Jun 27, 2011, 11:10 PM EST
At this point, you should be up to date regarding the biggest unrestricted and restricted free agents for 2011. The restricted free agent situations are more complicated than unrestricted ones because the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement gives teams a few advantages to keep their players until they reach the age of 27. Offer sheets, arbitration hearings and qualifying offers all make the restricted process more convoluted than the straightforward (but often riskier) process of targeting unrestricted free agents.
To spare you the legal and financial jargon, an NHL team must hand a pending restricted free agent a qualifying offer in order to retain his negotiating rights. Those offers include a marginal raise from the player’s 2010-11 salary and allow teams to match offer sheets from other teams and possibly file for arbitration if the two sides hit a wall in regard to contract extensions.
Today was the big day for qualifying offers. The gang at HFBoards.com compiled a comprehensive list of who was given a qualifying offer and who wasn’t. Let’s take a look at the full list of players who received qualifying offers first, according to that list.
(Big thanks to Benjamin Wendorf from Arctic Ice for the link. This is a large list, so if you notice any errors, please let us know in the comments. Any updates will be noted within this list, even if they don’t come from HFBoards.com.)
BOSTON: Brad Marchand, RW.
CALGARY: Leland Irving, G; Brendan Mikkelson, D.
COLUMBUS: Michael Blunden, RW; Marc Methot, D.
DETROIT: Logan Pyett, D; Jordan Pearce, G; Francis Pare, D.
LOS ANGELES: Brad Richardson, C; Andrew Campbell, D; Marc-Andre Cliche, RW; Richard Clune, RW; Drew Doughty, D; Corey Elkins, LW; Johan Fransson, D; Bud Holloway, C; Trevor Lewis, RW; Alec Martinez, D; David Meckler, F; Patrick Mullen, D; Jeff Zatkoff, G.
NY RANGERS: Ryan Callahan, RW; Brandon Dubinsky, LW; Artem Anisimov, C; Brian Boyle, C; Michael Sauer, D; Stu Bickel, D; Chad Johnson, G; Pavel Valentenko, D; John Mitchell, C; Matt McCue, F; Tysen Dowzak, D; Brodie Dupont, F.
PITTSBURGH: Dustin Jeffrey, F; Brad Thiessen, G.
TAMPA BAY: Bruno Gervais, D; Steven Stamkos, C; Scott Jackson, D; Johan Harju, LW (Signed in Sweden); Riku Helenius, G (Signed in Finland); Ted Purcell, LW.
Again, keep in mind that the aforementioned players haven’t agreed to new deals; their teams just expressed interest in keeping the lines of communication open. Perhaps it might be most interesting to study the list of players who weren’t given qualifying offers, though. Here are some suddenly unrestricted free agents, also from that list.
PLAYERS WHO DID NOT RECIEVE QOs (WILL BECOME UFAs)
ANAHEIM: Kyle Chipchura, C ; Ryan Hillier, LW; John de Gray, D; J.P. Levasseur, G.
BOSTON: Matt Dalton, G; Anton Khudobin, G.
BUFFALO: Felix Schutz, F.
CALGARY: John Armstrong, F; Gord Baldwin, D; Hugo Carpentier, F (Signed with LNAH); Josh Meyers, D; Matt Pelech, D.
CHICAGO: Jake Dowell, C.
EDMONTON: J.F Jacques, LW; Zack Stortini, RW.
LOS ANGELES: Rob Bordson, RW.
MINNESOTA: Patrick O’Sullivan, C.
NASHVILLE: Dan Gendur, F; Mark Santorelli, F.
NEW JERSEY: Anssi Salmela, D.
NY RANGERS: Matt Gilroy, D; Justin Soryal, F; Devin DiDiomete, F.
OTTAWA: Update - Cody Bass, Jason Bailey and Ryan Potulny
PHILADELPHIA: Dan Carcillo, LW.
PITTSBURGH: Tyler Kennedy, RW.
SAN JOSE: Patrick Davis, F; Kevin Henderson, F; Carter Hutton, G; Joe Loprieno, D; Nick Schaus, D; Mike Swift, F.
ST. LOUIS: Matt D’Agostini, RW.
TORONTO: Christian Hanson, C; Brayden Irwin, F; Fabiann Brunnstrom, LW.
VANCOUVER: Lee Sweatt, D.
WASHINGTON: Josh Godfrey, D; Joe Finley, D; Trevor Bruess, F.
(Note: declining to provide a qualifying offer doesn’t eliminate a player’s former team from signing them to a new deal, though.)
We touched on some of the most interesting omissions, but it might be most interesting to follow the paths of Kennedy and Carcillo. There might be some interest for the likes of Gilroy, O’Sullivan, Lundin and Dowell as well. Meanwhile, Dallas Stars fans probably smile wistfully at the fall of once-fawned-upon import Brunnstrom.
So there you have it. We’ll keep you updated about signings big and small as the free agent frenzy rapidly approaches.
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