The ECHL Qualifying offer deadline has officially passed and each team will soon be releasing their Qualifying Offer lists later today.
Players who had already signed a contract by June 30 did not need to receive a qualifying offer.
Here are how Qualifying Offers work per echl.com:
Each team was entitled to reserve the rights to a maximum of eight qualified players. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four could be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the upcoming 2019-20 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.
The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until July 16 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.
A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until July 16. After July 16, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the player shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.
If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 1, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.
If you see a player who headed overseas on this list then it is because they want to secure that player’s rights for the 19-20 season. Most players who don’t want to play for their former team will be traded for another player or Future Considerations.
Adirondack Thunder: Desmond Bergin, Kelly Summers, Blake Thompson, Jake Linhart, Michael Sdao, Shane Conacher, Mike Szmatula and Conor Riley
Allen Americans: Zach Pochiro, Braylon Shmyr, Chad Butcher, Alex Breton, Mike Gunn, Riley Bourbonnais, Josh Atkinson and Dalton Thrower
Atlanta Gladiators: Kyle Chatham and Nolan LaPorte
Brampton Beast: Erik Bradford, Artur Tianulin, Dan Leavans, Jackson Leef, Nathan Todd, Anthony Beauregard, Matt Petgrave, and Austin McEneny
Cincinnati Cyclones: Ty Rimmer, Shaw Boomhower, Dylan Walchuk, Ben Johnson, Mitch Jones, Mike Marnell and Kurt Gosselin
Florida Everblades: Joe Cox, John McCarron, Nick Moutrey, Tommy Thompson, Alex Tonge, Matt Finn, Logan Roe, and Derek Sheppard
Fort Wayne Komets: Ryan Lowney, J.C. Campagna, Kyle Hope, and Jake Kamrass
Greenville Swamp Rabbits: Jake Bolton, Chad Duchesne, Clint Lewis, Trevor Owens, Thomas Ebbing, Daniel Perez, Zach Franko and Kyle Hayton
Idaho Steelheads: Brady Norrish, Steve McParland, Alexander Dahl, Tony Cameranesi and Marco Roy
Indy Fuel: Woody Hudson, Alex Brooks, Braden Hellems, Eric Schurhamer, Reggie Traccitto, Jordy Stallard, and Louis Belisle
Jacksonville Icemen: Cody Fowlie, Everett Clark, Shane Walsh, and Matt Pohlkamp, Dajon Mingo, Jack Glover, Kayle Doetzel, and Scott Dornbrock
Kalamazoo Wings: Chase Van Allen, Matt Joyaux, Aaron Hyman, Tanner Sorenson, Chris Collins and Zach Saar
Kansas City Mavericks: Jordan Klimek, Jared VanWormer, Mark Cooper, Andrew Radjenovic, Cliff Watson, Brett Beauvais, Brayden Sherbinin and Zeb Knutson
Maine Mariners: Greg Chase, Johnny Coughlin, Connor LaCouvee, Alex Kile, Scott Savage, and Corey Kalk
Newfoundland Growlers: Marcus Power, Sam Babintsev, Todd Skirving, Evan Neugold, Kyle Cumiskey, James Melindy, Kristians Rubins, and Michael Garteig
Norfolk Admirals: Domenic Alberga, Ben Duffy, Cody Smith, Conor O’Neil, Brant Sherwood, Mitch Hall and Luke Nogard
Orlando Solar Bears: Hunter Fejes, Mathieu Foget, Chris LeBlanc, Brent Pedersen, Jackson Playfair, Rob Mann, Ryan Obuchowski, and Nolan Valleau
Rapid City Rush: Adam Carlson, Rob Hamilton, Alex Rauter, Justin Faryna, Tyler Parks, Mason McCarty, Jack Riley and Dylan Quaile
Reading Royals: Alex Roos, Chris McCarthy, Steven Swavely, Adam Schmidt, Charlie Vasaturo, Sam Becker, Kevin Goumas and Joe Houk
South Carolina Stingrays: Jonathan Charbonneau, Tad Kozun, Patrick Megannety,Tim Davison, Steve Johnson, Ryker Killins, and Kevin McKernan
Toledo Walleye: Kevin Tansey, Ben Storm and Tyler Spezia
Tulsa Oilers: Eric Drapluk, Cam Knight and Ryan Tesink
Utah Grizzlies: Alex Leclerc, Austin Carroll, Gabriel Verpaelst, Gage Ausmus and Matt Berry
Wheeling Nailers: Matt O’Connor, Cedric Lacroix, Zac Lynch, Yushiroh Hirano, Nick Saracino, Dan Fick, Alec Butcher and Wade Murphy
Wichita Thunder: Ralph Cuddemi, Mark MacMillan, Stefan Fournier, Dyson Stevenson, Quentin Shore, Nolan DeJong, Hayden Hodgson and Tyler Elbrecht
Worcester Railers: Evan Buitenhuis, Tommy Panico, Tommy Kelley and Matt Schmalz
Featured Photo Credit: echl.com
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