NHLPA Files Grievance Against Nashville Predators
Earlier today the media had leaked that there may have been some problems with the Qualifying offers Poile had sent out to his RFAs. There was no word as to what the actually problem was, but when asked about it the Predators were not even aware that there was a problem. The Predators are in the middle of their annual development camp for prospects, and did not seem worried about the situation.
The NHL then issued a statement saying:
"We are not aware of any defects relating to Qualifying Offers tendered by the Nashville Predators to certain of the team's players as several media outlets are reporting. Those players, having timely received Qualifying Offers, will be Restricted Free Agents as of July 1, and both the players and the team will be accorded the various rights and benefits of Restricted Free Agency as are set forth in CBA."
Later in the day the NHLPA filed for grievance against the Predators organization, and a arbitration hearing will be held sometime to determine the fates of those involved. The RFA's in question are: O'Reilly, Spaling, Halischuck and Kostitsyn.
Should the ruling go in favor of the team they will remain RFAs, but if not all will become UFAs and any team can offer them.
While none of the players are completely irreplaceable, they are solid prospects and should not be let go. While we do not know if anything actually was wrong with the offers, if Poile signs them before Friday than obviously something wrong did happen.
The only good news is that because the team filed for Arbitration with Weber, he is not affected by this or else it could have been disastrous for the organization.
Hopefully this is all resolved soon, and the players remain RFAs.
Greg Duley (@G_Duley)