Morrisonn, Laich File For Arb; Cooke to Pens
Restricted free agents Shaone Morrisonn and Brooks Laich have elected for salary arbitration. Boyd Gordon, meantime, did not, while forward Eric Fehr is expected to accept his qualifying offer.
If Morrisonn and Laich do not agree to an extension with the Caps in the coming two weeks, their cases will be scheduled for a date sometime between July 20 - Aug. 4. The deadline for decisions is Aug. 6. By filing, this also means Morrisonn and Laich are no longer eligible to sign offer sheets from other clubs.
For Laich, this marks the second straight summer he has opted for arb, an often ugly process that can leave players with hurt feelings (just ask Brendan Witt). Laich "won" his case last July and was awarded a $725,000 contract. Considering he enjoyed a breakout season, scoring 21 goals, he's probably in line for a healthy raise.
Morrisonn, meantime, ranked third on the Caps in ice time among defensemen. He earned $900,000 last season.
Update:Two days after GM George McPhee confirmed Matt Cooke wouldn't be back in Washington, the veteran left wing has signed a two-year contract with the Penguins. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the deal will average $1.2 million per season.
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