COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Blue Jackets have made decisions on the contract statuses of several restricted free agents.
The deadline to extend a qualifying offer to restricted free agents (RFA) is 5 p.m. ET on the first Monday following the NHL Draft, which happens to be today. Here is the list of Blue Jackets who received qualifying offers by today’s deadline:
A qualifying offer is given to pending RFAs in order for the club to retain their negotiating rights, and the value of the qualifying offer depends on the player's salary in the preceding season.
Players making less than $660,000 in the previous League year receive a qualifying offer equal to 110 percent of last season’s salary. Those earning up to $1 million get qualifying offers at 105 percent of their salary, and players earning more than $1 million are qualified at 100 percent of their salary.
There are a few things to remember about qualifying offers: if a player is not extended a qualifying offer by the deadline, they are automatically an unrestricted free agent (UFA).
If the player chooses not to accept the qualifying offer, they remain a restricted free agent and property of the club. Qualifying offers are one-year contracts.
Players not receiving a qualifying offer today are Michael Chaput and Michael Paliotta.