The Boston Bruins have tendered qualifying offers to nine players, it was announced today by Bruins Interim General Manager Jeff Gorton.
In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams must tender qualifying offers to players who had 2005-06 contracts and are either under the age of 29 or have played less than eight NHL seasons in order to retain their compensation rights.
Qualifying offers are in three groups, based on the value of 2005-06 contracts: players at $660,000 or less receive qualifying offers at 110% of that amount; players earning more than $660,000 but less than $1 million receive qualifying offers at 105% of that amount; and players earning more than $1 million receive qualifying offers at 100% of that salary.
If a Group II restricted free agent is not tendered a qualifying offer by his club by 5:00 p.m. on June 26, he will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
As of 5:00 p.m. on June 26, the following players become Group II (restricted) free agents, with the Bruins having the right to match any offer made by another team or due draft pick compensation should the team decide not to match an offer: Andrew Alberts, Patrice Bergeron
, Brad Boyes, Nick Boynton, Milan Jurcina, Nathan Robinson, Martin Samuelsson, Jordan Sigalet and David Tanabe. A qualifying offer had also been sent to Andrew Raycroft prior to his June 24 trade to Toronto.
Brian Eklund, Ivan Huml, Josh Langfeld and Pat Leahy were not tendered qualifying offers and will become unrestricted free agents able to sign with any team as of July 1.