Bogosian among those qualified by Jets
WINNIPEG - The qualifying offers have been sent out and the Winnipeg Jets management team is another step closer to the opening of unrestricted free agency on Friday.
In addition to captain Andrew Ladd and winger Blake Wheeler, a source confirmed on Tuesday that defenceman Zach Bogosian, forward Ben Maxwell, forward Spencer Machacek, forward Riley Holzapfel and defencemen Arturs Kulda and Brett Festerling also received their qualifying offers from the Jets.
The Sun speculated Festerling might not be on the list as he was on a one-way deal last season, but the qualifying offer to him this year is expected to be a one-year, two-way contract.
The Jets have chosen not to discuss any of their restricted free agents or the process of entering Friday’s free-agent frenzy, until the process is underway and they have something to announce.
Forwards Rob Schremp and Anthony Stewart weren’t given qualifying offers and become unrestricted free agents.
Speaking of that subject, it looks like Winnipegger Cam Barker could be on the verge of becoming a free agent.
Barker, the third overall pick of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, was placed on waivers by the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.
If he clears by 11 a.m. Wednesday, he may be placed on waivers a second time and if he clears again on Thursday, that would allow the Wild to buy him out at one-third the cost of his $3.25 million salary.
If the Wild choose to go that route, Barker would become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Barker had one goal and five points in 52 games with the Wild last season and has 19 goals and 92 points in 271 games during his NHL career.