The National Hockey League Players' Association has filed a grievance against the Nashville Predators
, claiming the club did not send qualifying offers to seven of its pending restricted free agents by Monday's 5 p.m. ET deadline.
The players involved are Sergei Kostitsyn
, Matt Halischuk
, Nick Spaling
, Chris Mueller
, Andreas Thuresson
, Linus Klasen
and Cal O'Reilly
. The Predators put out a press release Tuesday claiming they had issued qualifying offers to all seven players.
An arbitrator is expected to rule on the case and if he finds that the Predators did not meet the deadline the players will all become unrestricted free agents. The free-agent signing period begins at 12 p.m. ET Friday.
"We are not aware of any defects relating to Qualifying Offers tendered by the Nashville Predators
to certain of the team's players as several media outlets are reporting," the NHL said in a statement released Wednesday night. "Those players, having timely received Qualifying Offers, will be Restricted Free Agents as of July 1, and both the players and the team will be accorded the various rights and benefits of Restricted Free Agency as set forth in the CBA."