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Thursday's notes: RFA issue revolves around a single question

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The Nashville Predators had scheduled a press availability for GM David Poile later today at Development Camp, but rather than looking ahead to the team's strategy for the free agency period which begins on Friday, I suspect a good deal of the focus will be on this developing situation with the team's RFA's.

There's only one question that really needs to be asked and answered here:

"How were the Qualifying Offers delivered to the players in question, and what makes you believe that the team met the 5:00 p.m. Eastern deadline on Monday?"

Monday afternoon, assistant GM Paul Fenton joined the Afternoon Press Box show on WNSR, talking mostly about the draft, but included in that conversation was a side comment about Qualifying Offers, and I distinctly remember Fenton saying "they need to go out by 4:00 p.m. today" (audio, sadly, is not available). It certainly sounds like, at a minimum, the team cut things dangerously close here. Why not send them out in the morning? Why not before the weekend?

Hopefully our local media asks some of these questions today. Stay tuned...

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