Salary arbitration dates for Canadian NHL players released, plus updates on Andrei Markov, Chris Higgins and more.

Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier is among several NHL players scheduled for salary arbitration hearings later this month.

Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier is among several NHL players scheduled for salary arbitration hearings this month.

THE SCORE: The NHL’s salary arbitration schedule has been released. Edmonton’s Justin Schultz’s hearing is slated for July 24 and Toronto’s Jonathan Bernier for July 31. Both are club-elected arbitration filings.

Other notables include Ottawa’s Alex Chiasson (July 23) and Mike Hoffman (July 30), plus Calgary’s Lance Bouma (July 22), Josh Jooris (July 28) and Paul Byron (July 30).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Remember, teams and players can continue negotiating up to the scheduled date of their respective hearings. In most instances, the player re-signs with his team before his slated hearing. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Dave Stubbs recently sat down for an in-depth interview with long-time Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov.

THE PROVINCE: Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden denied rumors claiming the club was trying to trade winger Chris Higgins.

NBC SPORTS: A day after acquiring forward Taylor Beck from the Nashville Predators, the Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed him to a one-year, $875K contract. Beck had filed for salary arbitration.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The area in downtown Edmonton where the Oilers new arena is being built will be known as the “Ice District.”