The Tampa Bay Lightning have issued qualifying offers to some of their upcoming restricted free agents. Some surprising names are on the list of those that did not receive offers from the team too.
The following players have received qualifying offers from the team: Forwards Steven Stamkos, Teddy Purcell, Johan Harju, Riku Helenius, and Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Scott Jackson. Yes, Pouliot was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes, but he had to be qualified before.
There were some surprising names on the list of those that did not receive qualifying offers as well, including Mike Lundin, Matt Smaby (maybe not so surprising there) and Vladmir Mihalik. Also not receiving a qualifying offer were Alex Berry, Stefano Giliati, Levi Nelson, Kevin Quick and Paul Szczechura (aka "Chewy").
According to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, the Lightning can still sign Mike Lundin to a contract before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on Friday, July 1.
Qualifying offers must be 10 percent more than the player's previous season salary if he made less than $660,000. The offer has to be five percent above the previous season salary if he made over $660,000. The offer has to be equal to the previous year's salary if the player made over $1 million.
More details to come, but this is what we have for now. Are there any surprises on the list for you, dear readers? Feel free to discuss it amongst yourselves.