No surprise here. I'm still wondering what a judge would give him (guessing $3 million), and whether or not Mike Gillis can swing a deal with him prior to the hearing date, which is still about 3 weeks away. To quote bitterguy: Raymond hasn’t signed his qualifying offer (edit) and will head to arbitration (/edit), which means other teams can’t give him an offer sheet. It’s one reason that the qualifying offer was so low, so that he wouldn’t sign it. It basically ensures that the team and his agent negotiate on the way to arbitration, which is exactly what happened with Wellfed last year. he likely won’t be signed until right before arbitration, or might even get to arbitration.