ECHL: Idaho Steelheads Announce 2024 Qualifying Offers

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The Idaho Steelheads have announced the players who have received qualifying offers for the 2024-25 season. Teams are allowed to give out a maximum of eight qualifying offers, with no more than four of the offers being given to players with veteran status. Idaho’s qualifying offers include four forwards and three defensemen.

Forwards (4)

Jack Becker – Jack Becker played in 39 games with the Idaho Steelheads in the 2023-24 season, where he had 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points. He had 18 penalty minutes and a plus/minus of +11.

Jordan Kawaguchi – Jordan Kawaguchi played in 29 games with the Idaho Steelheads in the 2023-24 season, where he had eight goals and 23 assists for 31 points. He had 28 penalty minutes and a plus/minus of +17. In the playoffs, Kawaguchi played in nine games for the Steelheads where he had four goals and four assists for eight points. He had six penalty minutes and a plus/minus of +5.

Wade Murphy – In his second season with the Idaho Steelheads, Wade Murphy played in 52 games where he had 25 goals and 41 assists for 66 points. He had 75 penalty minutes and a plus/minus of +30. In the playoffs, Murphy played in ten games where he had five goals and six assists for 11 points. He had eight penalty minutes and a plus/minus of +4. Wade Murphy has signed to play with HC Slovan Bratislava in Bratislava, Slovakia, of Tipos Extraliga for the 2024-25 season.

Mark Rassell – Mark Rassell joined the Idaho Steelheads for the 2023-24 season, where he played in 43 games. He had 32 goals and 16 assists for 48 points. In the playoffs, Rassell played in ten games with the Steelheads, where he had five goals and six assists for 11 points. He had two penalty minutes and a plus/minus of +3.

Defenseman (3)

Nick Canade – In his second professional season and second season with the Idaho Steelheads, Nick Canade played in 62 games, where he had six goals and 12 assists for 18 points. He had 109 penalty minutes and a plus/minus of +8. Canade played in eight playoff games with the Steelheads, where he had one goal and one assist for two points, 18 penalty minutes, and a plus/minus of -2.

Cody Haiskanen – Cody Haiskanen played in 28 games, where he had two goals and 11 assists for 13 points. He had ten penalty minutes and a plus/minus of +14. In the playoffs, Haiskanen played in 19 games, where he had one goal and one assist for two points. He had ten penalty minutes and a plus/minus of +1. Cody Haiskanen has signed with the Nurnberg Ice Tigers in Nurnberg, Germany, of Deutsche Eishockey Liga for the 2024-25 season.

Patrick Kudla – Patrick Kudla played in 60 games for the Steelheads during the 2023-24 season. He had ten goals and 50 assists for 60 points. He had 52 penalty minutes and a plus/minus of +18. During the playoffs, Kudla played in ten games for the Steelheads, registering three goals and nine assists for 12 points with six penalty minutes and a plus/minus of +1.

Qualifying Offers Info

Players who were on the season-ending roster but did not receive a qualifying offer can still sign with the team. Teams do NOT have to give qualifying offers to any players who signed a contract for the 2024-25 season before July 7.

Two of Idaho’s seven qualifying offers players have already signed to play overseas for the 2024-25 season. Even though these players (Haiskanen and Murphy) have signed overseas for the season, Idaho will retain their rights for the 2024-25 ECHL season.

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