Monday, July 03, 2017 8:50 pm
UPDATE: Komets don't give Schaafsma, Nagle qualifying offers
JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette
The Komets left some big names off their list of players with qualifying offers – including captain Jamie Schaafsma and goaltender Pat Nagle – but that doesn't necessarily mean their time with the team is over.
General manager David Franke said Monday night it's likely Schaafsma returns. As for Nagle, Franke said: "He's now an unrestricted free agent and I doubt we'll go that way again, but you never know."
The Komets plan to announce a few player signings this week, probably including Schaafsma as a player/assistant coach, though the Komets are going to sign a full-time assistant for coach Gary Graham.
"It looks like (Schaafsma) will be back but we will have two or three player signings to announce later in the week," Franke said.
The Komets extended qualifying offers to goalie Garrett Bartus, defensemen Cody Sol and Bobby Shea and forwards Mike Cazzola, Kyle Thomas, Shawn Szydlowski and Trevor Cheek.
The Komets didn't use their maximum of eight qualifying offers and players left off the list, including defensemen Will Weber and Dan Milan, and forwards Travis Ewanyk, Brett Perlini and Taylor Crunk, can now sign with other teams.
Because the Komets had seven skaters on last season's roster that would now be veterans, and can only have four on the roster, a lot of changes were inevitable, especially after the Komets failed to get past Toledo in the second round of the playoffs.
The Komets have already re-signed defensemen Jason Binkley and Ryan Lowney, plus forwards Mason Baptista, Gabriel Desjardins and Garrett Thompson. They also added forward Dennis Kravchenko, formerly of Adirondack.
Cazzola, last season's MVP, will play this season in the United Kingdom, but the Komets wanted to retain his rights.
Qualifying offers remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1, at which time they become null and void and the team may sign the qualified player or elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to him for one season. Veteran players become restricted free agents at that point; the team with their rights will have seven days to match an offer and that lasts until Aug. 31, at which point they are unrestricted free agents.
Nagle, who has played three seasons with the Komets, was 15-3-2 with a 2.23 goals-against average and .916 save percentage last season, though he missed two months with a high ankle sprain and then shared time with Bartus. He was the Komets' No. 1 goalie in the postseason.