On Sunday, Mikkel Boedker filed for salary arbitration with the Arizona Coyotes. On Tuesday, arbitration was no longer necessary.
The team announced this morning that Boedker had come to a one-year agreement with the Coyotes. Though the team would not provide details, the information found its way to the Twitterverse anyways shortly after the announcement:
Not sure what is out there, but ARIZ/Boedker settle at one-year, $3.75M. Avoid arbitration.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 7, 2015
Boedker and his agent had been looking for a longer term deal earlier in the process, but with the Danish forward on the verge of becoming an unrestricted free agent, and with the ongoing legal troubles between Glendale and IceArizona, a one year deal became more palatable.
With 14 goals and 14 assists through 45 games, Boedker was on his way to a career season before he ruptured his spleen in Winnipeg back in January. Boeds would not play again for the rest of the season.
What kind of contract offer Boedker receives in the future will likely depend on how strong he looks when he returns to the ice in August and September. If he looks healthy, fast, and can move easily on the ice, then the number of suitors interested in his services should be large. But if he struggles in his return, he may have to work even harder to get the deal he wants.
Either way, the Coyotes secure their most veteran top six winger for the coming season, which is good news for younger players like Anthony Duclair and Max Domi. It remains to be seen if Boedker will continue to play for the Coyotes after 2015-16 is in the books.