Less than 24 hours before opening of NHL free agency, the San Jose Sharks began tendering qualifying offers to a handful of its roster members.
The team announced on Monday they have made offers to forwards Tommy Wingels and James Sheppard, and defenseman Jason Demers.
Members of last season’s Worcester Sharks roster were also issued QO’s: Defensemen Taylor Doherty and Matt Tennyson, and goaltender Harri Sateri.
Members of the Sharks’ AHL affiliate rounded out the list of players that were not issued qualifying offers and will become unrestricted free agents: Forwards Brodie Reid, Sebastian Stalberg and Marek Viedensky, and defensemen Sena Acolatse, Adam Comrie and Nick Petrecki.
San Jose has hinted that it won’t be too active during FA. Given that the team is supposedly “rebuilding” and turning its focus over to its younger players, it certainly makes more sense to tender contracts for current youngsters like Wingels and Sheppard rather than to go fishing for vets on the open market. But with the team still trying to recover from a disappointing end to their 2014 campaign, it is anyone’s guess what Team Teal’s big wigs might do.
The free agency market is set to open up Tuesday, July 1 at noon East Coast time.