Thread: Confirmed Signing with Link: 2012 NHL Free Agents List
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05-24-2012, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Booba View Post
Probably released.

A bunch of these players have probably already been released (It's only speculation however). For example, Mike Wall and Paul Ranger who have retired from hockey.

By the way, those players do count in the 90 players reserve list (Signed players, unsigned prospects + those "special" RFAs).
There are a couple of former restricted free agents each year who after turning 27 aren't on the Group 3 (unrestricted) free agent list because they were released. Only two come to mind. Eric Himelfarb was a RFA in 2007 (Detroit) and was 27 years old by July 1, 2010. However, he attended the Panthers training camp in 2009 and wasn't listed on the 2010 free agent list. Matt Ryan was a RFA in 2007 (Los Angeles) and was 27 years old by July 1, 2011. He signed with Manchester (AHL) in 2007 and wasn't on the 2011 free agent list.

Almost all of the RFAs eventually become Group 3 (unrestricted) free agents.

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