Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Ouellet to hit UFA market

The Penguins yesterday extended qualifying offers to six players who otherwise would have become unrestricted free agents Sunday. The only regular from last season who did not receive a qualifying offer was winger Michel Ouellet.
A bit of a surprise given the year Ouellet had with nearly 20 goals and 50 points. There was a lot of excitement generated by the fact Scott Hartnell hit the UFA market at just 25, and Ouellet is another offensive player in that same age range who unexpectedly joins him.

In other news, the Penguins start a conditioning camp for their young players today. The season ended less than three weeks ago.

UPDATE I just picked up on the news that the Wild may not tender offers to Kurtis Foster or Adam Hall. The UFA pool grows by the day, apparently, and in ways I haven't heard anyone talk about.

Normally tendering these QOs is standard procedure when dealing with restricted free agents, but apparently no more.



At 2:52 a.m., June 26, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

Giving everyone a raise on your team is what can get you in cap trouble. Having to go to arbitration with depth players is just a waste of time. GMs have to learn to pick their battles.

The Pens don't want to waste a couple hundred thousand on Oulett getting a raise, because they've got to get some D and have room for Crosby's raise.

Adam Hall has fallen off the face of the earth, it seems. He was a good young checking winger for Nashville pre-lockout, but his lack of good speed is killing his ability to hold a NHL job.

At 10:14 a.m., June 26, 2007, Anonymous Anshu said...

I can't believe Kurtis Foster might be available. He could be a top-two guy on a lot of teams. Given that he's from the Ottawa area, I sure hope the Sens go after him.


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