ST. LOUIS (AP) _ St. Louis Blues center Pierre Turgeon has received the highest arbitration award in NHL history, $4.6 million, from the team for a one-year contract.
The award tops the $4.5 million deal given to the Montreal Canadiens’ Mark Recchi.
Turgeon made $3 million last season and was expected to get a hefty raise because of the inflated salary trend caused by the unrestricted free-agent market.
If he has another big season, Turgeon could demand another large raise next year. For that reason, Turgeon and players in a similar situation, have been reluctant to accept multiyear contracts.
Turgeon, an 11-year NHL veteran who has been with St. Louis for the past two years, had 22 goals and 46 assists for 68 points in 60 games last season.
The Blues said today they could not confirm the amount of the award. General manager Larry Pleau was traveling and was not immediately available for comment.
However, the NHL Players Association disclosed the award in a press release.