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Midweek reading: WMU opening; NCHC; Bidwill, Lampl, McDermott, Rapuzzi

Published: June 18, 2014, 9:09 am, by Joe Paisley
Bonnett MUGWestern Michigan associate head coach Rob Facca left for a scouting job with the Chicago Blackhawks.  Former CC assistant Joe Bonnett, a WMU alum, would be a great fit there.

The NCHC announced some board leadership changes.

The Idaho Steelheads named Eamonn McDermott to the ECHL franchise’s season-ending roster, suggesting the Boise-based franchise wants to sign him for next season.

The Colorado Eagles did the same for Arthur Bidwill as did the Toledo Walleye for both Cody Lampl and William Rapuzzi.

CC_Rapuzzi_CU1The Toledo Walleye acquired the rights to Rapuzzi from Idaho to complete the trade made on Feb. 24.  Rapuzzi was recently named ECHL Rookie of the Year, following the 2013-14 season where he collected 16 goals, 42 assists in 60 games with Idaho. His 42 helpers led all first year players while his 58 points was good for second. The power play specialist posted 21 points (6G, 15A) while his team was on the man advantage. The 24-year-old played his college hockey at Colorado College, where he had 87 points (39G, 48A) in 151 games over four years.

Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than July 1. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2013-14 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.