TULSA, OK — As part of the offseason dance, the Tulsa Oilers and Head Coach Rob Murray joined several other ECHL teams in revealing their list of qualifying offers on Monday afternoon.
The list consists of eight forwards and a defenseman. They are:
• Charles-David Beaudoin, 23, Defenseman
• Dan DeSalvo, 25, Forward
• Kale Kessy, 24, Forward
• Garrett Ladd, 27, Forward
• Christophe Lalancette, 23, Forward
• Darcy Murphy, 24, Forward
• Alexandre Ranger, 21, Forward
• Patrick Watling, 23, Forward
According to ECHL criteria, 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.
In addition to the offers extended on Monday afternoon, the Oilers revealed that the player signing announcement scheduled for Wednesday is one of five players signed since the season ended.
Three of the eight players extended offers on Monday were players that were called up to the Oilers former AHL affiliate in Manitoba; Dan DeSalvo, Kale Kessy, and Darcy Murphy.
DeSalvo started the season in Tulsa but played the final two-thirds of the 2016-17 campaign in Manitoba. As an Oiler, DeSalvo contributed 6 goals and 7 assists in 12 games. After the call-up, he scored 18 goals and added 22 assists for the Moose.
Kessy played 16 games for Manitoba and his lone point with the Moose was an assist. In Tulsa, he played 32 games, notching 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points.
Murphy was an early call up to Manitoba in 2016-17, and in eight games with the Moose, he scored a goal and an assist. He scored 18 goals and 14 assists as an Oiler.
Other high performers for Tulsa on the qualifying list include Christophe Lalancette and Garrett Ladd.
Lalancette played his entire professional career to date in Tulsa, last season compiling an 11 goal, 21 assist performance. Ladd scored 17 goals and assists in 2016-17.
It will be interesting to see who among the eight players accepts the offers the Oilers made on Monday, if any do.
Up next for the team is the player signing due to be announced on Wednesday.