RFA's Sitting Out
What happens if an RFA sits out a season? Does the "years to UFA status" number toll? Is the player still an RFA the following offseason?
AnswerNov 3, 2023
If an RFA does not sign for a season, they do not accumulate a season towards UFA eligibility. A player needs 7 seasons or be age 27 to be UFA eligible, and so that missed season would not count towards the 7 required season. Since the player is an RFA, that means the team issued him a qualifying offer, and they would therefore keep his RFA rights for the next off-season. The only exceptions would be if based on his age and career experience, he's reached UFA eligibility (Group 3 or Group 6).
Information on UFA eligibility: https://puckpedia.com/salary-cap/unrestricted-free-agents-ufa
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