More Q.O. news:
Winnipeg did not qualify Matt Halischuk. Calgary did not give Q.O.’s to Paul Byron, Olivier Roy nor T.J. Galiardi. Add those names to the UFA list.
Although he signed with a KHL team already, Cory Emmerton is an NHL UFA as the Wings did not give him a Q.O.
Tyler Cuma is among the Wild players not qualified.
The Habs did not qualify Ryan White. Jets did not qualify Keaton Ellerby
And here are some big ones…
The Sabres did not qualify Cory Conacher – and a free agent he can go anywhere (obviously). Finally, he can find himself a good fit. I said from the start that Ottawa was a terrible fit, and that Buffalo was not much better. I don’t believe his early impact with Tampa Bay was a fluke, I think there is something out there for him that will work.
The Hurricanes did not tender a qualifying offer to Andrei Loktionov, a center with potential but who has never really shown it.
Carolina also did not give Drayson Bowman a qualifying offer. And may I just way WOW – the Big 3 prospects in Carolina have each come to this. Remember? Bowman (not qualified, now a free agent), Dalpe (not qualified, now a free agent) and Zach Boychuk (he did receive a qualifying offer, but he’s been on waivers several times). This is why you can feel comfortable trading a great prospect for a proven player. The ratio of busts is so high.
Tampa Bay did not tender Anders Lindback a qualifying offer.
Nashville did not make Michael Del Zotto a qualifying offer. Great MDZ discussion here.
Here’s an interesting one (more McKenzie) – The Canucks will not give a qualifying offer to Jordan Schroeder. Ditto Zac Dalpe. Both Schroeder and Dalpe will be unrestricted free agents. Do you remember how highly they ranked on the fantasy prospects list? I’d bet that both were in the Top 20 at one time, or close to it…
Bob McKenzie reports that the Ducks did not give Mathieu Perreault a qualifying offer, but they did make him a contract offer. He can be a UFA if he does not accept that offer.
Lots of news pouring in throughout the day. I’ll keep adding it here, with some thoughts…
John Vogl is reporting that the Sabres will not give Jamie McBain a qualifying offer. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent. The team is also “considering” whether or not to qualify Cory Conacher.
More buyout news – the Leafs will buy out Tim Gleason, the Flames will buy out Shane O’Brien and the Devils will buy out Anton Volchenkov
Names of note not qualified today (the deadline for RFA qualifying offers): Scott Stajcer, Kyle Beach, Austin Smith, Dustin Jeffrey, Keith Aulie, Jim O’Brien…
Darren Dreger is reporting that Chris