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Lightning send qualifying offers out - two not tendered

Posted Jun 29, 2009 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Jun 29, 2009 at 01:23 PM

The Lightning have extended qualifying offers to nine of the team’s 11 restricted free agents.

By extending the offers, the team retains negotiating rights and rights to match any offer sheet a player may receive as well as the right to compensation should the Lightning decline to match an offer sheet. Those not receiving the qualifying offers become unrestricted free agents. The deadline to extend the offers was 5 p.m. tonight.

Those who receive offers:
Matt Smaby
Matt Lashoff
Martins Karsums
Mike Lundin
Blair Jones
Lukas Krajicek
Karri Ramo
Radek Smolenak
Lauri Tukonen

Those not receiving offers:
Justin Keller
Mike McKenna

In regards to Ramo and Smolenak, both players have signed contracts this season to play in the Russian Kontinental Hockey League, but by extending the qualifying offers, the team retains the rights to both players.

Reader Comments

Por (Boltcc) on June 29, 2009 (Suggest removal)

So now do we expect anything big to happen with free agency on July 1st…?

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Por (Erik Erlendsson) on June 29, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I certainly wouldn’t expect any kind of a big splash on Wednesday, and nothing like we saw last year. I think a potential veteran defenseman and an experienced backup goaltender are probably at the top of the list. Not sure we’ll see the team be as aggressive since the owners are allegedly not allowed to be involved in contacting free agents and Brian Lawton is the point man on all discussions.

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