RFA Set To Leave North America After Failing To Land Roster Spot

Published October 8, 2023 at 11:12 PM
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With the start of the 2023-24 National Hockey League season drawing near, there are two notable restricted free agents who remain unsigned: Shane Pinto of the Ottawa Senators and Tim Berni of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

As the season opener approaches, the chances of either Pinto or Berni being on their respective teams' rosters and ready for the first game seem slim, but the situation remains fluid.

Tim Berni's case with the Columbus Blue Jackets differs from Shane Pinto's. Berni had been granted an invitation to the Blue Jackets' training camp on a professional tryout contract.

Which allowed him to participate fully in practices and preseason games while negotiations for a new contract were ongoing.


However, he was released from his PTO recently, and reports suggest he is contemplating returning to Switzerland for the 2023-24 season.

Aaron Portzline reported,
"Hearing that #CBJ D Tim Berni is considering a return home to play in Switzerland this season. Berni, an unsigned restricted free agent, came to camp with Columbus on a tryout agreement to keep his options open. He was released from that PTO on Thursday."

Although Berni's situation is uncertain, the Blue Jackets issued him a qualifying offer in late June, meaning they would retain his rights even if he chose to play in Europe, holding those rights until he becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2027.

Berni, 23, made his NHL debut with Columbus last season, appearing in 59 games and tallying three points (one goal, two assists), along with 34 penalty minutes and a minus-26 rating.

Source: Bladeofsteel
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