Newsday reports Hunter and the Islanders could not work out a contract and went to arbitration Wednesday.
Expect a decision by Friday, but this could be the beginning of the end of Trent Hunter as a New York Islander. The hearing was amicable, according to a team spokesman.
It should be noted the Islanders decide not to accept his award he would become an UFA, but that seems highly unlikely. He can still be traded by the club at any time if they accept his award.