The Coyotes today extended qualifying offers to twelve Restricted Free Agents ahead of the July 1st start of free agency. Details of the offer sheets have not yet been released, but here are the players we made offers to:
Scottie Upshall: Yay! No way we let him go after how he performed for us after the trade from Philly.
Keith Yandle: No question he would be staying with how weak we are on D.
Enver Lisin: Kept the speedster around. We really need to work on his defensive skill set, but the kid can flat out fly.
Daniel Winnik: Solid 3rd line center but needs to pick up his game to what it was a couple seasons back if he wants to stay in Phoenix instead of riding the bus.
Nigel Dawes: From what I heard from the team they hadn't been all that impressed with him, but maybe this is just to keep an asset rather than getting noting for him.
Dave Spina: A locally grown kid who could finally be the first native Arizonan to play in the NHL. The fans here love him and he's a solid guy.
Josh Tordjman: He can compete with Al Montoya for either the Starting spot in San Antonio or possibly the backup spot if we can't find someone to backup Bryzgalov.
Alexander Nikulin: Protecting an asset as I think we've already heard rumors of him going to the KHL.
Stefan Meyer, Shaun Hushka, Sami Lepisto: The new guys we aquired in the Reinprecht deal and trading picks at the draft.
The Coyotes did not extend qualifying offers to the following restricted free agents:
Alex Bourret, Garth Murray and Joakim Lindstrom.