June 30, 2014




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 Christian Ehrhoff is already getting calls.

Aaron Portzline is reporting that Ryan Johansen and the Blue Jackets are at a stalemate with contract talks. Johansen refuses to do a bridge contract and the Jackets refuse long-term. The player will win, and over the next seven or eight  years the player will always win. And then in the next lockout, they’ll look around innocently and ask “why are they doing this?” Follow the process of your brothers – entry deal, bridge deal, massive payday. In that order. If it’s good enough for PK Subban, it’s good enough for you. Stop this nonsense.

Dreger also reports that Dan Boyle has five teams on his last – Toronto, Tampa Bay, Detroit, NY Rangers and Montreal. He’s not a fit with Toronto at all. And I don’t see it with