Well, RFA season is upon us, with questions about offer sheets, arbitration eligibility, arbitration deadlines, qualifying offers, etc..
ARTICLE 12 – SALARY ARBITRATION
12.1 Eligibility for Player or Club Election of Salary Arbitration
a) A Player is eligible for salary arbitration if the Player meets the qualifications set forth in the following chart and in Section 12.1(b) below:
First SPC Signing Age Minimum Experience Req. 18-20 4 years professional experience 21 3 years professional experience 22-23 2 years professional experience 24 and older 1 year professional experience
A Player aged 18 or 19 earns a year of professional experience by playing ten (10) or more NHL Games in a given season. A Player aged 20 or older (or who turns 20 between September 16 and December 31 of the calendar year in which he signs his first SPC) earns a year of professional experience by playing ten (10) or more Professional Games under an SPC in a given season.
UPDATE (7/10/13): given the fact that the league, the Kings and Trevor Lewis all seem to think Lewis is eligible for arbitration, my new translation of the above CBA passage is as follows:
For the purpose of calculating years of professional experience, a player is considered to be “aged 20″ for the entire season x if his 20th birthday falls within the calendar year in which season x begins. (This distinction is necessary because seasons begin in one calendar year and end in another.) In other words, a player who turns 20 on 12/31/13 is “aged 20″ for the entire 2013-14 season, even though he is not yet 20 when the season starts. However, a player who is one day younger — and turns 20 on 1/1/14 — is “aged 19″ for the entire 2013-14 season, despite the fact that he is 20 for most of the season.
For any season in which a player is defined as not yet “aged 20,” that player earns one season of professional experience by playing in 10 or more NHL games in that single season.
For any season in which a player is defined as “aged 20″ or older, that player earns one season of professional experience by playing in 10 or more games (total for all leagues in that season) in the NHL, AHL, or other professional leagues, in that single season.
(b) Only Players who […] who have not signed an Offer Sheet are eligible either to elect salary arbitration or be subject to a Club-elected salary arbitration.
(c) As used in this Article, “age,” including “First SPC Signing Age,” means a Player’s age on September 15 of the calendar year in which he first signs an SPC regardless of his actual age on the date he signs such SPC.
The problem is that they’ve already qualified this definition by previously referring to a player “20 or older (or who turns 20 between September 16 and December 31 of the calendar year in which he signs his first SPC)” in order to move the goalposts for the aged-19/aged-20 boundary — kind of a lame qualifier, since this is one of the most important distinctions (is the player counted as 19 or 20 this season?) in the entire CBA.
Go with my translation. It’s easier to follow, and has the added benefit of getting you the correct results.[7/11/13 — This table of Kings’ RFAs has not been fixed to conform with what we learned re Trevor Lewis; I will fix it as soon as I can.]
Kings RFA Class of 2013
Player Age Signed 2013 age Experience Eligible By Club
Alec Martinez 21 26 5 (PRO) Yes No
Trevor Lewis 19 26 3 (NHL) No No
Jonathan Bernier 18 25 3 (NHL) No No
Brian O’Neill 24 25 2 (PRO) Yes No
Andrew Bodnarchuk 20 25 5 (PRO) Yes No
Jordan Nolan 21 24 3 (PRO) Yes No
David Kolomatis 21 24 4 (PRO) Yes No
Jake Muzzin 21 24 3 (PRO) Yes No
Stefan Legein 18 24 0 (NHL) No No
Keaton Ellerby 19 24 4 (NHL) Yes No
Brandon Kozun 20 23 3 (PRO) No No
Slava Voynov 18 23 2 (NHL) No No
Martin Jones 18 23 0 (NHL) No No
Kyle Clifford 18 22 3 (NHL) No No
12.2 Notice of Player Election of Salary Arbitration
A Player […] electing salary arbitration must do so by […] 5:00 p.m. […] on July 5 […].
12.3 Eligibility for Club-Elected Salary Arbitration
[…] a Club will have the right to elect to take a Player to salary arbitration under the following conditions:
a) Players [making more] Than $1,750,000 In The Prior League Year
None of the Kings’ RFAs make this much. So none of them are eligible for club-elected arbitration
i. a Club may elect to file for salary arbitration […] in lieu of making a Qualifying Offer […].
ii. […] the Salary Arbitrator may not award the Player […] less than  percent of [the previous year’s salary].
iii. The dollar amount of $1,750,000 [is tied to average club salary and presumably goes up every year].
iv. A Player subject to a Club-elected salary arbitration [per] 12.3(a) […] remain[s] eligible to […] sign an Offer Sheet […] by no later than 5:00 p.m. […] on July 5 […].
b) Club-Elected Salary Arbitration For Players Who Receive Qualifying Offers.
i. If [the player] has not accepted [the] Qualifying Offer, nor filed […] for […] salary arbitration […], the Club may elect to file […].
ii. If a Club elects salary arbitration [per (i)], the Club’s offer […] must be equal to or higher than the Player’s [previous year’s salary].
c) A Player will be subject to only one Club-elected salary arbitration in his career. [A] Player [whose] Club has [previously] elected salary arbitration [re his contract], regardless of whether a hearing took place […], is no longer eligible for Club-elected salary arbitration. […]
d) […] a Club may […] elect salary arbitration […] twice per League Year. […]
12.4 Notice of Club Election
a) A Club electing salary arbitration [per 12.3a above] must do so by […] not later than 5:00 p.m. […] on the later of June 15 or 48 hours after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals […].
The earliest that deadline can be this year is June 21 (2 days after game 4). The latest is June 28 (2 days after game 7).
b) A Club electing salary arbitration [per] Section 12.3(b) above must do so […] [within] 24 hours [of the player’s election of salary arbitration] […].
Next up: OFFER SHEETS.