NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today released the names of the players, who, effective today, became free agents.
Some players whose names appear on this list may recently have signed with their respective Clubs; however, their contracts had not yet been filed with the League.
FREE AGENTS SUBJECT TO COMPENSATION AND RIGHT TO MATCH
-- GROUP 2
The players listed below have been tendered a qualifying offer by their respective Clubs and are subject to draft-choice compensation and right to match. The draft choice compensation scale is based on compensation offered by the new Club:
$660,000 or below -- None
Over $660,000 to $1 million -- Third-round choice
Over $1 million to $2.0 million -- Second-round choice
Over $2.0 million to $3.0 million -- First-round and third-round choice
Over $3.0 million to $4.0 million -- First-round, second-round and third-round choice
Over $4.0 million to $5.0 million -- Two first-round choices,
one second- and one third-round choice
Over $5 million -- Four first-round choices
Nik Antropov, Wade Belak, Aki Berg, Pierre Hedin, Nathan Perrott, Karel Pilar, Clarke Wilm.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS - GROUP 3
The following players have qualified for Group 3 Free Agency (age 31 or older with at least four Accrued Seasons) and are Unrestricted Free Agents.
Tie Domi, Brian Leetch, Alexander Mogilny, Joe Nieuwendyk, Gary Roberts.
POTENTIAL GROUP 5 FREE AGENTS
The following players: (i) have completed ten pro seasons or more (NHL or Minors, excluding Junior hockey), and (ii) in the 2004-05 season earned less than the NHL average salary of $1,390,896 and (iii) received a timely qualifying offer.
These players have the right to elect once in their careers to become Unrestricted Free Agents. If such players do not elect to become Unrestricted Free Agents, since their prior Clubs have tendered them qualifying offers, such players shall remain subject to draft choice compensation and right to match as applies to Group 2 Free Agents. The players listed below have until August 5, 2005 to elect Group 5 status.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS -- GROUP 6
The following players qualify for unrestricted free agency, having met the requirements for Group 6 free agency. These players, whose contracts have expired, are age 25 or older, have completed three or more professional seasons, and (i) in the case of a player other than a goaltender, have played less than 80 NHL games (regular-season and playoff), or (ii) in the case of a goaltender, have played less than 28 NHL games (regular-season and playoff).
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
The following players were not tendered a qualifying offer and are therefore Unrestricted Free Agents not subject to a right to match or draft choice compensation.
Nathan Barrett, Harold Druken, Regan Kelly.