Hathaway arbitration ask is $975k, Flames offer $650k for Monday hearing

While much of the Calgary Flames organization and the greater Canadian hockey community will spend Monday morning showering adulation on Jarome Iginla, general manager Brad Treliving and a few members of his hockey operations team will likely be in Toronto. The occasion? A salary arbitration hearing with depth forward Garnet Hathaway.

Per Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, the Flames and Hathaway agent Matt Keator have submitted their paperwork to the arbitrator: Hathaway’s ask is $975,000 and the Flames’ offer is a league-minimum $650,000. Both are one-year, one-way pacts.

Generally speaking, the arbitrator lands somewhere in the middle. The midpoint between these two positions is $812,500. Hathaway had a $650,000 NHL salary on a two-way deal last season, but spent the majority of the year with the Flames.

What is Hathaway? Up until last season, he seemed like a fairly safe bet to be an energy player but not a whole much more. But he gelled really well with Mark Jankowski on the NHL level and was superb in the AHL (with 19 points in 18 games) and pretty solid with the Flames (with 13 points in 59 games). But much like the Brett Kulak negotiations, Treliving doesn’t seem to want to back up a Brinks truck for “pretty solid” players on a team that finished 11 points out of the playoffs.

He also has to sign Noah Hanifin to a deal, and that’ll be a hefty cap hit, so there are many reasons for Treliving to hedge his bets on Hathaway.

Hathaway’s hearing goes 9 a.m. ET on Monday morning in Toronto, with the result being released likely sometime around midday on Wednesday – barring a settlement in the interim.

  • TKO

    feel for the kid, but Treliving is doing it right. he has built incredibly solid depth up front, but still needs to sign a cor player (Hannifin) and every 100k-200k matters at this point

    • BringtheFire 2.0

      He is doing it right, but that Brouw contract is basically keeping money from the younger depth players, kind of forcing these hard ball tactics with the “loose end” players.

      Not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind, but it is a little self-inflicted.

    • Kevin R

      The Skeij signing with the Rangers is setting a decent comparable for Hanifin for a 6 year deal. I am expecting Hanifin to get a Seth Jones type deal of 6 years around $5.4 mill per. I would be happy with that.

    • wot96

      I agree. To me that makes the Czarnick signing more difficult to understand. Sure competition and depth is good but needing to sign Hanifin should surely have meant Czarnick was expensive.

      If he turns out to be just a tweener and Hanifin gets a bad taste in s mouth over how he was treated on this bridge contract…

      • piscera.infada

        The bridge contract is more Hanifin-friendly in my eyes. If h just treads water, a long-term contract won’t decrease in value, whereas if he takes the jump the Flames are clearly hoping he will, then…

        • Baalzamon

          Actually I think it would decrease in value. If he signs a long-term right now, the cap hit would have the probable/hoped for improvement factored in. He’d easily get 5+ per.

          But if he treads water for two years (meaning two more 30 point seasons) there’s no way he gets that much. It would be in the 4 per range.

          All that said, I doubt Hanifin would have a problem with a bridge deal. Players are nearly always willing to bet on themselves (you know, all of them except Calle Jarnkrok apparently). He’s likely just as certain that he’ll continue to improve as the Flames are, which (if he does) will make his next contract that much more expensive.

          He likely makes more money over the long term if he signs a bridge now.

          • piscera.infada

            Yeah, I think that’s the point I was trying to make. If he signs a bridge and treads water, a long term deal after that will be relatively the same value as the bridge, adjusted for term–basically paying him as a middle pairing defenseman. If he signs long-term now and improves, who knows what the market is like in 6 or 7 years, when he signs his top-pairing contract.

    • Opi

      You’re right. Tre is doing it right. This isn’t Edmonton where Chiarelli can magically afford to buy out a plug like Gryba & cost his team 300 K against the cap this season & next instead of just burying the guy in the minors where there are no cap repercussions.

  • aye

    Way to spoil Iggy’s party, that’s surely going to land you in Flames fans’ good books. I’m surprised Tre didn’t waive him like he did with Kulak, considering he is even more expendable with basically zero upside.

  • Squishin

    Hathaway brings something that the Flames lack – character. That being said, I don’t see him on the roster next year, unless it’s as the 13th or 14th forward.

    • Justeen Trudope

      I know everyone hates Brouwer but he is way better then Hathaway. Buying out Brouwer to make room for Hathaway is moving backwards completely out of spite. In a perfect world Brouwer makes 1 million plays on the 4th line and Hathaway enjoys a great careen in the AHL

  • Chucky

    Does Hathaway have to go to arbitration to open the buyout window because Kulak’s window of 72 hours has closed or does the window open after the Lindholm date of August 1 even though he has signed?

    Hope for a Bruyout ever dies.

    • Baalzamon

      I’m pretty sure the buyout window is the same for every team that had a player file for arbitration, and exists whether they actually get to arbitration or not. It’s within 48 hours of the last scheduled arbitration date (again, league-wide, not for specific teams). The Bryout, if it happens, will be in August.

    • MDG1600

      Not sure who fills his role if he is gone. None of the other prospects for 4th line time are what I would call “scrappy”. As a group the Flames are not very physical so I’d like him to stick around as an option. Just not for $900K.

  • Getpucksdeep

    He’s proven he can play at the NHL level and throw a few hits. For an undrafted NCAA kid he’s achieved more than anyone expected.There are better players that will push him down, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he could be a minor trade piece and end up in NYIS or Ottawa or somewhere where they are shy of depth.

  • Jimmyhaggis

    I wouldn’t offer Hathaway anything, unless the organization needs to fill the Stockton roster, which means they feel some young guys are ready for the big leagues. Other than that, his style of play can be filled by lots of guys.

    • Kevin R

      Not a biggee, he gets awarded a 1 year deal & can simply be waived come October to Stockton. If he gets picked off, whatever if not he will be a decent depth call up & getting NHL dollars in the AHL, not the end of the world.