A slightly less publicized deadline has passed in the NHL this week: that for RFA qualification. Teams had until the 26th to qualify their RFA, stopping them from becoming UFAs on July 1st.
Qualification means that a team reserves the right to match any contract offer that player gets from another club, whereas not-qualified players are free to sign wherever they wish, they have no affiliation with that team any longer.
Qualified players have until July 15 to accept their offers, or choose to hold out for a better contract. If another team offer these players a deal (an offer sheet), the team has one week to match it or accept the draft pick compensation for letting them go.
Non-Qualified players (for the most part) are ones to dump off your reserve bench in fantasy hockey. If their club deems them so unlikely to be of value that they will lose them for free, perhaps there is better use for your valuable bench spots.
Below I’ve listed the player who DID receive offers from their team, and then a list top notable players who DID NOT receive offers – becoming notable free agents.
In tomorrow's Ramblings, Mark Allen will continue his epic Ramblings saga and give some much more in-depth analysis of each of the fantasy-relevant prospects mentioned herein. So as a primer for his work, here we go:
NON QUALIFIED PLAYERS
I cherry-picked some players who did not receive qualifying offers due to their remaining current value or status as finally at the end of their rope. These are risky pickups at best, but free value should never be frowned upon in the world of fantasy hockey.
Keep around for now:
On the right squad, he's still got the talent to become a productive centerman. Pittsburgh is a potential great fit should Bonino move on.
I wouldn't give up on the former first rounder yet. Imagine if Chicago put him in Panarin's now-vacant position…
He scored 22 goals not too long ago. Could be a nice fourth-line producer.
So productive in the AHL, and unlike others on the "Dump" list, he hasn't had enough NHL time to prove himself yet. I still think he could earn a spot.
Dump for better bets:
He's had multiple chances on multiple teams. I dropped him long ago.
He's had so many opportunities to grab a spot with no competition and still cant seem to do it.
Everybody loves him when he hits the waiver wire, then he hits it again…and again..
Anaheim: Kevin Boyle, Jaycob Megna, Nick Sorensen, Max Gortz
Arizona: Jordan Martinook, Anthony Duclair, Nick Cousins, Tyler Gaudet, Marek Langhamer
Boston: Noel Acciari, Linus Arnesson, Austin Czarnik, Zane McIntyre, David Pastrnak, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner, Malcom Subban
Buffalo: Marcus Foligno (now MIN property), Zegmus Girgensons, Johan Larsson, Evan Rodrigues, Nathan Beaulieu, Robin Lehner
Calgary: Sam Bennett, Michael Ferland, Jon Gillies, Garnet Hathaway, brett kulak, Curtis Lazar, David Rittich, Linden Vey, Tyler Wotherspoon
Carolina: Phil Di Guiseppe, Brock McGinn, Jake Chelios
Chicago: Tomas Jurco (now signed to a deal), Ville Pokka, Erik Gustafsson
Colorado: Sven Andrighetto (now signed to a deal), Gabriel Bourque, Felix Girard, Rocco Grimaldi, Matt Nieto, Duncan Siemens, Nikita Zadorov
Columbus: Alex Wennberg, Josh Anderson, Jordan Schroeder, Daniel Zarr
Dallas: Radek Faksa, Brett Ritchie, Gemel Smith, Matej Stransky, Patrik Nemeth, Jamie Oleksiak
Detroit: Tomas Tatar, Andreas Athanasiou, Martin Frk, Xavier Ouellet, Robbie Russo, Brian Lashoff
Edmonton: Leon Draisaitl, Bogdan Yakimov, Dillon Simpson, Joey Laleggia
Florida: Mark Pysyk, Alex Petrovic, MacKenzie Weegar
LA: Justin Auger, Jonny Brodzinski, Andrew Crescenzi, Kevin Gravel, Paul LaDue, Zachary leslie, Kurtis MacDermid, Michael Mersch, Nick Shore
Minnesota: Mikael Granlund, Nino Niederreiter, Kurtis Gabriel, Zack Mitchell, Zach Palmqvist, Mike Reilly, Steve Michalek
Montreal: Alex Galchenyuk, Jacob De La Rose, Max Friberg, Charlie Lindgren
Nashville: Ryan Johansen, Viktor Arvidsson, Pontus Aberg, Frederick Gaudreau, Austin Watson, Marek Mazanec
New Jersey: Joseph Blandisi, Stefan Noesen, Blake Coleman, Blake Pietila, Kevin Rooney, Ben Thompson, Vojtech Mozik, Damon Severson, Scott Wedgewood
NYI: Connor Jones, Calvin de Haan, Adam Pelech, Chris Gibson
NYR: Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast, Nicklas Jenson
Ottawa: JG Pageau, Ryan Dzingel, Chris Driedger, Patrick Sieloff, Mikael Wikstrand
Philadelphia: Scott Laughton, Taylor Leier, Roman Lyubimov, Mike Vecchinoe, Cole Bardreau, Anthony Stolarz, Alex Lyon
Pittsburgh: Conor Sheary, Josh Archibald, JS Dea, Brian Dumoulin, Justin Schultz, Derrick Pouliot, Frank Corrado
San Jose: Barclay Goodrow, Marcus Sorensen, Chris Tierney
St. Louis: Magnus Paajarvi, Oskar Sundqvist, Colton Parayko, Petteri Lindbolm, Jordan Binnington
Tampa Bay: Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Michael Bournival, Tye McGinn, Matthew Peca, tanner Richard, Jake Dotchin, Slater Koekkoek, Kristers Gudlevskis
Toronto: Connor Brown, Justin Holl, Zach Hyman, Garrett Sparks
Vancouver: Reid Boucher, Michael Chaput, Brendan Gaunce, bo Horvat, Joseph LaBate, Evan McEneny, Nikita Trymakin (departed for KHL)
Washington: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky, travis Boyd, Laim O’brien, Chandler Stephenson, Dmitry Orlov (now signed to a deal), Philipp Grubauer
Winnipeg: Andrew Copp, Brandon Tanev, JC Lipon
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