Stingrays announce Season Ending Roster

The South Carolina Stingrays announced today the team’s Season-Ending Roster.

Again, don’t get too caught up in all of this. Some of these guys could end up in the AHL or in Europe. Ryan Zapolski is headed to Europe next year, but the Stingrays want him on their roster so no one else can get him if things don’t work out.

I’m more interested in what happens with the Stingrays affiliation or affiliations as the case may be. I’ve talked with HC Spencer Carbery a couple of times over  the last two weeks and it sure sounds like he’s working on getting a second affiliation.

Didn’t get a commitment either way about a new assistant coach. Not sure if Spencer will have one next season.

The team’s season-ending roster of players include: goaltender Ryan Zapolski, defensemen Ryan Grimshaw, Scooter Vaughan, Luka Vidmar, Damon Kipp, Cameron Brodie, Ryan Lowery and Kevin Quick and forwards Brett Olson, Alex MacLeod, Andrew Cherniwchan, Eric Alexander, Robby Dee, Patrick Gaul, Jay Silvia, Peter Boyd, Chris Langkow, Tyler McNeely, Hunter Bishop and Justin Maylan.

Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2012-13.

Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than July 1. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2013-14 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player will retain the rights to that veteran until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.


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