Jets make qualifying offers to free agents
|Forward Andrew Ladd is one the key restricted free agents to receive a qualifying offer from the Jets. (QMI Agency file photo)
WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets have extended qualifying offers to some key players and have chosen to part ways with a couple of others.
The Jets gave qualifying offers to restricted free agents Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler before Monday's 4 p.m. CT deadline.
It's not yet known whether the team extended offers to RFAs Zach Bogosian and Ben Maxwell, but it was expected to do so.
The Jets did not make a qualifying offer to UFA Rob Schremp, which means he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Schremp had just three goals and an assist in 18 NHL games last season.
Forward Anthony Stewart also tweeted that he is now a UFA, which suggests he, somewhat surprisingly, did not receive a qualifying offer from the Jets. Stewart had 14 goals, 39 points and 55 penalty minutes in 80 games with the Atlanta Thrashers last season.
By making qualifying offers to restricted free agents, the Jets retain their rights past July 1, have the right to match offer sheets from other teams and have the right to compensation (draft picks) if a player signs with another team.