May 18, 2011 12:00 pm

Moller status update

Here’s a follow-up on yesterday’s post about Oscar Moller. Even if, as expected, Moller starts next season playing professionally in Sweden, it’s almost certain that the Kings will retain his rights. Moller, according to reports overseas, is expected to sign a two-year contract with a team in Sweden. In terms of the NHL, Moller is a restricted free agent this summer.

In order to retain Moller’s NHL rights, the Kings will need only to extend a qualifying offer to Moller before the June 27 deadline. The qualifying offer includes a salary with a 10-percent increase from last season. If the Kings extend the offer and Moller does not sign — the likely scenario — Moller would remain property of the Kings for the next few years (until he is eligible — at age 27 — to become an unrestricted free agent). The asterisk to all this, as posted yesterday, is that Moller’s contract with a Swedish team is expected to include an out clause, which would allow Moller to leave Sweden and return to the NHL.

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