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Nailers announce players getting qualifying offers

WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers have announced the six players who received qualifying offers.

Players designated by the ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins are defensemen Jeremy Beaudry, Chad Duchesne, Steve Johnson and Kyle McKenzie; and forwards Cam Brown and Josh Holmstrom.

Each team was entitled to reserve the rights to a maximum of eight qualified players. Of those players, no more than four could be veterans (260 regular-season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2020-21 season.) Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until July 16, at which time it becomes null and void and the team can sign the qualified player to any salary or can elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that player for one season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until July 16. After July 16, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the player shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents cannot be traded.

Restricted free agents not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 1 become unrestricted free agents.

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