Today was the deadline for teams to tender qualifying offers to their own Restricted Free Agents (RFA’s). It was announced, first reported by Adrian Dater of BSNDenver, that the Avalanche tendered qualifying offers to seven players.
Most notably, and not surprisingly, the Avs tendered qualifying offers to forwards Sven Andrighetto, Matt Nieto, and Rocco Grimaldi along with defenseman Nikita Zadorov.
Forwards Felix Girard and Gabriel Bourque and defenseman Duncan Siemens were also tendered qualifying offers by the Avalanche.
By tendering qualifying offers to these players, the Avalanche hold the rights to these players if not signed by July 1. The players can either sign their qualifying offers or negotiate themselves a better contract. In any case, the Avalanche hold their rights and can match any offer from predatory offer sheets.
Forwards Mikhail Grigorenko, Sam Henley, Troy Bourke and Turner Elson along with defensemen Patrick Wiercioch and Eric Gelinas were NOT tendered qualifying offers by the Avalanche.
These players will become Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA’s) on July 1 and are free to sign with any team they want. Theoretically, the Avs could still sign any of these players before July 1 (or after). However, that’s very unlikely and the Avs are moving on.