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Ilya Mikheyev’s arbitration hearing scheduled for October 21

The NHLPA announced on Tuesday the dates for the arbitration hearings for 22 RFAs, one of which includes Ilya Mikheyev.

According to the official press release, Mikheyev and the Leafs will have their arbitration hearing on October 21 and he will be the only player to have a meeting that day.

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While it is possible that the two parties could wait until next week to continue, the scenario of a contract being agreed to before the meeting is still in the cards. It’s also entirely possible that a signing could be announced before a ruling has been set for Mikheyev’s next contract.

In the meantime, we will have to wait and see how the next few days play out as the two parties continue to negotiate an extension. For what it’s worth, the Leafs do have a big advantage in the talks due to Mikheyev having a small sample size since he missed significant time due to an injury he suffered back on December 27th.

If you want to learn more about why the Leafs have the edge going into the arbitration hearing, check out Mark Norman’s post on the subject:

Maple Leafs have a strong case against Ilya Mikheyev in arbitration

Mikheyev recorded eight goals, 15 assists, and 23 points in 39 regular-season games. He also went scoreless during the play-in round against the Blue Jackets.

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All stats unless otherwise noted are from Hockey-Reference.com.