Nolan case going to arbitrator

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

The Owen Nolan case appears to be set to go before an arbitrator.

It's expected the Maple Leafs and Nolan's representatives will begin to argue their sides in New York on May 16 or 17.

The Leafs and Nolan have been at odds since Nolan suffered a knee injury, which required surgery. The injury led to a series of grievances.

The Nolan camp contends the injury occurred while he was playing for Toronto late in the 2003-04 season. The Leafs contend Nolan was deemed healthy by the start of the lockout year and that he is owed nothing.

The first grievance was filed in December of 2004 for alleged improper suspension of Nolan, the second in January of 2005 over the Leafs' refusal to pay the $5.6-million US salary for that season. The third came in September of 2005 when the club did not honour the option clause in Nolan's 2005-06 contract.

There's a chance the case could be settled before or during the hearing, which is expected to last several days.

If the Leafs have to pay, the money does not count toward the salary cap.

Leafs general manger John Ferguson Jr. has other matters at hand, namely the hiring of a coach. Paul Maurice could be promoted this week, but Ferguson has refused to say when the hiring of a coach will be announced.


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