Multiple sources are reporting that a grievance hearing has been set for July 8 to determine whether the Nashville Predators
failed to submit qualifying offers to seven restricted free agents prior to this past 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 news release Tuesday claiming they had issued qualifying offers to all seven players.
An arbitrator will 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 began 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."