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Here’s the compensation chart for RFA offer sheets

Jun 25, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT


According to James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail, the NHL has released compensation rates for teams that sign restricted free agents via offer sheets.

Same rules apply as previous years — teams with players under contract get the opportunity to match, yadda yadda — so all that’s really changed is the compensatory pick total, which Mirtle describes as a “moving target” that increases yearly based on NHL average salary.

From The Globe:

Here are the draft pick compensation figures for the 2012-13 season:

$1,110,249 or below – No Compensation

Over $1,110,249 to $1,682,194 – 3rd round pick

Over $1,682,194 to $3,364,391 – 2nd round pick

Over $3,364,391 to $5,046,585 – 1st round pick, 3rd

Over $5,046,585 to $6,728,781 – 1st round pick, 2nd, 3rd

Over $6,728,781 To $8,410,976 – Two 1st Round Picks, 2nd, 3rd

Over $8,410,976 – Four 1st Round Picks

Historically speaking, RFA offer sheets have been more alluring in theory than practice. Many GMs consider them dirty pool and only six have been signed since the lockout: Ryan Kesler (Philadelphia), Thomas Vanek (Edmonton), Dustin Penner (Edmonton), David Backes (Vancouver), Steve Bernier (St. Louis) and Niklas Hjalmarsson (San Jose).

Penner was the only one to actually sign with the offer-sheeting team, a move that caused great acrimony between then-Anaheim GM Brian Burke and Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe.

  1. brianforster - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    If I am understanding this correctly, the team gets the opportunity to match, and if they don’t the player decides which offer sheet to sign? If the team matches, can the player still sign with the other team?

    • silversun60 - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      The player played for Team A last year. He signs an offer sheet, from Team B. Team A can either match the offer sheet of Team B, and retain the player at the exact same terms Team B offered, or Team A can take the compensation laid out above and let the player walk to Team B.

      If Team A matches the offer sheet, the player has to play for Team A.

      • icdogg - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        Right. And if Team A doesn’t match, he’s under contract to Team B.

        In the past, “poison pills” have sometimes been written into these offers to make them difficult or impossible to match.

        And sometimes an agreement is made where an offer is matched, but the player is then traded to Team B.

  2. icdogg - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Correcting myself: under the current rules, the player cannot be traded by his original team once his offer sheet is matched, for a minimum of one year.

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