Some Brunnstrom arbitration thoughts

A quick primer for those curious as to what all of this arbitration stuff means on restricted free agent Fabian Brunnstrom:

* The Stars offered Brunnstrom a qualifying offer of $900,000 on a two-way deal. That means Brunnstrom would make considerably less if he's in the minors. Brunnstrom wants a one-way deal that pays him NHL-type money no matter where he is next season. So there's the difference between the two sides.

* The offer expires on July 15 and the sides could set a hearing date shortly thereafter for late July or early August. But they can (and likely will) negotiate up until the hearing. In fact, the sides can even agree on a deal during the hearing, before the ruling.

* The Stars could ultimately decide not to agree to the terms of the hearing and Brunnstrom would become an unrestricted free agent. But I can't really see that happening.

Brunnstrom didn't live up to expectations in 2009-10. He had two goals and nine assists and made $875,000 last season. It was not like his rookie season (2008-09), when he had 17 goals and 12 assists in 55 games.