Business of Hockey

Ranger RFA qualifying offers

The Rangers have a whopping five guys headed to restricted free agency, and qualifying offers are going to be handed out relatively soon. A QO is a one-year deal, and does not need to be offered or accepted. Automatic raises are given to players making less than $1 million. Players making less than $660,000 get an automatic 10% raise in their offer, and players making between $660,000 and $1 million get a 5% raise.

It’s safe to assume that all at the NHL level except Falk will receive qualifying offers. At the AHL level, I’d expect Kristo and possibly Bourque to get QOs. Stajcer, Wilson, and Missiaen will likely be let go. Beach is a wild card, I don’t think he gets one, but it wouldn’t shock me.

Just a reminder: Just because a player doesn’t receive a qualifying offer doesn’t mean the Rangers are parting ways. It just means the NHL portion of the salary is too high.

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  • I’m way too lazy to figure out if it’s even required (I assume it is), but what about the Wolfpack RFAs?

    Mainly concerned about Kristo, Bourque and Beach, but there’s 7 in total.

    • They also must get qualifying offers. Kristo and Bourque will get them. They might qualify Stajcer since injuries have set him back and they are so thin in goal. I doubt they will qualify Beach; he was a huge disappointment at Hartford.

    • Not all guys will get QOs because the dollar amount may be too high.

      Kristo – $826,875
      Beach – $605,000
      Bourque – $687,500
      Jean – $687,500
      Stajcer – $660,000
      Wilson – $605,000
      Missiaen – $715,000

  • The question about Falk is whether or not his rights have trade value. If Sather thinks yes, he qualifies; if no, he doesn’t. (The same rule applies to Beach also I think.)

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