Daugavins’ arbitration hearing July 24

 

Kaspars Daugavins’s arbitration case will be heard July 24, but if the Ottawa Senators don’t like the ruling, Daugavins could be finished as a member of the organization.

Daugavins, a winger who scored five goals and six assists in 65 games with the team last season, is seeking a guaranteed one-way NHL contract.

Last season, his salary called for him to earn $600,000 when in the NHL and $105,000 when in the American Hockey League.

The Senators have issued him a qualifying offer – essentially the same deal as a year ago – but Daugavins will argue that he deserves a one-way contract based on his 2011-12 statistics.

If the Senators don’t like the ruling, they can simply walk away from the decision, allowing Daugavins to become an unrestricted free agent. If, on the other hand, Daugavins is awarded another two-way deal, paying him different salaries based on whether he plays in the NHL or the AHL, he could opt to play in the KHL with a team in Riga, Latvia, his home country.

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