ECHL Announces Players With Qualifying Offers

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Thursday released the list of players who received a valid qualifying offer from ECHL teams by the July 1 deadline.

Players who had already signed a contract by July 1 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 2008-09 season). Players on open qualifying offers can not 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 August 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

Teams are not allowed to sign more than 24 players to contracts during the summer.

Alaska Aces
Doug Krantz
Ryan Turek
Matt Stefanishion
Jean-Philippe Lamoureux
Nick Tuzzolino
Tyson Marsh
Jordan Foreman
Brett Hemingway

Bakersfield Condors
Jerad Kaufmann
Jay Langager
Donny Grover
Liam Huculak
Matt Pope

Charlotte Checkers
Michel Leveille
Jeff Jakaitis
Mitch Carefoot
Jared Nightingale
Peter Tsimikalis
Matthew Ford
Kevin Schaeffer
Marty Guerin

Cincinnati Cyclones
Jason Woll
Mark Van Guilder
Felix Petit
Matt Syroczynski
Jimmy Kilpatrick
Justin Johnson

Elmira Jackals
Josh Aspenlind
Wes Cunningham
Paul McIlveen
Craig Switzer
Guillaume Lepine
Travis Gawryletz
Brandon Roach
Chris Korchinski

Florida Everblades
Milan Gajic
Ryan Lang
Steve McJannet
Patrick Bordeleau
Alexandre Parent
Brad Herauf
Dominic D’Amour
Michael Grenzy

Gwinnett Gladiators
Jeff Mason
Travis Fuller
Phil Youngclaus
Jordan Fox
Pat Bateman
Brandon Kaleniecki
Josh Engel

Idaho Steelheads
Bryan McGregor
Steve Gainey
Kory Scoran
Riley Weselowski
Travis Wight

Johnstown Chiefs
Jarrett Konkle
Ryan Del Monte
Andrew Sarauer
Andy Contois
Todd Griffith
Russ Sinkewich
R.J. Anderson
Alex Penner

Las Vegas Wranglers
Tim Spencer
Brandon Straub
Dan Riedel
Adam Miller
Jason Dest
Mick Lawrence
Mike Hamilton
Justin Taylor

Ontario Reign
Kellen Briggs
Andrew Martens
Dusty Collins
Mike Howe
Dan Knapp
Darren McMillan
Dale Reinhardt
Jason Tejchma

Reading Royals
Ben Gordon
Kirk MacDonald
Brock Hooton
Ryan Cruthers
Kyle Peto
Kyle Rank
Kevin Harvey
Ryan Toomey

South Carolina Stingrays
Jeff Corey
Pierre-Luc O’Brien
Spencer Carbery
Keith Johnson
Johann Kroll
Brad Farynuk
Jonathan Boutin
Zach Tarkir

Stockton Thunder
Daryl Marcoux
Oren Eizenman
Igor Gongalsky
Mark Adamek
Judd Blackwater
Mike Lalonde
Kenny MacAulay
Neil Petruic

Trenton Devils
Jeremy Akeson
Justin Coutu
Charlie Effinger
Dan Eves
Thomas Harrison
David Leaderer
Dylan Quaile
Scott Bartlett

Utah Grizzlies
Mike Walsh
Jordan Hart
Tom May
Tyler Wooddisse
James Sanford
Dan McDonald
Peder Skinner
Slavomir Tomko

Victoria Salmon Kings
Andy Brandt
Gary Gladue
Matt Kelly
Darryl Lloyd
Chris St. Jacques
Adam Taylor
Tim Wedderburn

Wheeling Nailers
Andrew Lord
Chase Watson
Scott Kalinchuk
Aaron Clarke
Billy Ryan
Cliff Loya
Jonathan Ralph
Mitch Ganzak