Thursday, September 3, 2015

Viper Alumni Gill Eligible To Receive Qualifying Offer By Nailers:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Sahir Gill is one of eight players for the East Coast Hockey League's (ECHL) Wheeling Nailers who are eligible to receive a qualifying offer for the summer of 2015. 

Gill played with three teams last season finished last year with the American Hockey League (AHL) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins after signing a professional tryout agreement (PTO) with the Penguins late in the season.  This was Gill's second stint with the Penguins last year.  In 12 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Gill posted (1-goal-2-assists-3-points).

Gill attended the Montreal Canadians Training camp last season was released before signing with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs on October 10th 2014. Gill was released after going pointless in one game with Hamilton returned to the Wheeling Nailers where he played the previous season before signing a professional tryout agreement (PTO) with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Gill played in 12 games with the Penguins collecting (1-goal-2-assists-3-points) before being released January 16, 2015. Gill signed a professional tryout agreement (PTO) on January 17th 2015 with the Hamilton Bulldogs playing in 24 games collecting (2-goals-2-assists-4-points) was released on March 25th 2015 before returning to Wheeling and then finishing the season in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Gill played his first pro season (2013-14) with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. Gill finished sixth in rookie scoring and lead the team in scoring collecting (13-goals-41-assists-54-points). Gill was suppose to enter his fourth and final season at Boston University (2013-14) but left school signing with the Nailers early in the season. Gill played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2008-2010). Gill left the Vipers in July of 2009 for the United States Hockey League (USHL) Chicago Steel but after just 26 games would return to Vernon in mid January of 2010. In 71 regular season games with the Vipers Gill recorded (21-goals-30-assists-42-points).

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This is posted on the Nailers website:

Nailers Announce 2015 Qualifying Offers

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced their list of players who received qualifying offers for the summer of 2015. Eight players were tended qualifying offers for Wheeling.

Each team is entitled to reserve the rights to a maximum of eight qualified players. 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 upcoming 2015-16 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until August 1st, 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 August 1st. After August 1st, 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 August 31st, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

The eight qualified players for the Wheeling Nailers are:

F Riley Brace
D Paul Cianfrini
F Tyler Fernandez
F Sahir Gill
F Max MacKay
F Patrick McGrath
D Mike Slowikowski
F Zack Torquato

The Nailers will be announcing their first player signing of the summer within the coming days.

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