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In the NHL, players who are restricted free agents can be, after being qualified by their current team, signed by another team to an offer sheet with salary greater than the qualifying offer. Teams have seven days to match the offer, and if the offer is not matched, the team making the offer sheet must give up compensation (see here for details). To be tendered an offer sheet, a player must:
- Have at least one NHL contract expire.
- Have played at least 80 NHL games if a forward or defenseman or 28 NHL games if a goalie (applies only for players who have 3 years of NHL service).
- Be younger than 27 on July 1 of that year.
- Be without a contract for the upcoming season.
- Be tendered a qualifying offer by the current team.
If any of those conditions has not been met, the player becomes an unrestricted free agent' and cannot receive an offer sheet.
Signed offer sheetsEdit
|Player||Date||Offer Amount||Original Team||Offer Team||Result||Compensation|
|Gary Nylund||August 1986 ||3 years plus option, ~$620 000 ||Toronto Maple Leafs||Chicago Blackhawks||Accepted||Ken Yaremchuk, Jarome Dupont, 4th round draft in 1987|
|Geoff Courtnall||August 1988 ||?||Edmonton Oilers||New York Rangers||Matched||The Washington Capitals matched the offer after the Oilers traded their right to match for Greg Adams.|
|Scott Stevens||July 16, 1990 ||4 years, $5.1 million||Washington Capitals||St. Louis Blues||Accepted||Five 1st round draft picks|
|Dave Christian||July 21, 1991 ||3 years, $1.775 million||Boston Bruins||St. Louis Blues||Dropped||-|
|Glen Featherstone||July 25, 1991 ||2 years, ~$500 000||St. Louis Blues||Boston Bruins||Accepted||Dave Christian, a 3rd round pick in 1992, and seventh in 1992 or sixth in 1993 (plus Tomlinson)|
|Dave Thomlinson||July 25, 1991 ||$200 000||St. Louis Blues||Boston Bruins||Accepted||Part of Featherstone accepted compensation.|
|Brendan Shanahan||July 25, 1991 ||?||New Jersey Devils||St. Louis Blues||Accepted||Scott Stevens|
|Michel Goulet||July 1991 ||4 years, $2.9 million (three years plus option year)||Chicago Blackhawks||St. Louis Blues||Matched||-|
|Adam Graves||Sept 3, 1991 ||5 years, $2.44 million||Edmonton Oilers||New York Rangers||Accepted||Troy Mallette|
|Kevin Stevens||Sept 25, 1991 ||5 years, $5.375 million||Pittsburgh Penguins||Boston Bruins||Matched||-|
|Dave Manson||June 26, 1992 ||3 years, $3.4 million, third year optional at $1.2 million||Edmonton Oilers||Washington Capitals||Matched||-|
|Teemu Selanne||1992 ||$2.7 million||Winnipeg Jets||Calgary Flames||Matched||-|
|Craig Simpson||July 16, 1993 ||3 years, $3.09 million||Edmonton Oilers||San Jose Sharks||Invalidated||The San Jose Sharks had structured Simpson's offer sheet so that most of the money was a signing bonus; Simpson's first year salary would have been less than $200,000 as a result. Earlier in the offseason, Simpson had rejected an offer from Edmonton of $690,000 because it was below the 15 percent raise required to keep him restricted. After the Sharks deal was rejected, Simpson then sought to sign an offer sheet from the Buffalo Sabres, but Edmonton would trade him there before he could do so.|
|Kelly Miller||July 18, 1993 ||2 years, $2.65 million||Washington Capitals||San Jose Sharks||Matched||-|
|Marty McSorley||August, 1993 ||5 years, $10 million||Los Angeles Kings||St. Louis Blues||Matched||-|
|Petr Nedved||March 4, 1994||3 years, $12 million||Vancouver Canucks||St. Louis Blues||Accepted||Craig Janney + 2nd round draft pick|
|Scott Stevens||July 4, 1994||4 years, $17 million||New Jersey Devils||St. Louis Blues||Matched||$1.425 million + 1st round draft pick|
|Mike Craig||July 29, 1994 ||4 years, $2.4 million||Dallas Stars||Toronto Maple Leafs||Accepted||Peter Zezel and Grant Marshall|
|Steven Rice||August 30, 1994 ||$1.7 million||Edmonton Oilers||Hartford Whalers||Accepted||Bryan Marchment|
|Shayne Corson||July 28, 1995 ||5 year, $6.975 million||Edmonton Oilers||St. Louis Blues||Accepted||First round picks in 1996 and 1997, later traded back to St. Louis for Curtis Joseph and Mike Grier|
|Stu Grimson||August 17, 1995 ||5 year, $2.5 million||Detroit Red Wings||New York Rangers||Matched||-|
|Keith Tkachuk||1995 ||5 years, $17.2 million||Winnipeg Jets||Chicago Blackhawks||Matched||-|
|Ron Tugnutt||July 10, 1996 ||< $400 000/year||Washington Capitals||Ottawa Senators||Accepted||No compensation due to contract value|
|Joe Sakic||1997 ||3 years, $21 million||Colorado Avalanche||New York Rangers||Matched||-|
|Chris Gratton||1997 ||5 years, $16.5 million||Tampa Bay Lightning||Philadelphia Flyers||Accepted||Four 1st round picks, traded back to the Flyers for Mikael Renberg and Karl Dykhuis with Flyers picking up part of Renberg's salary |
|Mattias Ohlund||1997 ||5 years, $10 million & $7.5 million signing bonus||Vancouver Canucks||Toronto Maple Leafs||Matched||-|
|Sergei Fedorov||Feb 1998 ||6 year, $38 million||Detroit Red Wings||Carolina Hurricanes||Matched||-|
|Ryan Kesler||Sept 12, 2006 ||1 year, $1.9 million||Vancouver Canucks||Philadelphia Flyers||Matched||-|
|Thomas Vanek||July 6, 2007 ||7 years, $50 million||Buffalo Sabres||Edmonton Oilers||Matched||-|
|Dustin Penner||July 26, 2007||5 years, $21.5 million||Anaheim Ducks||Edmonton Oilers||Accepted||1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks in 2008|
|David Backes||July 1, 2008||3 years, $7.5 million||St. Louis Blues||Vancouver Canucks||Matched||-|
|Steve Bernier||July 8, 2008||1 year, $2.5 million||Vancouver Canucks||St. Louis Blues||Matched||-|
|Niklas Hjalmarsson||July 9, 2010||4 years, $14 million||Chicago Blackhawks||San Jose Sharks||Matched||-|
In August 1994, the Hartford Whalers reportedly wished to sign Glen Wesley to an offer sheet, however they already had an outstanding offer for Steven Rice at the time. Instead, Wesley was signed by the Boston Bruins and immediately traded for three 1st round draft picks in the 1996, 1997, and 1998 drafts. The contract was reported to be $1.7 million per season for 3 seasons.
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