http://snyrangersblog.com/coachesgm/...ation-process/Sather said, “what started in the middle 1980s was that managers started to get bamboozled by agents, and arbitrators got involved in this thing and decided that you can be on the worst team in the league and make the same money as the guy who is on the best team because your stats are basically the same. But there is no correlation between the best team and the worst team, because you play under entirely different conditions.”
Sather added, “You can be a first line player on the last place team and get 25 minutes a game, or you can be the first line player on the best team and get you may not get 25 minutes – you may only get 15 because they have four other centers who are as good as you are. It is a strange way of doing contracts. the arbitrators looks purely at statistics. They don’t care what a guy does off the ice or whether he is a leader in the dressing room or an asshole.”
Thankfully we largely avoided this this season, but I can't help but agree with him completely.
The NHL's arbitration process is so predictable, and predictably bad. Whether it's the type of situation he pointed out about arbitrators only looking at actual statistical lines to determine value or the entire concept of high/low pitching that history has shown us arbitrators simply split the difference between to reach awards.
It's not "broken", but it's far from functioning smoothy.
Brooks floated the idea days ago that the league should look to adopt MLB's arbitration model regarding the high/low aspect, where instead of player/team submitting high/low (in that order) to get the arbitrator to split the difference (a process Stepan just admitted is true earlier today), both player and team submit far more realistic numbers where the arbitrator actually picks one of the two awards. He/she doesn't determine his/her own figure. They simply choose which of the two submitted numbers better fit the mold. Not bad at all. At least on paper.
Does anyone have more insight on that who watches or follows MLB? Has it actually resulted in an easier arbitration process?