The Calgary Flames have a lot of things on their plate this week. Among them is tendering qualifying offers to their 10 potential restricted free agents by 3 p.m. MT on Monday.
Let’s dive into the risks and rewards of the Flames’ qualifying offers. (They’re all one-year offers by default.)

Matthew Tkachuk

Qualifying Offer: $9 million, one-way
Arbitration Rights? Yes
Tkachuk had 42 goals and 104 points last year, good enough for eighth in league scoring. Yes, he’s a year away from unrestricted free agency and he could walk himself there by either (a) accepting his qualifying offer or (b) filing for salary arbitration. But Tkachuk is really, really good at hockey, and there’s no way they don’t qualify him.

Andrew Mangiapane

Qualifying Offer: $2.45 million, one-way
Arbitration Rights? Yes
Mangiapane scored 35 goals last season despite not seeing a ton of first-unit power play action and spending his entire season on the second line. He’s quite good. There’s very little risk in him accepting his qualifying offer, given that he’d likely get a big raise in arbitration. He’ll definitely get qualified.
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Oliver Kylington

Qualifying Offer: $787,500, two-way
Arbitration Rights? Yes
Kylington had a breakout season that firmly established him as a regular NHL blueliner. There’s a little bit of risk in Kylington getting a big, big raise in arbitration – there are some potential comparables that push his AAV close to $3 million – but there are enough similar players that it seems probable that the Flames and Kylington hash out a deal well in advance. He’ll definitely get qualified.

Adam Ruzicka

Qualifying Offer: $787,500, two-way
Arbitration Rights? No
Ruzicka spent a good amount of last season in the NHL and he was generally quite good. His qualifying offer is low and he has no arbitration rights, so there’s zero downside risk in qualifying him.

Matthew Phillips

Qualifying Offer: $787,500, two-way
Arbitration Rights? Yes
Phillips was a really good AHL forward last season, anchoring the top line and helping enable a lot of Jakob Pelletier’s successful transition to pro hockey. His qualifying offer is low and considering he’s played one NHL game, he won’t have strong arbitration comparables, so there’s very little downside risk in qualifying him.
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Martin Pospisil

Qualifying Offer: $787,500, two-way
Arbitration Rights? No
Pospisil has been a good AHLer when he’s been healthy, which unfortunately has been sporadically. His qualifying offer is low and he has no arbitration rights, so there’s zero downside risk in qualifying him.

Colton Poolman

Qualifying Offer: $787,500, two-way
Arbitration Rights? Yes
Poolman was a really useful blueliner for the Heat last season, especially in his role as Juuso Valimaki’s partner – he was relied upon to be the defensive conscience so Valimaki could do his thing. With Jeremie Poirier and Yan Kuznetsov going pro, and Ilya Solovyov the lone holdover on an entry-level deal, keeping Poolman for continuity and a veteran presence makes a lot of sense.

Johannes Kinnvall

Qualifying Offer: $874,125, two-way
Arbitration Rights? Yes
Kinnvall signed with Brynas IF in the Swedish Hockey League, but the Flames can qualify him and retain his North American rights. There’s no downside to it, and they’ve tended to qualify players in the past in these situations.
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Eetu Tuulola

Qualifying Offer: $787,500, two-way
Arbitration Rights? Yes
Tuulola signed with Ilves in the Finnish Liiga, but the Flames can qualify him and retain his North American rights. Again, there’s no downside to it, and they’ve tended to qualify players in the past in these situations.

Tyler Parsons

Qualifying Offer: $810,337, two-way
Arbitration Rights? No
Parsons missed all of last season due to injury and received a qualifying offer last season because the Flames needed to have a goaltender to expose in the expansion draft. (He had played just a single game in the season prior to the expansion draft.) It’s extremely unlikely that he’ll be qualified.
Aside from Parsons, it seems probable that the remainder of the pending RFAs will receive qualifying offers.

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