ECHL Announces Season-Ending Rosters
June 16, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) News Release
PRINCETON, N.J. - The ECHL on Monday released the season-ending rosters
submitted by each of its member teams.
Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-ending rosters
cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2007-08.
Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from
the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than July 1. Of the
eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular
season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2008-09
season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not
required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior
to July 1.
The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until August 1 at
which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign
the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action.
Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall
retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.
A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player will
retain the rights to that veteran until August 1. After August 1, if the
veteran player is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran shall
be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure
offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not
be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a
team other than the team with the player's rights and the restricted free
agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and
the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with
the player's rights and the Professional Hockey Players' Association. The
member with the player's rights shall have seven days after the date it is
notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.
If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a
contract by an ECHL team by August 31, the player shall be deemed an
unrestricted free agent.
ECHL Season-Ending Rosters
Chris Di Ubaldo
Joe Van Culin
LAS VEGAS WRANGLERS
MISSISSIPPI SEA WOLVES
PENSACOLA ICE PILOTS
SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS
Matt W. Reid
Chris St. Jacques
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08, the ECHL is the Premier 'AA' Hockey League and the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.
ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown to be a
coast-to-coast league that will play with 24 teams in 16 states and British
Columbia in 2008-09.
The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May
The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the NHL in 2007-08,
marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations
with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
There have been 355
former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in
the ECHL, including 99 in the last three seasons. There have been 210
former ECHL players who have played their first game in the NHL in the past
There are 15 coaches in the NHL who have ECHL experience including former
Wheeling coach Peter Laviolette, who is head coach of the Carolina
Hurricanes, and former Mississippi coach
Bruce Boudreau, who is head coach of the Washington Capitals.
The ECHL is represented for the eighth consecutive year on the National
Hockey League championship team in 2008 with Detroit Red Wings forward
The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey
League in 2007-08 and for the past 19 years there has been an ECHL player
on the Calder Cup champion.
In each of the last two seasons there have been more than 225 players who
have played in both the ECHL and the AHL and there were over 800 call-ups
involving more than 500 players. In the last five seasons the ECHL has had
more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with
over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03.
Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.
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