As expected, Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski filed for salary arbitration on Monday, the final day for qualified players to file.
Wisniewski, 26, had three goals and 30 points in 69 games last season while averaging 24:20 time on ice.
It’s unknown what the Ducks have offered, or what Wisniewski is seeking. Ducks general manager Bob Murray has said he expected the case would go to arbitration. Of course, that’s what Murray said last year too, when Wisniewski was seeking a multi-year deal. They nearly
went to arbitration before coming to
terms on a one-year, $2.75 million contract.
At the time, Wisniewski relented because he realized Murray “want(s) to see me play a season of injury-free hockey. Hopefully
after that, I can become a Duck for a long time.”
For the most part, Wisniewski accomplished his goal. He only missed three games due to injury – a separated shoulder in October – but suspensions of two and eight games cost him another 10 games total.
The Ducks’ haven’t gone to arbitration with any player since Ruslan
Salei in 2003.