The Tampa Tribune is reporting that Tampa Bay Lighting GM Steve Yzerman isn’t likely to attempt to use an offer sheet to lure another team’s restricted free agent.
“The only way a team doesn’t match the offer is if you grossly overpay the player,” Yzerman said. “That’s why I don’t like it. If you do a contract for the right value of a player, chances are the other team is just going to match it.” Teams have the option of either matching the offer sheet and keeping their restricted free agent or allowing him to sign with the other team. In addition to likely overpaying for the restricted free agent, the team signing him will also have to compensate the original rights holder with draft picks. The value and quantity of picks is determined by the cap hit of the restricted free agent’s new contract. Of course, this system might be changed in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.
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