Strome, Samsonov, Heinen among players who didn't receive qualifying offers
A handful of notable players who didn't receive qualifying offers before Monday's 5 p.m. ET deadline have now become unrestricted free agents.
As expected, forward Dylan Strome didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Chicago Blackhawks, which would have been worth $3.6 million, according to CapFriendly. Strome was a pending restricted free agent with arbitration rights. The 25-year-old pitched in with 48 points in 69 contests and potted a career-high 22 goals this past season.
The Washington Capitals opted not to qualify goaltender Ilya Samsonov, who would have been owed an offer of $2 million and was eligible for arbitration. Samsonov, 25, authored a .896 save percentage and 3.02 goals against average through 44 appearances in 2021-22.
Washington also traded netminder Vitek Vanecek to the New Jersey Devils last week.
The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't tender a qualifying offer to forward Danton Heinen, who was due an offer of $1.1 million and had arbitration rights. Heinen scored a career-high 18 goals in 76 games during his first season in Pittsburgh.
Kase, 26, didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Boston Bruins last offseason, either, after injuries limited him to just nine appearances across two campaigns in Beantown. He enjoyed a solid bounce-back season in Toronto, putting up 14 goals and 13 assists in 50 contests.
Here are more notable players who passed the deadline without receiving a qualifying offer from their clubs:
|F Sonny Milano||ANA|
|F Sam Steel||ANA|
|F Dominik Kubalik||CHI|
|F Nicolas Aube-Kubel||COL|
|F Brendan Lemieux||LAK|
|F Rem Pitlick||MTL|
|D Kale Clague||MTL|
|F Adam Gaudette||OTT|
|D Victor Mete||OTT|
|F Ryan Donato||SEA|
|D Haydn Fleury||SEA|
|F Jonathan Dahlen||SJS|
|D Nicolas Meloche||SJS|
|F Matthew Highmore||VAN|
|F Evgeny Svechnikov||WPG|
Even though these players will hit the open market on Wednesday, a deal can still come to fruition with their respective teams beforehand.