Marc-Andre Bourdon and Jakub Voracek (pictured above) are just two of the seven restricted free agents on the Flyers roster this offseason. | (December 12, 2011 – Source: Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America)
By: Tyler J. Altemose (@TJamesAltemose)
I thought it may be handy if I quickly and simply explained how things work regarding restricted free agents. I’ll explain who they are and how the process works of either retaining or forfeiting their rights.
The two areas focused on are age and professional experience, the latter being based on the number of games played (and also on age). It’s not easily to understand at first, so take a look at the chart below and I’ll explain.
Group 2 players (as they are known) are players with RFA expiry statuses. The way this is calculated is first by looking at a player’s age. “Age” for the purposes of the CBA is calculated by determining the player’s age on September 15 of the year in which their first contract is signed. Therefore, a play...