'Penner Rule' ups ante for restricted free agents

Updated: June 27, 2008, 12:27 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

There is another issue to look for come July's free-agent season: the specter of the offer sheet.

Last summer, the Edmonton Oilers shook the hockey world when they submitted an offer sheet first to Buffalo restricted free agent Thomas Vanek and then to Anaheim forward Dustin Penner. The Sabres reluctantly matched it; the Ducks didn't and obtained a series of draft picks from the Oilers.

This summer, many of the top restricted free agents already have been locked ...

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