Today is the deadline for NHL teams to extend qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents (that is, if they want to keep them restricted), and this year, it sounds like the Nashville Predators took no chances and delivered most of their QO's well ahead of time, to avoid any possible mixup. In a nutshell, a Qualifying Offer is a contract offer by the team to these players which at least matches the previous year's salary (and for players under $1 million, includes a 5% or 10% raise depending on salary). If the team doesn't want to make such an offer, that player instead becomes an Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1 and can go anywhere he likes.
The vast majority of RFA's receive their QO's. An exception from recent years was defenseman Denis Grebeshkov, who was picked up for Nashville's 2010 playoff run. His salary was over $3 million, and the Preds didn't want to offer that much so he became a UFA and ultimately headed over to the KHL.
So pour over the list of the Preds' upcoming free agents and think about who you'd like to see back after reading this morning's hockey notes...
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Nashville Predators News
Hockey Independent Offseason Predictions: Where Will Ryan Suter Land? | Hockey Independent
Pittsburgh has suddenly come on strong as a contender, given the cap room and the spot on the blueline opened up by two trades.
Suter headlines the upcoming week - Predators Insider
Does Pittsburgh make a great fit for Suter, though?
Smashville 24/7 - Fourth-round pick comes from storied program
Shattuck-St. Mary's is pretty much an NHL factory.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Sunday Night Hockey in Canada, anyone? - The Globe and Mail
Hockey may follow the NFL's model and feature a big Sunday night game each week.
NHL clubs ready to woo U.S. collegian Justin Schultz - CBC.ca
Originally drafted by Anaheim but never signed, Justin Schultz comes out of the University of Wisconsin and will draw interest from many teams.
Draft Day 2012 Disappoints - Blog - icethetics.info
From a fashion standpoint, there wasn't much to report over the weekend.
Canucks Don't Yet Hold All The Cards - The Spin
What's the ratio of "this team should offer sheet that RFA" proposals to actual offer sheets? 50 to 1?
Which teams helped themselves the most at draft? – USATODAY.com
The Anders Lindback deal may be worth checking back in on after 3-5 years.