Ramblings: No Qualifying Offers For Kase, Samsonov; Murray Traded; Nichushkin Re-Signs; Dive On Dylan Strome – July 12
Monday was the day for teams to either qualify their restricted free agents or not. In short, if teams don't send a qualifying offer to an RFA, that player turns into an unrestricted free agent. The Chicago Blackhawks failed to qualify Pius Suter a year ago and he went and signed with Detroit. Ondrej Kase ended up with the Toronto Maple Leafs the same way. That is to say, just because a team doesn't qualify a player does not mean they are a bad player. There are any number of reasons why a team doesn't qualify an RFA, not limited to current cap space, future arbitration cases, or just a team being real dumb!
One name that came up immediately Monday morning was Nicolas Aubé-Kubel:
It is hard to argue with Colorado here. He is a useful bottom-6 winger but the team needs all the cap space in can manage. They likely feel they have some guys in the AHL that can play his role for $500K less per season and, again, they need the cap space.
Staying with Colorado, we got terms on a new contract for Colorado winger Valeri Nichushkin: