saros (Nashville Predators)

Jakub Vrana (Detroit Red Wings)

Nikita Zadorov (Calgary Flames)




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Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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11 months ago

I’ll bet the hold up is less over money and more about length. He saw Blueger get two years…probably wants the same length…

11 months ago
Reply to  Bachinga

Let’s be honest. He wants term and a raise. 9 goals shouldn’t get him a huge raise so he should take the deal they offer. If he goes to arbitration, i doubt he will get what he wants. He has been improving steadily every year so i would like to see them lock him up for 3 years if possible.

10 months ago
Reply to  Rob

He had more goals than anyone on the Islanders’ fourth line – allegedly the best 4th line in hockey. Statistically, he’s the top defensive forward in the league. His RFA comp numbers have $1.9MM as a center point…and look at any team that has won a cup and they all share one trait in front of the goalie…a stable bottom 6… We punted Janko, McCann and Tanev…we brought in 2 plugs – Simon, Heinen – to compliment Lafferty, whose main problem is that he never bothered to learn how to actually play hockey, and now, Zohorna – whose main problem… Read more »

Last edited 10 months ago by Bachinga

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