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.)
ANAHEIM: Dan Sexton, Nick Bonino; Patrick Maroon.
BOSTON: Brad Marchand, RW.
BUFFALO: Nathan Gerbe, C; Marc-Andre Gragnani, D; Andrej Sekera, D; Jhonas Enroth, G; Mike Weber, D.
CALGARY: Leland Irving, G; Brendan Mikkelson, D.
CAROLINA: Brandon Sutter, C; Derek Joslin, D; Bobby Sanguinetti, D; Brett Sutter, LW; Brett Bellemore, D; Oskar Osala, LW (Signed in KHL).
CHICAGO: Michael Frolik, RW; Chris Campoli, D; Viktor Stalberg, LW.
COLORADO: Kyle Cumiskey, D; Ryan Wilson, D; David Jones, RW; Ryan OByrne, D; T.J. Galiardi, LW; Kevin Porter, C.
COLUMBUS: Michael Blunden, RW; Marc Methot, D.
DETROIT: Logan Pyett, D; Jordan Pearce, G; Francis Pare, D.
FLORIDA: Mike Santorelli, C; Shawn Matthias, C; Marc Cheverie, G; Mike Duco, RW; Kenndal McArdle, LW; Tyler Plante, G; Michael Caruso, 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.
MINNESOTA: Darroll Powe, C; James Sheppard, C; Casey Wellman, C; Colton Gillies, C; Jarod Palmer, F; Justin Falk, D; Jeff Penner, D.
MONTREAL: Ryan White, RW; Mathieu Carle, D; Josh Gorges, D; Yannick Weber, D; Ryan Russell, F; Frederic St-Denis, D; Kyle Klubertanz, D (Signed in Sweden).
NASHVILLE: Nick Spaling, C; Matt Halischuk, RW; Sergei Kostitsyn, LW; Shea Weber, D; Linus Klasen, F; Andreas Thuresson, F; Chris Mueller, F.
NEW JERSEY: Matt Corrente, D; Vladimir Zharkov, RW; Alexander Vasyunov, LW; Mark Fraser, D; Jeff Frazee, G; Maxim Noreau, D; Nathan Perkovich, RW; Matt Taormina, D; Steve Zalewski, F.
NY ISLANDERS: Josh Bailey, C; Ty Wishart, D; Blake Comeau, RW; Michael Haley, LW; Jesse Joensuu, LW; Dylan Reese, D.
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.
PHILADELPHIA: Jakub Voracek, RW; Jon Kalinski, LW; Wayne Simmonds, RW.
PITTSBURGH: Dustin Jeffrey, F; Brad Thiessen, G.
SAN JOSE: Benn Ferriero, LW; John McCarthy, LW; Jamie McGinn, LW; Frazer McLaren, LW.
ST. LOUIS: T.J. Oshie, RW; Ryan Reaves, RW; Ben Bishop, 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.
TORONTO: Tyler Bozak, C; Luca Caputi, LW; Matt Lashoff, D; Clarke MacArthur, LW; Luke Schenn, D; Greg Scott, F; Ben Scrivens, G.
VANCOUVER: Victor Oreskovich, RW; Maxim Lapierre, C; Jannik Hansen, RW.
WASHINGTON: Karl Alzner, D; Francois Bouchard, C; Troy Brouwer, RW; Mathieu Perreault, C; Semyon Varlamov, G.
WINNIPEG: Andrew Ladd, LW; Blake Wheeler, RW.
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.
CAROLINA: Troy Bodie, RW; Jiri Tlusty, LW.
CHICAGO: Jake Dowell, C.
COLORADO: Philippe Dupuis, C; Brian Elliott, G.
COLUMBUS: Sami Lepisto, D; Anton Stralman, D; Tomas Kana, C (Signed in Czech Republic); Petr Kalus, RW (Signed in Finland); Michael Ratchuk, D; Gustaf Wesslau,G (Signed in Sweden).
EDMONTON: J.F Jacques, LW; Zack Stortini, RW.
FLORIDA: Nicklas Bergfors, RW; Steve Bernier, RW; Byron Bitz, RW.
LOS ANGELES: Rob Bordson, RW.
MINNESOTA: Patrick O’Sullivan, C.
MONTREAL: Alexandre Picard, D; Tom Pyatt, RW; Benoit Pouliot, LW; Dustin Boyd, C; Nigel Dawes, LW.
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.
TAMPA BAY: Mike Lundin, D; Matt Smaby, D; Alex Berry, F; Stefano Giliati, F; Kevin Quick, D; Vladimir Mihalik, D; Levi Nelson, F; Paul Szccechura, C.
TORONTO: Christian Hanson, C; Brayden Irwin, F; Fabiann Brunnstrom, LW.
VANCOUVER: Lee Sweatt, D.
WASHINGTON: Josh Godfrey, D; Joe Finley, D; Trevor Bruess, F.
WINNIPEG: Rob Schremp, C; Anthony Stewart, RW.
(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.