Other than the incomparable Rob Bordson (who?), the Kings have issued qualifying offers to all of their restricted free agents. As you may know, a qualifying offer is sufficient to ensure that they won’t become unrestricted free agents as of July 1st, though in most cases they are going to be rejected.
RFA’s offered a contract include Jeff Zatkoff, Brad Richardson, Patrick Mullen, Oscar Moller, David Meckler, Alec Martinez, Trevor Lewis, Bud Holloway, Johan Fransson, Corey Elkins, Drew Doughty, Rich Clune, Marc-Andre Cliche, and Andrew Campbell.
Though I would be amused if Doughty accepted his qualifying offer, it’s obviously not going to happen. This is just a strategy to ensure that the Kings will retain their rights, and if another team would like to sign them, the Kings will have the opportunity to either match the contract or accept suitable compensation. With the exception of Drew Doughty, I don’t know that any of the players are talented enough to even make rival GM’s to consider an offer sheet, and with any luck Doughty will be under contract before the July 1st deadline (still crossing my fingers!).
Tags: Alec Martinez Andrew Campbell Brad Richardson Bud Holloway Corey Elkins David Meckler Drew Doughty Free Agency Jeff Zatkoff Johan Fransson Los Angeles Kings Marc-Andre Cliche Oscar Moller Patrick Mullen Rich Clune Trevor Lewis