The deadline to send qualifying offers to the Restricted Free Agents was Monday, June 26th at 2 pm PST. The list of players below that received qualifying offers shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.
John Chayka: @ArizonaCoyotes have sent qualifying offers to Anthony Duclair, Jordan Martinook, Nick Cousins, Tyler Gaudet & Marek Langhamer— Dave Vest (@davest4yotes) June 26, 2017
It will be interesting to see what type of contracts both Anthony Duclair and Jordan Martinook pull after their seasons last year.
Duclair had a really, really terrible season. He went from shooting 19 percent to shooting about 5 percent, which is not conducive to scoring goals. He had a total of only 76 shots in 58 games with only 5 goals and 10 assists. The year before he had 105 shots, 20 goals, and 24 assists for 44 points. You can see why this seems to be a bit of an issue, for Duclair’s case, with what the team will offer him.
Martinook made his money on the penalty kill, and when it was tough going in the center position, he took over the third line there as well. Martinook was a fan favorite and one of Dave Tippett’s favorite players, so hopefully he will fit into the new system well. Martinook also had a career high in points, 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points for the season.
Tyler Gaudet and Marek Langhamer are also not surprising on the Tucson side of things.
Gaudet is starting to come into his own as a center while developing in Tucson. He could see some time again in the NHL this season if the Coyotes sustain any injuries down the middle.
Langhamer is still a young goalie who is developing in the system. He has the potential to keep growing to be a stable backup or even a decent starter in the future. It’s too early to tell his full potential, but keeping him would be better than not.
Players who didn't receive qualifying offer from #Coyotes (Burmistrov, Holland, Jooris, Troock, Moroz, Downing and Morin) become UFAs.— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) June 26, 2017
The list of players not sent qualifying offers only has one true surprise in the case of Alex Burmistrov. Burmistrov came from a bad situation in Winnipeg when he was picked up off of waivers by the Coyotes. He was a slow starter, getting used to the team and starting to pick up before his concussion against Boston at the end of February. When he came back, he had amazing chemistry with Max Domi and Duclair. They could still sign Burmistrov if his qualifying was considered too high, and the team wants a lower number.
Peter Holland and Josh Jooris were good placeholders on a bad team last season. Not seeing them receive qualifying offers isn’t something to be expected, when the Coyotes have the depth to cover the positions that they played for the team. You can find a lot of players to slot in fourth line roles.
The four names from the AHL aren’t surprising either. The Coyotes need to have space in their club to for their own prospects, many of which are going to be heading to Tucson this season.
What do you think about the RFA situation for the Coyotes?