Stingrays Announce 2015-16 Season-Ending Roster
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC-The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, announced today the team's Season-Ending Roster. South Carolina's Season-Ending Roster includes 11 players who appeared on the club's 2016 Kelly Cup Playoff Roster, and a total of 12 skaters. Only players signed to ECHL contracts were eligible to be placed on the Season-Ending Roster.
The Stingrays' Season-Ending Roster includes the following players:
Forwards (7): Brett Cameron, Derek DeBlois, Joe Devin, Patrick Gaul, Trevor Gillies, Stephan Vigier, Kelly Zajac
Forward/Defense (1): Marcus Perrier
Defensemen (4): Nick D'Agostino, Wade Epp, Colton Saucerman, Steve Weinstein
The release of the Season-Ending Roster closes the 2015-16 ECHL season. Players may begin to sign contracts for the 2016-17 season starting today.
Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2015-16.
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 2016-17 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 Aug. 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, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran or goaltender 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 Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.
South Carolina's 2016-17 season opens in October. Opening Night is October 22 versus the rival Greenville Swamp Rabbits! 2016-17 Season Ticket Packages are on sale now featuring discounted pricing and great benefits! For more information, fans may call the Stingrays' offices at 843.744.2248 or visit StingraysHockey.com.
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