There’s a portion of the collective bargaining agreement that Lee Moffie and his agent really were dialed in on. It’s article 8.6(c), and it simply required the Oilers to sign Moffie prior to August 15th or he’d become a free agent. This week that date came, went, and left the defender unsigned, and the Oilers handing over his rights to the most winsome suitor.
This isn’t something that surprises most. Moffie was likely to fly under the radar after he was traded for Kyle Bigos. Bigos, of course, stayed within the organization that traded for him (San Jose) by signing an AHL deal with Worcester. Moffie, I suppose, could be placed in the same situation if the Oklahoma City Barons wanted to sign him to a deal all their own. However, if the Oilers wanted to keep Moffie around without spending a contract on his person, I’ll assume they would have done that already.
Moffie, originally drafted by San Jose himself, put up decent numbers for a defender playing in the CCHA with the Michigan Wolverines. His speed was admirable, and his puck moving capabilities top notch. With both the Sharks and Oilers passing on him, his free agency presents many options for the left shooting defender. Mark my words, the team he signs with gets a steal of a player. Fingers crossed for this guy down the line.