ECHL announces players with Qualifying Offers

The ECHL on Tuesday released the list of players who received a valid qualifying offer from ECHL teams by the June 30 deadline.

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 2014-15 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.

Brad Richard, Evan Trupp, C.J. Severyn, Andy Taranto, Ross Ring-Jarvi, Alex Belzile, Tommy Mele and Brett Findlay 
Matt Thurber, Ryan Watson, Ryan Little, Nick MacNeil, Spencer Bennett, Joel Broda and Gary Steffes 
Rob Madore, Brett Wysopal, Chris Reed, David MacDonald, Pat O’Keefe, Dan Eves, Josh Birkholz and Joe Basaraba 
Marc Cheverie, Kyle Ostrow, Daniel Johnston, Mark Nemec, Jesse Mychan, Kyle Kraemer, Braden Birch and Kevin Ulanski 
Jordan Pietrus, Nick Tuzzolino, Patch Alber and Neil Conway 
Guillaume Lepine, Daultan Leveille, Patrick Kennedy and Loren Barron 
Andy Iles, Evan Bloodoff, Jordan Henry, Matthew Pistilli, Tyson Gimblett, Cameron Burt and Mike Cornell 
Ben Meisner, Scott Fleming, Brandon Marino, Aaron Clarke, Christian Ouellet and Dean Ouellet 
Erik Burgdoerfer, Brad Cole, Jordie Johnston, Marc-Olivier Vallerand, Brayden Irwin, Bretton Cameron, Ryan Hegarty and Brandon Hynes 
Brandon MacLean , Eric Springer, Matthew Clune, Alex Hutchings, Kurtis Bartliff, Maxime Legault, Mike Merrifield and Art Bidlevskii 
David de Kastrozza, Brett Robinson, Eamonn McDermott, Jason Bast, Tyler Beskorowany, Anthony Nigro, Tommy Grant and Gaelan Patterson 
Kalvin Sagert, Elgin Reid, Dustin Cloutier, Ben Wilson, Matt Caria, Wesley Myron and Mike Matczak
Zach O’Brien, Jake Newton, Mario Lamoureux, Matt Register, Matt White, Olivier Dame-Malka, John Ryder and Dylan Wruck 
Eric Baier, Connor Goggin, Tyler Murovich, Kory Nagy, Jacob Cepis, Cody Reichard, Bryce Aneloski and Blake Kessel 
Matt Campanale, Louie Caporusso, Ian O’Connor, Julien Cayer, Ethan Cox, Mike Banwell, Nick Bruneteau and Brandon Blandina 
Andrew Cherniwchan, Brendan Ellis, Chris Langkow, Jack Downing, Marc Hagel, Peter Boyd, Scooter Vaughan and Wayne Simpson 
Andrew Clark, Joey Martin, James Henry, Matt Bergland, Corey Trivino , Ryan Hayes, Landon Oslanski and Jason Dale 
Matt Abercrombie, Trevor Bruess, Travis Novak, Jesse Messier, Alden Hirschfeld, Cody Lampl, William Rapuzzi and Corey Fienhage 
Danick Paquette, Jamie MacQueen, Vinny Scarsella, David Vallorani, Aaron Dell and Brendan Jamison 
Zack Torquato, Jake Areshenko, Shane Bakker, Myles Harvey, Barry Goers, Max MacKay and Paul Cianfrini