Earlier this season I put together an article talking about extensions and the possibility of what players were due new contracts. Let’s follow up with where things stand today.
Now that the hockey season is over, we can start the process of off-season thoughts. The question of which players are due what money and what players do we expect to see in an Anaheim Ducks jersey next season are looming.
The team announced yesterday afternoon they have extended Qualifying Offers to all of their Restricted Free Agents.
Today, we tendered qualifying offers to the following players:— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) June 26, 2018
Now, let’s take a step back into what this exactly means. I think a lot of people get confused into what a Qualifying Offer means. Essentially the Anaheim Ducks are retaining negotiating rights and preventing the players from being Unrestricted Free Agents. If any of the Restricted Free Agents above were not extended qualifying offers, they would be considered Unrestricted Free Agents and could sign with any team.
Generally the team does this with players to extend the time to either negotiate a longer term deal or an offer that the player feels they deserve. The regular NHL players more than likely are getting multi-year extensions and Bob Murray just needs more time to work with the them to get a deal that works for the player/agent and team. Below are the numbers that player would receive if they decide to sign the qualifying offers.
Nick Ritchie - I don’t expect Nick Ritchie to sign this offer. I expect a multi-year deal to come to fruition in the coming days.
Brandon Montour - I believe that the Anaheim Ducks will sign Montour to a multi-year extension. I project a bridge deal like the one Sami Vatanen received before signing the deal he currently has.
Ondrej Kase - This is another player that will more than likely get a bridge deal based on the performance Kase put on this past season.
Nic Kerdiles - I expect Nic to get a comparable deal to what he has now. He has been injury prone, and I don’t expect him to be a regular NHL player. If Corey Tropp doesn’t come back to the San Diego Gulls next season our Gulls writer expects him to pick up the “C” patch.
Kevin Roy - Kevin Roy fan club member here. I expect Roy to get a multi-year deal comparable to what Jaycob Megna received.
Andy Welinski - I expect Andy to be fighting for the extra defenseman spot in the NHL next season. He was reliable in the NHL games he was given last season.
Kalle Kossila - Kalle wasn’t given much to show off his talent last season playing on the 4th line. I expect a small one year deal for Kalle on more of a prove it contract.
As the players start signing contracts I will help keep us up to date with new contracts. Sunday July 1st will be the start of Free Agent signing season. I expect Bob Murray to go bargain hunting again.