Qualifying Offers and Other News

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On June 25, the Los Angeles Kings made qualifying offers to the following restricted free agents:

Erik Ersberg, goaltender
Gabe Gauthier, forward
Peter Harrold, defenseman
Matt Moulson, forward
Patrick O’Sullivan, forward
Joe Piskula, defenseman
Brad Richardson, forward

Players not receiving qualifying offers were forwards Petr Kanko and Dany Roussin

Restricted free agents had to receive a qualifying offer today, or they would become unrestricted free agents, able to sign with any team without compensation to the Kings.

In other news, on June 24, the Kings announced that they have added an additional game to their 2008-09 pre-season schedule against the San Jose Sharks that will be played at the E-Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sunday, October 5, 2008.

From the “in case you missed it” file…

On Friday, the Kings placed goaltender Dan Cloutier on waivers. Twenty-four hours later, when he cleared waivers, the Kings bought out the remainder of Cloutier’s contract, which will have a $1.03 million salary cap hit over the next two seasons.

However, there is a glitch in the process in that Cloutier is seeking a third opinion on his medical condition. If the third doctor says that Cloutier is unfit to play, that could nullify the buy out.

Two doctors, Kings physician Dr. Ronald Kvitne, and a doctor Cloutier consulted when he sought a second opinion, have found that he is fit to play.

If the first two doctors’ opinions hold up, the contract buy out will be finalized.

Stay tuned…

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