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07-03-2009, 09:27 PM
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Sources tell TSN the NHL and the NHLPA are investigating what might have been an enormous mistake by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago tendered qualifying offers to several key players this week, including Kris Versteeg, Cam Barker, Ben Eager, Colin Fraser, Aaron Johnson and Troy Brouwer, however the investigation underway is to determine whether the qualifying offers were filed correctly.

If not, there is the remote possibility the qualifying offers could be ruled invalid and the players listed above, conceivably, could be deemed unrestricted free agents because of the blunder.
Potentially a massive ****-up by the Blackhawks here.

Would give the Kings some more options on free agency if they become unrestricted free agents.

Something similar happened with New Jersey back in 2000. Link
5. The New Jersey Devils had an option to renew the contracts of defenceman Brian Rafalski and forward John Madden, but forgot to send out the necessary paperwork.

As a result, both players qualified to become free agents without compensation.

Rafalski was due to earn US$450,000 this season and Madden $550,000. Knowing the Devils, they could have expected 10 percent raises for the next few seasons.

Instead, general manager Lou Lamoriello had to cave in big time. Rafalski got a four-year, $11-million deal. Madden will earn $7 million over the same span.

To make matters worse, an arbitrator ruled that since this was an unusual type of free agency, these salaries can be used as comparables for every young player in the league who goes to arbitration.

Last edited by Sam: 07-03-2009 at 09:33 PM.
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