The Tulsa Oilers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues, and Head Coach Rob Murray issued Qualifying Offers to three players for the 2019-20 season this past weekend.
These are the three players who received offers*:
*Players who had already signed a contract by June 30 did not need to receive a qualifying offer. The Oilers are prepared to begin announcing signed players in the coming weeks, pending approval.
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 2019-20 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.
The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until July 16 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 July 16. After July 16, 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. 1, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.
The Oilers open the season Friday, October 11 on home ice at the BOK Center, when they face-off against the Kansas City Mavericks at 7:05pm. Tulsa then hosts the Allen Americans Saturday, October 12 at 7:05pm, and welcomes the Rapid City Rush Sunday, October 13 at 4:05pm to complete opening weekend.