Can anyone here just clarify the RFA situations for me please? Like now it's past 5pm ET, which means guys like S.Kostitsyn, J.Gorges etc are all UFA on July 1st right?? Can they're offers still be matched by their respective teams if they sign an offer sheet? Or are they flat out UFA's??
Deadline for clubs to make qualifying offers to their restricted free agents. Qualifying offers must be received by this date. Players, however, cannot accept those Qualifying Offers officially until July 1. Players have until July 15th to accept their QO. Any impending RFA who does not receive a Qualifying Offer can become an unrestricted free agent if their Club also does not opt for Club-Elected arbitration.
Impending restricted free agents are free to open talks with any NHL team, including the team holding their rights. However, no official offers can be made, new contracts, offer sheets, etc, until July 1. (This does not apply to players with fewer than three years experience who have received a qualifying offer. In that case, the qualifying offer gives the Club exclusive negotiating rights to a player with less than three years pro experience.)