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.
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