Hossa has date with arbitrator

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

If Marian Hossa doesn't have a new contract in place with the Senators, he'll go before an independent arbitrator on Aug. 23.

While Hossa thumbed his nose at a three-year, $11.9-million (all terms US) deal last week, the Senators continue to try and get him signed to avoid going through what can be an ugly process.

The word is Hossa, who had 82 points in the 2003-04 season, is seeking a three-year, $21-million deal from the Senators -- similar to the kind of money Jarome Iginla received from the Calgary Flames.

Sources say the Senators made Hossa a new offer Friday -- a two-year, $8-million deal that would have paid him $3.8 million next season but he turned it down.

Instead, Hossa is expected to accept a one-year deal in arbitration and then sell himself on the NHL's lucrative unrestricted free-agent market next summer.

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SHARKS STAYING TOGETHER: Captain Patrick Marleau and D Brad Stuart were among eight free agents re-signed by San Jose. The Sharks also retained speedy forward Marco Sturm, enforcer Scott Parker and minor leaguers Garrett Stafford, Nolan Schaeffer, Matt Carkner and Doug Murray. San Jose has re-signed 14 of its own free agents in the last week, keeping together most of the core from a club that enjoyed the best season in franchise history before the NHL lockout.

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