On June 16th the ECHL announced the Season-Ending Rosters as submitted
by each of its member teams. The Florida Everblades have twenty players listed on their season ending roster list one of is former Vernon Vipers forward Rob Florentino.
Florentino started last year with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Elmira Jackals. The Jackals signed Florentino to a try-out contract on October 15th 2014 before being traded to the Everblades on January 3rd 2015. In 18 games with Elmira Florentino recorded two goals, In 34 games this past season with Florida Florentino had (4-goals-4-assists-8-points).
After three seasons at U-Mass Boston Florentino has spent the past two and a half seasons playing in the ECHL & SPHL with five teams (Las Vegas, Huntsville, Reading, Elmira & Florida).
Florentino attended the 2009 Vernon Vipers Training Camp playing in a few exhibition games before being released. The Vipers with the league limit six twenty year olds at that time were forced to release Florentino who was twenty years old. Florentino later signed with the Victoria Grizzlies where he started the 2009-2010 regular season.
Rob Florentino's Player Profile:
This is posted on the Everblades website:
‘Blades Announce Season-Ending Roster
June 16, 2015
ESTERO, FL – The Florida Everblades announced Tuesday their Season-Ending Roster. The list of 20 players is comprised of two goaltenders, five defensemen, and 13 forwards. This is the second of a three-step process in which ECHL teams use to reserve the rights to ECHL contracted players for the 2015-16 season
Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2014-15.
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 2015-16 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 August 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, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until August 1. After August 1, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran or goaltender 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 August 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.