When do qualifying offers expire?
Hi James -
I didn't know the answer to this question, and you are probably the one who knew the answer.
When does a Restricted Free Agent need to sign his offer before it expires? For instance, in the case of Keith Ballard, he was offered a contract on July 1st. I assume that there might be a specific deadline whereby he needs to accept the deal?
Part of me thinks he has until the beginning of training camp, but there is another part of me that says he doesn't have that long.
Of course, the answer could be "it depends on the club and the player", but I was just curious and I figured you would know.
Why did the deadline pass without a deal? Well, Ballard's qualifying offer was for $950,000, and given he was one of the mainstays on the Coyotes' blueline, he and his agent feel he's worth more than what was pretty close to what his entry-level deal paid.
Expect Ballard's side to use Kevin Bieksa's recent three-year, $11.25-million deal as a comparable, given they are the same age and experience level.