Flyers Submit Qualifying Offer For Jakub Voracek And Others
On Monday afternoon, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren met with the assembled media to discuss the team’s plans for the draft coming up on Friday and free agency, which will begin on July 1.
After a report surfaced from TSN insider Darren Dreger earlier on Monday that pending unrestricted free agent Jaromir Jagr was going to test the open market come July 1, Holmgren addressed the topic by saying that he hadn’t spoken to Jagr’s agent, former-Flyer Petr Svoboda since early May but that the two sides planned to meet again prior to July 1.
Svoboda told me he will meet with Holmgren at draft on Jagr
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) June 18, 2012
In addition, Holmgren also announced that the organization had extended a qualifying offer to another of Svoboda’s clients, pending restricted free agent Jakub Voracek.
@mattbrigidi Qualifying offer went out, so they retain his rights, but Homer hasn't talked to Svoboda about him yet.
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) June 18, 2012
This means that come July 1, Voracek will remain a restricted free agent.
Thats not the same thing as coming to terms with Voracek on a new contract, but it does mean that he can’t come to terms with another team unless the Flyers are compensated per the collective bargaining agreement.
Even then, the potential other team would have to offer sheet Voracek, which the Flyers could match or decline. If they match the offer sheet, they pay Voracek what the potential other team offered. If they decline, the new team must compensate the Flyers.
In addition to Voracek, the team also extended a qualifying offer to Marc-Andre Bourdon and “six or seven” pending-RFAs in the organization.
Holmgren didn’t specify who they were though.
Here is a list of all the restricted free agents in the Flyers system whose contracts expired after this season (via CapGeek.com):
Including Voracek and Bourdon, the list of RFAs is seven players long.
Again, there is no confirmation as to who has been extended a qualifying offer other than Voracek and Bourdon, but if Holmgren's "six or seven players" statement is literal it would mean all of these players have been extended qualifying offers.
UPDATE (3:25 p.m., EST): Randy Miller has confirmed that all of the RFAs listed above have been extended qualifying offers from the Flyers.
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