As with every offseason, many teams are forced to let some of their players go due to their very limited cap space.
Sometimes, though, whether these players are restricted or unrestricted free agents, some teams just let go players they no longer want or don’t agree to under the terms of a contract extension.
This summer, some players who are restricted free agents may not receive a qualifying offer from their team for all sorts of reasons. These players would thus become free as air.
So the attention of the various National Hockey League teams won’t just be focused on unrestricted free agents when the free-agent market opens on July 13.
In fact, Elliotte Friedman stated in one of her recent episodes of 32 thoughts that some players are RFA you cannot receive qualified offers. Therefore, these players could become very attractive to other NHL teams.
32 thoughts Friday morning podcast, links to your preferred platform here: https://t.co/nMXprOcD8k Jeff is at the Combine in Buffalo. Enjoy!
— Elliotte Friedman (@FredgeHNIC) June 3, 2022
How can an RFA player become a UFA?
It’s very simple.
Either the RFA player’s team simply decides not to make a qualifying offer to this player, or this same team decides to simply let the player go.
A team may reject the referee’s decision only if the contract salary awarded by the referee is more than $4,538,958. In this situation, the player would also become an unrestricted free agent.
These are Friedman’s words on potential RFAs that might not receive a qualified offer.
“There are a lot of eyes on qualified offers. Cap space is tight, and the figure to let go of a player who owns arbitration this summer is $4,538,958. If they are unconvinced of a player’s production, teams can opt to let him go for free in July rather than risk an arbitration award they cannot escape.
Toronto fans were left confused by an Instagram post by Ondrej KaseOndrej Kase thanking Maple Leafs fans, taking it as an indication he might be leaving. It’s premature, I think there are talks going on, but it’s not bad to think that the team would be scared off by an arbitration award in a tight salary cap situation.
Others to watch include: Ethan Bear (Caroline), Denis Gurianov (Dallas), Kasperi Kapanen (Pittsburgh), Dylan Strome (Chicago), Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha (New Jersey). That’s not to say that all of these players are guaranteed to make it to market, it’s more that teams are watching to see what decisions are made. – Elliott Friedman
Therefore, various NHL teams will be keeping a very close eye on qualifying offers made or not made by certain teams on their RFA players.
Teams could even make a hostile offer to some of these players. Therefore, it will also be necessary to monitor possible hostile offers.
On the CH side, the restricted free agents are: Kale Clague, Samuel Montembeault Rem Pitlick, Michael Pezzetta and Alexander Romanov.
Of these five players, Romanov is the only one who will not have the right to arbitration and who will not be able to receive hostile offers.
It will be interesting to see if Kent Hughes will investigate the registration of some restricted free agents from other teams.
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