Can someone please explain Restricted Free Agents. I know that a team has the option to give the RFA a qualifying offer, but how can a RFA sign with another team. Also if a RFA signs with another team, doesn't the original team get compensation such as draft picks.
I assume DW will give RFA offers to Exelby, Heatley, Kaberle, Kovalchuk, Savard and Stefan, but what will happen to the others like Tremeblay and Larson.
When a player is an RFA, in order for the team to retain his rights(prevent him from becoming a UFA) he needs to be given an offer that's at least 10% higher than his last year's salary. After that he basically a normal free agent, except for the fact that if he belongs to team A and team B offers him a contract of 3 million/year and he accepts, team A has the option to match it and sign him for that amount. if they choose to let him go, they will get compensation picks from team B.