June 1: ECHL Protected list
There are three lists during the offseason to serve as a winnowing down process. On June 1, teams submit their Protected Lists, which is any player they own ECHL rights to. On June 15, the Season Ending Roster is due which can contain no more than 20 players. Teams can start signing players for the following season on June 16. By June 30, teams must submit their list of right Qualifying Offers. Any player signed between June 16 and July 1 does not need to be qualified.
June 13: Future considerations deadline
June 15: 20-man season-ending rosters due
June 16: First day to sign players for 17-18 season
June 30: Qualifying offers due
(Of the eight players to receive Qualifying Offers, no more than four can be veterans entering the 2013-14 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.
For Players with 99 or fewer professional games, the Qualifying Offer must be for no less than the Player’s average weekly salary from the previous season.
For Players with 100 or more professional games, the Qualifying Offer must be for no less than the Player’s average weekly salary from the previous season, plus five percent.
Players who receive qualifying offers also cannot be traded.