READING, PA – Hours after the deadline to get protected lists into the ECHL offices passed, the Reading Royals have released their list, which protects eight players.
The ECHL will release protected lists for all 25 active teams, Monday at 2 pm Eastern time.
The players who have been given qualifying offers include forwards Adam Brace, Justin Crandall, Robbie Czarnik, Mike Pereria, Sebastian Sylvestre and Ian Watters. Two defensemen were given qualifying offers, they include: Florian Iberer and Todd Perry.
Players who had already signed a contract by June 30 did not need to receive a qualifying offer. Each team was entitled to reserve the rights to a maximum of eight qualified players. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four could be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the upcoming 2017-18 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.
The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.
After Aug. 1, if the veteran player is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams.
For the latest list of player signings across the ECHL, visit our 2017 ECHL Transactions page!