Stingrays Extend Eight Qualifying Offers

Stingrays Extend Eight Qualifying Offers

Jul 3, 2017

The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, announced that qualifying offers have been extended to eight players on their season-ending roster.

Forwards (3): Andrew Cherniwchan, Derek DeBlois, Steven McParland

Defensemen (5): Wade Epp, Danny Federico, Mitch Nylen, Marcus Perrier, Steve Weinstein
                                                          
Players who had already signed a contract by June 30 did not need to receive a qualifying offer.

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 2017-18 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 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 will retain the rights to that veteran until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran 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. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

Last week, the Stingrays signed forwards Trevor Gillies and Patrick Megannety to contracts for the 2017-18 season, the only players under contract with the club this far. More player signings are expected to be announced in the coming days and weeks.

South Carolina opens their 25th anniversary season in front of their home fans at the North Charleston Coliseum on Oct. 20 against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at 7:05 p.m.

2017-18 season packages are on sale now through the Stingrays office featuring discounted pricing and great benefits! For more information, call 843-744-2248.

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