Before the craziness of the next few days really ramps into high gear, we wanted to get in front of a key deadline coming up Monday. All players who are Restricted Free Agents (RFAs) either need to be tendered qualifying offers by July 26 or they will become Unrestricted Free Agents.
For those unfamiliar with the RFA process – essentially, there are two phases: regular RFAs (players without arbitration rights) and RFAs with arbitration rights (more on that in a minute).
After checking in with a myriad of sources, here’s what we’ve come up with:
PLAYERS NOT RETURNING TO THE KINGS ORGANIZATION
Mark Alt – Signed as a depth player in late 2020, Alt was the former captain of AHL Colorado and provided some experience on Ontario’s blueline this past season. In addition to previously having a few cups of coffee with the Flyers and Avalanche, Alt was able to sneak into a pair of games for the Kings this year. His primary duty came in 29 games for the Reign. While AHL GM Rich Seeley is said to be looking for a new mix of veterans to join Ontario this summer, Alt will be heading to free agency.
Daniel Brickley – Sandwiched between successful college free agent signings in 2017 (Cal Petersen, Alex Iafallo) and 2019 (Blake Lizotte), LA landed Brickley coming out of Minnesota State in 2018. Unfortunately, things never really worked out as well with the 6-foot-3 defenseman. He’s had a series of ups and downs since turning pro, including some personal issues and even being loaned to AHL Manitoba at one point. Things looked to be headed upward earlier this year, yet it’s now best for a change of scenery. He was able to play five NHL games with the Kings, including his debut shortly after signing his Entry Level Contract.