Thornton, Elias get qualifying offers
7/31/2005 7:06:45 PM
Star forwards Joe Thornton, Sergei Samsonov, Patrik Elias and Jason
Arnott were among restricted NHL free agents tendered qualifying
offers on Sunday, while Miroslav Satan was not made an offer.
NHL teams have until noon EDT Monday to tender offers to players who
had 2004-05 contracts, and are under age 31, in order to retain
rights to match offers made by other teams. It also allows teams
compensation in draft picks should their restricted free agents sign
Those who aren't qualified become unrestricted free agents, with the
signing period beginning Monday once the noon deadline passes. The
deadline was extended from an earlier set time of 5 p.m. Sunday.
In addition to Thornton and Samsonov, the Bruins tendered qualifying
offers to P. J. Axelsson, Brad Boyes, Nick Boynton, Kevin Dallman,
Hal Gill, Jonathan Girard, Andy Hilbert, Ivan Huml, Colton Orr,
Martin Samuelsson and Sergei Zinovjev.
Andrew Raycroft and Zdenek Kutlak were already restricted free agents
who were tendered offers after the 2003-04 season.
Not given offers by the Bruins were Peter Hamerlik, Robert Liscak, P.
J. Stock and Kris Vernarsky.
In addition to Elias, the Devils extended qualifying offers to
forwards Jeff Friesen, Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez, Jamie
Langenbrunner, Viktor Kozlov, and defencemen Paul Martin, David Hale,
Colin White, and Sean Brown.
Centre Jan Hrdina was the only eligible player not to receive a
qualifying offer from the Devils, allowing him to pursue the
unrestricted free agent market on Monday.
Joining Arnott in receiving qualifying offers from the Stars were
forwards Niko Kapanen, Brenden Morrow, Steve Ott, Junior Lessard and
Antti Miettinen; defencemen John Erskine and Dan Jancevski; and
goalies Dan Ellis and Mike Smith.
In Buffalo, the Sabres declined to qualify Satan's $4-million US
contract for next season. Satan led the Sabres in scoring six times
and was a three-time 30-goal scorer with the club.
Offers were given to restricted free agents Maxim Afinogenov, Martin
Biron, Daniel Briere, Brian Campbell, Tim Connelly, J.P. Dumont, Mike
Grier, Jochen Hecht, Jeff Jillson, Ales Kotalik, Jay McKee, Taylor
Pyatt and Henrik Tallinder.
Meanwhile, the Nashville Predators announced they've come to terms on
new contracts with defenceman Jamie Allison and goalie Brian Finley.
Sabres let Satan become free agent
7/31/2005 6:59:09 PM
(AP) - Miroslav Satan became an unrestricted free agent Sunday after
the Buffalo Sabres declined to make a qualifying offer to the team's
six-time scoring leader.
By not qualifying Satan's $4-million US contract for next season,
general manager Darcy Regier said the Sabres can now use that money
to address other needs, particularly on defence.
Regier also noted that the team has depth at forward, including some
up-and-coming prospects that could be ready to play in the NHL this
season. That made it easier to part ways with Satan.
The NHL's free agency period opens Monday.
Questions surround NHL free agency
The Sabres also declined to make a qualifying offer to tough-guy
forward Eric Boulton, a four-year veteran.
Satan, who represents himself in negotiations, was not available for
The nine-year NHL veteran was acquired by the Sabres from Edmonton
late in the 1996-97 season.
In 2003-04, Satan led Buffalo with 29 goals and finished second with
57 points - the only season he didn't lead the Sabres in that
A three-time 30-goal scorer, Satan had 224 goals and 232 assists for
456 points during his tenure in Buffalo. His ranks seventh on the
team's career goals list and 10th in points.