Thursday, June 28, 2012

UPDATED - BCHL Alumni Set to Hit the NHL Free Agent Market:

Former Nanaimo Clippers defenceman and pending NHL unrestricted free agent Jason Garrison
(Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

With July 1st coming up on Sunday and the doors to NHL Free Agency swinging open, there are a number of former BCHL players who are set to hit the market. 

There are 17 who are eligible for unrestricted free agency and 10 who are restricted free agents. The unrestricted free agents are sort by position alphabetically while the restricted free agents are sorted alphabetically by NHL team with their rights.
There may some I've missed on this list, if you have any corrections, please send them to bmwwiebe@gmail.com.

Unrestricted Free Agents 
F Byron Bitz (Nanaimo) 

F Gilbert Brule (Quesnel) 

F Andrew Ebbett (Salmon Arm) 

F Tanner Glass (Nanaimo/Penticton) 

F Kyle Greentree (Victoria) 

F Tyler McNeely (Surrey/Coquitlam) 

F Brendan Morrison (Penticton) 

F Rod Pelley (Prince George/Vernon) 

F Casey Pierro-Zabotel (Merritt) 

F Raymond Sawada (Nanaimo) 

F Trevor Smith (Quesnel) 

F Matt Watkins (Vernon) 

D Tyler Eckford (Surrey) 

D Jason Garrison (Nanaimo) 

D Greg Zanon (Victoria/Surrey) 


G Mark Dekanich (Coquitlam) 

G Brad Thiessen (Penticton/Prince George/Merritt) SIGNED - 1 year, two way contract worth $525,000 at the NHL level, unknown salary at the AHL level


Restricted Free Agents
Dallas F Jamie Benn (Victoria) 

Dallas D Jordie Benn (Victoria) 

Minnesota D Chay Genoway (Vernon) 

Montreal D Brendon Nash (Salmon Arm)  SIGNED - 1 year, two way contract worth $575,000 at the NHL level, $75,000 at the AHL level

New York Rangers D Lee Baldwin (Burnaby/Victoria) 

Philadelphia F Harry Zolnierczyk (Alberni Valley) 

Pittsburgh G Marc Cheverie (Nanaimo) 

San Jose D Matt Irwin (Nanaimo) SIGNED - 1 year, two way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level, $105,000 at the AHL level
Toronto D Cody Franson (Trail) 

Winnipeg D Brett Festerling (Quesnel) 

Winnipeg F Ben Maxwell (Surrey)

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