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Monday, July 03, 2017 5:30 pm

Komets don't give Schaafsma, Nagle qualifying offers

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The Komets left a couple of big names off their list of players with qualifying offers -- including captain Jamie Schaafsma and goaltender Pat Nagle -- but that doesn't mean they can't re-sign with the team.

Actually, Schaafsma's return as a player/assistant coach has been considered a formality for the Komets, whose lot of players to receive qualifying offers included: goalie Garrett Bartus, defenseman Cody Sol and Bobby Shea and forwards Mike Cazzola, Kyle Thomas, Shawn Szydlowski and Trevor Cheek.

It's important not to read too much into the list -- the Komets didn't even use their maximum of eight qualifying offers -- though players left off the list can now sign with other teams.

Among the players unprotected were defensemen Will Weber and Dan Milan, and forwards Travis Ewanyk, Brett Perlini and Taylor Crunk.

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.

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 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. Veteran players become restricted free agents at that point; the team with their rights will have seven days to match any offers and that lasts until Aug. 31, at which point they are unrestricted free agents.

The Komets plan to announce more player signings and the hiring of a full-time assistant coach in the coming days.

jcohn@jg.net