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'Blades Extend Qualifying Offers to Eight Players

Wednesday, July 1st
'Blades Extend Qualifying Offers to Eight Players

ESTERO, FL – The Florida Everblades announced Wednesday that they have extended qualifying offers to eight players for the 2015-16 season.  The following is a list of players receiving qualifying offers:

GoaltendersMatt Ginn

DefensemenMatt MangeneMike CornellMike Little

ForwardsKevin LynchMike AvianiCorey TrivinoBrant Harris

Players who had already signed a contract by June 30 did not need to receive a qualifying offer.

Each team was entitled to reserve the rights to a maximum of eight qualified players. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four could be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the upcoming 2015-16 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player will retain the rights to that veteran until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.2015-16 Opening Weekend!The Everblades open the 2015-16 season at home on Friday, October 16 against the Gwinnett Gladiators at Germain Arena! The two teams will also meet on Saturday, October 17.

To view the full 2015-16 regular season schedule CLICK HERE 

2015-16 Ticket PackagesTicket packages for the 2015-16 season are now on sale! Full and partial tickets plans are available to fit your schedule and budget.  All packages save you money from the box office price and come loaded with great benefits!

For more information call 239-948-7825, or stop by the Everblades Main Office located at Germain Arena, Monday—Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Everblades are the proud ECHL affiliateof the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning.###

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