ECHL announces qualifying offers list for 2016-17; plenty of Michigan names locked up


By @MichaelCaples –

The ECHL announced the players who have received valid qualifying offer from the league’s 28 teams today, and there are plenty of Michigan names on the list.

Players who have already signed contracts for the upcoming season were not listed. Teams are able to reserve the rights of eight players.

The Michigan names (with more ECHL contract details below):

  • Greg Wolfe – Adirondack
  • Mitch Jones – Alaska
  • Justin Buzzeo – Atlanta
  • Trent Daavettila – Colorado
  • David Wohlberg – Florida
  • Garrett Thompson – Fort Wayne
  • Shawn Szydlowski – Fort Wayne
  • Ryan Rashid – Greenville
  • Cory Pritz – Kalamazoo
  • Brett Ponich – Kalamazoo
  • Sacha Guimond – Kalamazoo
  • Alexandre Mallet – Kalamazoo
  • Lane Scheidl – Kalamazoo
  • Eric Kattelus – Kalamazoo
  • Josh Robinson – Missouri
  • Reed Seckel – Missouri
  • Wade Epp – South Carolina
  • Stephan Vigier – South Carolina
  • Derek DeBlois – South Carolina
  • Jeff lerg – Toledo
  • Kyle Bonis – Toledo
  • Cody Wydo – Wheeling
  • Dan Milan – Wichita
  • Andrew Huff – Wichita


Here’s the full breakdown on how qualifying offers work in the ECHL:


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 2016-17 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, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the player 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.