Two Oilers shown door

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

A breakout season and a strong home stretch were not enough to earn Ryan Potulny and Marc Pouliot new contracts.

On Monday, the Edmonton Oilers announced they issued 10 qualifying offers to restricted free agents, and Potulny and Pouliot were not among them.

The Oilers issued offers to Gilbert Brule, Andrew Cogliano, Jeff Deslauriers, Devan Dubnyk, Colin Fraser, Sam Gagner, J-F Jacques, Ryan O'Marra, Theo Peckham and Liam Reddox.

Potulny, 25, scored a career-high 15 goals last season with the Oilers. Two years ago, he scored more goals than anyone else in the organization, netting 38 with the club'sAHL affiliate in Springfield.

Originally a third-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2003 NHL Entry draft, the native of Grand Forks, N.D., was acquired by the Oilers in a trade for defenceman Danny Syvret.

Potulny finished third in goals behind Dustin Penner (32) and Brule (17) after having started the season with the team's AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Pou l i o t , meanw h i l e, appears to have exhausted the Oilers' patience with him.

He had been in the team's system since getting drafted by the club in the first round, 22nd overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

A former junior star with Rimouski, Pouliot was never able to regain the form that saw him collect 114 points in his final year with the Oceanic, playing on a line with Sidney Crosby.

Pouliot, 25, was hampered by injury last season, needing surgery to get over a sports hernia.

He scored seven goals and added seven assists in 35 games with the Oilers upon his return.

The previous season, the native of Quebec City scored eight goals and collected 12 assists in 63 games.

NHL teams had until Monday to make qualifying offers to their restricted free agents in order to retain their rights. Those not tendered offers become unrestricted free agents on July 1.


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