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Posted : : 06/10/2005
Linglet, Filion, Gomez only omissions from 2004-05 West Champions
Alaska Aces Press Release

Anchorage, AK - The Alaska Aces have announced the 18 names left on their 2004-05 season-ending roster.

Goaltenders Peter Aubry and Matt Underhill headline the list, followed by five players who will be classified as "veterans" by the ECHL next season; forwards B.J. Young and Kimbi Daniels and defensemen Ryan Gaucher, Ryan Bast, and captain Keith McCambridge. ECHL goal-scoring champion Chris Minard joined fellow forwards Mike Scott, Joe Talbot, Mike Lee, Chris Heisten, Vladimir Novak, and John Ronan on the list, while defensemen Mike Jones, Louis Mass, Ryan Moren, and Mike Clarke rounded out the season-ending roster.

ECHL scoring champion Scott Gomez was left off the roster, while forwards Charles Linglet (Las Vegas) and Olivier Filion (Mississippi) were traded to complete future considerations from deals made late in the 2004-05 regular season.

Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from its season-ending roster by extending a qualifying offer not later than July 1, 2005. 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 2005-06 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until August 1, 2005, 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 1. After August 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 August 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

The Alaska Aces recently completed their best season in 10 years as a professional team, finishing with a club-record 98 points during the regular season and winning two playoff series for the first time ever. For 2005-06 season ticket or sponsorship information, please call 258-ACES.
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