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06-24-2009, 02:26 AM
What's the Pred say?
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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Matt Ellison (2008) and Denis Platonov (2006) are Group II (restricted) free agents regardless of where they are playing. Platonov turned 27 last year so he will become a Group III (unrestricted) free agent on July 1. Ellison will turn 27 in late 2010 so he won't become an unrestricted free agent until July 1, 2011. I didn't know that teams have to give qualifying offers to restricted free agents.
Yes, that's how teams can decide which RFAs they want to keep or release. Aaron Johnson, for example, was not tendered a QO by Columbus and was free to sign with the Islanders.
I would assume that, by qualifying Platonov, they retain his rights beyond July 1st. I know they can't do this sort of thing indefinitely, but what would be the point of qualifying him if he's just going to walk anyway?
I'd like to see Denis give NA a second chance. We don't have Arkhipov to give him a nervous breakdown this time.
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