Corey Elkins question (answered)

Yesterday, the agent for Kings prospect Corey Elkins tweeted that his client had signed a one-year contract with the Ducks. As far as I know, this has not been officially announced yet. Here’s my question: unless I missed something, the last any of us heard about Elkins, he was still Kings’ property. They made a qualifying offer to him in June 2011, which meant — as I understand the rules — that, when Elkins signed to play last season in the Czech League, the Kings retained his rights as an unsigned RFA.

Wouldn’t the Ducks at least have to throw the Kings some kind of bone here? A seventh round pick in 2099 or something?

Never mind. I figured it out: even though he was an RFA when he bolted for Europe last year, he turned 27 in 2012, making him a UFA.


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