List of NHL players who have signed offer sheets
In the NHL, players who are restricted free agents can be, after being qualified by their current team, signed by another team to an offer sheet with salary greater than the qualifying offer. Teams have seven days to match the offer, and if the offer is not matched, the team making the offer sheet must give up compensation (see here for details). To be tendered an offer sheet, a player must:
- Have at least one NHL contract expire.
- Have played at least 80 NHL games if a forward or defenseman, or 28 NHL games if a goalie (applies only for players who have 3 years of NHL service).
- Be younger than 27 on July 1 of that year.
- Be without a contract for the upcoming season.
- Be tendered a qualifying offer by the current team by June 25 or the Monday after that year's NHL Entry Draft (whichever is later)
If any of those conditions has not been met, the player becomes an "unrestricted free agent" and cannot receive an offer sheet.
Signed offer sheets
|Player||Date||Offer Amount||Original Team||Offer Team||Result||Notes|
|Gary Nylund||August 1986 ||3 years plus option, ~$620 000 ||Toronto Maple Leafs||Chicago Blackhawks||Accepted||Ken Yaremchuk, Jerome Dupont, 4th round draft in 1987|
|Geoff Courtnall||August 1988 ||unknown||Edmonton Oilers||New York Rangers||Matched||The Washington Capitals matched the New York Rangers's offer after the Oilers traded their right to match to Washington for Greg Adams.|
|Scott Stevens||July 16, 1990 ||4 years, $5.1 million||Washington Capitals||St. Louis Blues||Accepted||Five 1st round draft picks|
|Dave Christian||July 21, 1991 ||3 years, $1.775 million||Boston Bruins||St. Louis Blues||Dropped||-|
|Glen Featherstone||July 25, 1991 ||2 years, ~$500 000||St. Louis Blues||Boston Bruins||Accepted||Dave Christian, a 3rd round pick in 1992, and seventh in 1992 or sixth in 1993 (plus Tomlinson)|
|Dave Thomlinson||July 25, 1991 ||$200 000||St. Louis Blues||Boston Bruins||Accepted||Part of Featherstone accepted compensation.|
|Brendan Shanahan||July 25, 1991 ||3 years, $3.015 million||New Jersey Devils||St. Louis Blues||Accepted||Scott Stevens (The Blues still owed first round picks to the Capitals as per the original Stevens offer sheet in 1990, and the Blues and Devils were unable to agree on proper compensation. The Blues offered G Curtis Joseph, C Rod Brind'Amour and two draft picks, but the Devils declined, asking instead for Stevens. The case was referred to arbitration, and arbitrator Edward Houston awarded Stevens to the Devils.)|
|Michel Goulet||July 1991 ||4 years, $2.9 million (three years plus option year)||Chicago Blackhawks||St. Louis Blues||Matched||-|
|Adam Graves||Sept 3, 1991 ||5 years, $2.44 million||Edmonton Oilers||New York Rangers||Accepted||Troy Mallette|
|Kevin Stevens||Sept 25, 1991 ||5 years, $5.375 million||Pittsburgh Penguins||Boston Bruins||Matched||-|
|Dave Manson||June 26, 1992 ||3 years, $3.4 million, third year optional at $1.2 million||Edmonton Oilers||Washington Capitals||Matched||-|
|Teemu Selanne||1992 ||$2.7 million||Winnipeg Jets||Calgary Flames||Matched||-|
|Craig Simpson||July 16, 1993 ||3 years, $3.09 million||Edmonton Oilers||San Jose Sharks||Invalidated||The San Jose Sharks had structured Simpson's offer sheet so that most of the money was a signing bonus; Simpson's first year salary would have been less than $200,000 as a result. Earlier in the offseason, Simpson had rejected an offer from Edmonton of $690,000 because it was below the 15 percent raise required to keep him restricted. After the Sharks deal was rejected, Simpson then sought to sign an offer sheet from the Buffalo Sabres, but Edmonton would trade him there before he could do so.|
|Kelly Miller||July 18, 1993 ||2 years, $2.65 million||Washington Capitals||San Jose Sharks||Matched||-|
|Marty McSorley||August, 1993 ||5 years, $10 million||Los Angeles Kings||St. Louis Blues||Matched||-|
|Petr Nedved||March 4, 1994||3 years, $12 million||Vancouver Canucks||St. Louis Blues||Accepted||Craig Janney + 2nd round draft pick|
|Scott Stevens||July 4, 1994||4 years, $17 million||New Jersey Devils||St. Louis Blues||Matched||$1.425 million + 1st round draft pick
Stevens' second career offer sheet.
|Mike Craig||July 29, 1994 ||4 years, $2.4 million||Dallas Stars||Toronto Maple Leafs||Accepted||Peter Zezel and Grant Marshall|
|Steven Rice||August 30, 1994 ||$1.7 million||Edmonton Oilers||Hartford Whalers||Accepted||Bryan Marchment; the Whalers originally offered the Oilers forward Robert Kron as compensation, but an arbitrator ruled in favour of the Oilers, who argued that Marchment represented fairer compensation for the loss of Rice.|
|Shayne Corson||July 28, 1995 ||5 year, $6.975 million||Edmonton Oilers||St. Louis Blues||Accepted||First round picks in 1996 and 1997
Traded back to St. Louis for Curtis Joseph and Mike Grier
|Stu Grimson||August 17, 1995 ||5 year, $2.5 million||Detroit Red Wings||New York Rangers||Matched||-|
|Keith Tkachuk||1995 ||5 years, $17.2 million||Winnipeg Jets||Chicago Blackhawks||Matched||-|
|Ron Tugnutt||July 10, 1996 ||< $400 000/year||Washington Capitals||Ottawa Senators||Accepted||No compensation due to contract value|
|Joe Sakic||1997 ||3 years, $21 million||Colorado Avalanche||New York Rangers||Matched||-|
|Chris Gratton||1997 ||5 years, $16.5 million||Tampa Bay Lightning||Philadelphia Flyers||Accepted||Four 1st round picks
Traded back to the Flyers for Mikael Renberg and Karl Dykhuis with Flyers picking up part of Renberg's salary. 
|Mattias Ohlund||1997 ||5 years, $10 million & $7.5 million signing bonus||Vancouver Canucks||Toronto Maple Leafs||Matched||-|
|Sergei Fedorov||Feb 1998 ||6 year, $38 million||Detroit Red Wings||Carolina Hurricanes||Matched||Carolina's offer included a bit of a jab at Red Wings' GM Ken Holland from Peter Karmanos Jr. The team that signed Fedorov would have to pay him $12 million if the team reached the conference final. Detroit was the reigning champion and Carolina was a last place team in their division. Since Carolina had little chance to make the third round, they hoped Detroit would refuse to match the offer. Detroit did match and Fedorov made $28 million for the remainder of that season, in which Detroit repeated as champions.|
|Ryan Kesler||Sept 12, 2006 ||1 year, $1.9 million||Vancouver Canucks||Philadelphia Flyers||Matched||-|
|Thomas Vanek||July 6, 2007 ||7 years, $50 million||Buffalo Sabres||Edmonton Oilers||Matched||-|
|Dustin Penner||July 26, 2007||5 years, $21.5 million||Anaheim Ducks||Edmonton Oilers||Accepted||1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks in 2008|
|David Backes||July 1, 2008||3 years, $7.5 million||St. Louis Blues||Vancouver Canucks||Matched||-|
|Steve Bernier||July 8, 2008||1 year, $2.5 million||Vancouver Canucks||St. Louis Blues||Matched||-|
|Niklas Hjalmarsson||July 9, 2010||4 years, $14 million||Chicago Blackhawks||San Jose Sharks||Matched||-|
|Shea Weber||July 18, 2012||14 years, $110 million||Nashville Predators||Philadelphia Flyers||Matched||-|
|Ryan O'Reilly||February 28, 2013||2 years, $10 million||Colorado Avalanche||Calgary Flames||Matched||-|
In August 1994, the Hartford Whalers reportedly wished to sign Glen Wesley to an offer sheet, however they already had an outstanding offer for Steven Rice at the time. Instead, Wesley was signed by the Boston Bruins and immediately traded for three 1st round draft picks in the 1996, 1997, and 1998 drafts. The contract was reported to be $1.7 million per season for 3 seasons.
- Matsumoto, R., "Leafs get Yaremchuk, Dupont for Nylund", The Toronto Star, September 8, 1986, pg B2.
- Houston, W., "Hawk dollars lured Nylund across border", The Globe and Mail, August 29, 1986, pg D11.
- Matsumoto, R., "Arbitrator ruling has Eagle screaming", The Toronto Star, August 23, 1988, Sports C.6.
- Brehm, M., "The Vanek Offer in Context" USA Today, July 5, 2007 (sidebar). Accessed August 1, 2007
- Gordon, J., "Blues are plunging into the free-agent pool", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 21, 1991, pg 1F.
- Gordon, J. "Bruins Yield; Christian free to join Blues, Boston gives 2 draft picks for signing Featherstone", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 31, 1991, pg 1D
- Fisher, R., "NHL free agency a risky business", The Gazette, September 8, 1991, pg C1.
- Dupont, K., "Penguins hold onto Stevens; they match offer -- and cost Bruins", The Boston Globe, September 26, 1991, Sports pg 65.
- Associated Press, "Capitals Make Offer for Manson", New York Times, June 27, 1992. Accessed August 1, 2007.
- Gordon, J., "NHL Rookies Shooting for Big Numbers", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 21, 1992, pg 5D.
- Kettman, S., "NHL Commissioner Kills Sharks' Simpson Deal", San Francisco Chronicle, July 27, 1993, pg B2.
- 1985 NHL Entry Draft -- Craig Simpson
- Sell, D., "No way, San Jose: Capitals will keep Miller", The Washington Post, July 28, 1993, pg F.01.
- Wigge, L., "Without McSorley, Penguins would be ailing", The Sporting News, November 8, 1993. Accessed August 1, 2007.
- Cox, D., "Leafs sign Craig but must give up compensation", The Toronto Star, July 30, 1994, pg E.4.
- Gordon, J., "Big Deal(s): NHL sizes up Vancouver's success", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 24, 1994, pg 3D.
- Cox, D., "Whealing, dealing Blues get Corson, give up Joseph", The Toronto Star, August 5, 1995, pg E1.
- Diamos, J., "Hockey", The New York Times, August 25, 1995, Section B, pg 9.
- Casey, T., "Free agent Tugnutt signs Senators contract-offer", The Ottawa Citizen, July 11, 1996, C5.
- Kaufman, I., "Bolts salvage deal for Gratton; Lightning acquire Renberg, Dykhuis", The Tampa Tribune, August 21, 1997, Sports p1.
- Van Dienst, D., "Penner by the pound?", Edmonton Sun, July 27, 2007.
- Allen, K., "Sabres keep Vanek by matching Oilers' $50M offer", USA Today, July 5, 2007. Accessed August 1, 2007
- BLUELINER WEBER SIGNS 14-YEAR, $110M OFFER SHEET WITH FLYERS July 19, 2012. Accessed July 19, 2012
- AP (2012-07-24). "Predators match Flyers' 14-year, $110M offer sheet for Weber". TSN. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
- Calgary Flames sign Ryan O'Reilly to offer sheet, source says - ESPN February 28, 2013. Accessed February 28, 2013
- Conroy, S., "B's deal Wesley, Whalers surrender 3 first-round picks", Boston Herald, August 27, 1994, pp 044.
- Dupont, K., "Wesley Now A Whaler Bruins Land Three Picks In The Trade", Boston Globe, August 27, 1994, pg 33.