Flames tender qualifying offers to eight players, including Matthew Tkachuk
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By Ryan Pike4 months ago
It’s the Monday following the NHL Draft, so it’s the annual deadline for National Hockey League clubs to tender qualifying offers to their pending restricted free agents. The Calgary Flames have announced that eight of their 10 pending RFAs have been qualified.
In short: the players you would think would receive qualifying offers did so.
Receiving qualifying offers were forwards Matthew Tkachuk, Andrew Mangiapane, Martin Pospisil, Adam Ruzicka, Matthew Phillips and Eetu Tuulola, and blueliners Oliver Kylington and Colton Poolman. They’ll officially become RFAs on Wednesday and can sign offer sheets, accept their qualifying offers, or merely re-sign with the Flames starting then.
Not receiving qualifying offers, and becoming unrestricted free agents immediately, are goaltender Tyler Parsons and defender Johannes Kinnvall.
Tuulola has signed with Ilves of the Finnish Liiga for 2022-23, but the Flames maintain his North American rights by tendering a qualifying offer. Kinnvall has signed with Brynas of the Swedish Hockey League and the Flames opted not to retain his rights.
Parsons was a second-round selection of the Flames in 2016, but he’s been the recipient of some awful injury luck basically dating back to his Draft+1 season, where the London Knights carried three goalies all season as a means of load management as he dealt with a nagging injury. As a pro, Parsons just couldn’t avoid the injury bug – including some persistent concussion issues – and he just never became the goaltender the Flames hoped he would.
Free agent season opens at 10 a.m. MT on Wednesday morning.
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