Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Stingrays Give Viper Alumni Weinstein Qualifying Offer:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) tendered qualifying offers as submitted by each of its member teams. The ECHL South Carolina Stingrays have eight players that been tendered qualifying offers, one is former Vernon Vipers defenceman Steve Weinstein.

Weinstein finished his first full professional season last year, started the 2015-16 season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Cincinnati Cyclones after signing with the Cyclones July 15, 2015. Weinstein signed with the American Hockey League (AHL) Lake Erie Monsters December 27th 2015. After playing in four games with the Monsters Weinstein picked up one assist before returning to Cincinnati. In 52 games last season with the Cyclones Weinstein collected (3-goals-19-assists-22-points). The Cyclones traded Weinstein to South Carolina June 3rd 2016. 

Weinstein finished his fourth and final year with Bentley University in 2014-15 before signing an amateur try-out contract with the American Hockey League (AHL) Springfield Falcons on March 23rd 2015. Weinstein had just one assist in three games with the Falcons.

Weinstein played three seasons in Vernon (2008-2011) in 153 regular season games with the Vipers collected (10-goals-49-assists-59-points).

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This is posted on the Stingrays website:

Stingrays Extend Qualifying Offers

Jul 1, 2016

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC-The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, announced today the club has extended qualifying offers to eight players.

Qualifying Offers were extended to the following players:

Forwards (4): Brett Cameron, Derek DeBlois, Joe Devin, Stephan Vigier
Forward/Defense (1): Marcus Perrier
Defensemen (3): Wade Epp, Colton Saucerman, Steve Weinstein

Players who had already signed a contract by June 30 did not need to receive a qualifying offer.

Each team was entitled to reserve the rights to a maximum of eight qualified players. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four could be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the upcoming 2016-17 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.

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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