Edmonton Oilers forwards Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto are expected to file for arbitration ahead of the 3 p.m. MST deadline Sunday, PuckPedia reports.
The pair of players were the only two arbitration-eligible players on the Oilers roster.
Last weekend, both players had been issued qualifying offers. For Puljujarvi, that was $1.41-million, and for Yamamoto, $1.175-million.
Both players will now have a chance to lay out cases for what their pay should be in front of an arbitrator. But between now and when their arbitration cases are heard — sometime between July 27 – Aug. 11 — both players could still sign fresh contracts.
More often than not this is the case as teams generally like to avoid arbitration when possible.
After signing Mattias Janmark earlier Sunday
, the Oilers currently sit with up to $5.7-million in cap space taking into account both Oscar Klefbom’s $4.167-million salary and Mike Smith’s $2.2-million salary on the LTIR.
The Oilers still need to add some more depth to the forward corp, so the work in shaping this team is still far from over.
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