The Sharks and GM Doug Wilson have announced that they are giving qualifying offers to forwards Tomas Hertl, Matt Nieto and Ryan Carpenter along with defenseman Dylan DeMelo.
Qualifying offers are explained here:
The current team must extend a "qualifying offer" to a restricted free agent to retain negotiating rights to that player.
Players who earned less than $660,000 in the previous season must be offered 110 percent of last season's salary. Players making up to $1 million must be offered 105 percent. Players making over $1 million must be offered 100 percent.
If the qualifying offer is not made, the player becomes an unrestricted free agent.
If the player rejects a qualifying offer, he remains a restricted free agent.
The minimum NHL salary that could be offered for each of the players is as follows:
Tomas Hertl — $971,250
Matt Nieto — $832,125
Dylan DeMelo — $687,500
Ryan Carpenter — $971,250
The Sharks will be able to retain the rights to these players because qualifying offers were issued. So far no contract extensions have been signed for any of them.
Five restricted free agents, Chris Cane, Petter Emanuelsson, Jeremy Langlois, Jeremy Morin, and Joel Rumpel, were not given qualifying offers and as a result will become unrestricted free agents.
Teams will be allowed to sign free agents beginning on July 1st at 9 AM pacific time.