WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets extended qualifying offers to 6 of their 11 restricted free agents by Monday’s deadline, but forwards James Wright, Matt Halischuk and Keaton Ellerby were all left in the cold.
NHL teams had until late Monday afternoon to tender offers to their restricted free agents or they would automatically become unrestricted.
Wright, Halischuk and Ellerby, as well as St. John’s IceCaps defenceman Cody Sol will all now become UFAs, free to sign with any club as of July 1.
To retain their rights as restricted free agents, the Jets made qualifying offers to centre John Albert, defenceman Ben Chiarot, centre Patrice Cormier, goalie Michael Hutchinson, winger Carl Klingberg and centre Eric O’Dell.
The Jets are headed to salary arbitration with restricted free agent Michael Frolik and they did not have to make a qualifying offer to RFA Alex Burmistrov to retain his rights as he’s playing in the KHL.
Earlier in the day the Jets announced they had signed blueliner Adam Pardy to a one year, $700,000 contract.
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