Yesterday I predicted that Thursday, July 24th would be one of the slowest hockey news days of the year. I was wrong, ultimately, thanks to Lars Eller's extremely interesting four-year, $14 million settlement.
Eller was also my prediction for "the most likely scheduled salary arbitration hearing to actually occur," but he's now the 12th settlement from the 20 originally scheduled hearings for this summer. There's now just eight remaining scheduled hearings, and really, only James Reimer stands out to me as having any chance of facing an actual hearing. It's much more likely that this