The Nashville Predators made qualifying offers to eight players scheduled for restricted free agency, including captain Shea Weber and leading goal scorer Sergei Kostitsyn, on Monday.
In so doing, the Predators guaranteed themselves the opportunity to match any offer the player might receive from another club or receive draft picks as compensation.
Qualifying offers are one-year deals based on a player’s previous salary. The deadline for teams to make such offers is the first Monday after the draft.
According to the league’s collective bargaining agreement, the offer to a player who made $660,000 or less must be 10 percent higher, for a player who made more than $660,000 but less than $1 million it must be 5 percent higher and for a player who made more than $1 million the offer must be equal to the previous year.
Weber’s 2010-11 salary of $4.5 million easily was tops among the group. Kostitsyn, at $550,000, was a relative bargain last season as he scored 23 goals.
Offers also were extended to Matt Halischuk ($612,500), Cal O’Reilly ($575,000) and Nick Spaling ($762,500) as well as minor league players Chris Mueller, Linus Klasen and Andreas Thuresson.
Players may sign the deals as soon as July 1 or negotiate new ones with the team.
Weber, Kostitsyn, O’Reilly, Mueller, Klasen and Thuresson also may opt for arbitration, in which a third party awards a contract at a rate he or she deems appropriate.
Qualifying offers were not made to minor leaguers Dan Gendur and Mark Santorelli, making them unrestricted free agents.