Several players with expiring contracts have or have not been issued qualifying offers. Those who have remain RFA's and the property of their current team. Those who have not will become unrestricted free agents July first.
Some notable names issued qualifying offers are: Nick Bonino, Kyle Cominsky (ANA), Leland Irving, Akim Aliu, Mikael Backlund, Paul Byron (CGY), Devan Dubnyk (EDM), Sam Gagner, Theo Peckham, and Jeff Petry, Linus Omark (EDM), Nick Foligno, Jim O'Brien, Kaspars Daugavins, Stephane Da Costa (OTT),
Blake Comeau (CGY), Cam Barker (EDM), Cal O'Reilly (PIT), and Marc-Andre Gragnani, Ryan Parent (VAN) were not qualified and will become the UFA"s July first.
In the right situation I could see M.A. Gragnani becoming a power play specialist with significant fantasy value. Cam Barker is another player who could easily blossom offensively in the right situation similar to what M.A. Bergeron did for the Tampa Bay power play last season. As long as plus/minus are not a scoring factor in you league, these guys could be steals! Blake Comeau could also be worthy of a small investment as he has failed to live up to his potential thus far. That can be difficult to do playing for the Islanders and Flames, so a change of scenery may provide him the opportunity to realize his potential and produce some fantasy value.
Most notably, Peter Mueller of the Colorado Avalanch was not qualified. Mueller has missed the better parts of the last 3 seasons with serious injuries specifically concussions. Prior to that he was a rising star with tremendous fantasy value in a keeper league.
He would be a prime candidate to enjoy a comeback season similar to what Joffrey Lupul produced in Toronto. There is no question Mueller has the ability to score upwards of 30 goals in the NHL playing on the right team and if he is healthy. Mueller could be a monster sleeper pick in a lot of fantasy leagues. He is very high risk, so wait until later rounds to draft him. But once you have filled out the bulk of your roster with point producing reliable players, take a chance on Mueller. Let someone else take him too early if need be and best of luck to them if they do. But if he is available in the right round, go for it.
According to TSN insider Bob McKenzie, the front runners in on Schultz are Maple Leafs, Canucks, Oilers, Flyers and Rangers. Ottawa GM Bryan Murray thinks the Senators are right there as well as he told the team 1200 “I believe it’s down to 3-5 teams, and I believe we’re one of those teams.”
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Damien Brunner is a highly sought after forward coming over from Europe. Unlike Justin Schultz, Brunner is being very open about where he intends to sign. Although Brunner cannot sign until Sunday, he has told the Red Wings that he intends to sign with them. Detroit Red Wings fans get to know Damien Brunner in this Bleacher Report article. He is very likely to assume the void left by pending UFA Jiri Hudler.
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