The Dallas Stars today announced that several restricted free agents received qualifying offers. Among the NHL roster players, Richard Bachman, Mark Fistric and Ryan Garbutt all received qualifying offers. At the AHL level, RFAs Luke Gazdic, Jordie Benn and Colton Sceviour were extended qualifying offers.
Trade acquisitions from this past season Jake Hauswirth and Angelo Esposito did not receive offers, along with Michael Neal and Mikhail Stefanovich. Hauswirth and Esposito saw some time with the Texas Stars, and Neal saw most of his time in Idaho over the past two seasons. None of these moves announced today will be a big shock to either Dallas or Texas Stars fans I don't think.
Of interest are the names missing from the qualified offers extended so far - Jamie Benn and Tom Wandell. This isn't to say that they won't receive them, as the Stars have until June 25th to extend qualifying offers to their restricted free agents. It wouldn't be a big surprise if Wandell doesn't receive a qualifying offer, although it could still happen. Is Jamie Benn going to receive a qualifying offer while they work on a contract, or will we be seeing an announcement of a new contract for the Stars' premiere forward before that June 25th deadline? Seems like GM Joe Nieuwendyk still has work to do.
Full press release after the jump.
DALLAS STARS EXTEND QUALIFYING OFFERS TO SIX PLAYERS
Frisco, TX - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has extended qualifying offers to the following six players:
Teams are required to extend a one-year "qualifying offer" to any current restricted free agent by June 25 in order to receive the right of the first refusal or draft choice compensation should that respective player sign an offer sheet with another NHL club. The qualifying offers will expire at 4 p.m. (Central Time) on Sunday, July 15.
Qualifying offers fall into three categories:
1. A player whose prior year salary was equal or less than $660,000 must receive a qualifying offer of 110% of their prior year’s salary.
2. A player whose prior year salary was more than $660,000 and up to $1 million must receive a qualifying offer of 105% of their prior year’s salary (but in no event shall such qualifying offer exceed $1 million).
3. A player whose prior year salary was more than $1 million must receive a qualifying offer at 100% of their prior year’s salary.If a team does not give a qualifying offer to a restricted free agent, he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and can sign with any team with no compensation required to the player’s former club.