Along with the aforementioned two, Teemu Hartikainen, Taylor Fedun, Niko Hovinen and Antti Tyrvainen also received qualifying offers meaning they won’t become free agents on July 5th.
While those players received offers, there were four that didn’t. They were defensemen Theo Peckham, Alex Plante and Colten Teubert along with forward Phillipe Cornet. As a result, all four players will now hit the open market as unrestricted free agents and are free to sign with any team they choose.
On the Hartikainen front, it has already been confirmed that he will play in the KHL next season but by extending a qualifying offer, the Oilers will retain his rights.
Of course the big two that still need to work out a deal are Gagner and Paajarvi and while both have been mentioned as possible trade chips, a sign and trade could be possible, although unlikely at this stage.
Losing Peckham on the back end isn’t a huge loss despite the rugged play he brought to the lineup. Often unable to keep up to the game, Peckham found himself in and out of the lineup and then eventually spent more time in Oklahoma City last season. Failing to receive a qualifying offer doesn’t come as a surprise but there was chatter on Twitter earlier today that the Philadelphia Flyers might be interested in deal that involved Peckham. Paul Holmgren can now sign him at will if that is the case.
Both Plante and Teubert were former first round picks, proving that a high draft choice doesn’t always materialize like teams had hoped.
Where ever Teubert ends up it will be his third team in his young career. He’s not exactly living up to the hype that once surrounded him when the Los Angeles Kings drafted him 13th overall.
Plante is also running out of years to prove can stick as a regular blue liner. The 24-year old and former 15th overall pick has only played in 10 career NHL games, all with the Oilers over the span of three years.
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