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Eight players receive qualifying offer from Kings

Tuesday, 07.02.2013 / 10:23 PM / News

NHL.com

The Los Angeles Kings reportedly made a qualifying offer to eight players Tuesday, allowing three others to become free agents by opting not to make an offer.

The Los Angeles Times reported the Kings made an offer to forwards Kyle Clifford, Trevor Lewis, Jordan Nolan and Brian O'Neill; defensemen Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin and Andrew Bodnarchuk; and goaltender Martin Jones.

The most notable of the three players not to receive an offer was 24-year-old defenseman Keaton Ellerby, who was acquired from the Florida Panthers in February when injuries struck the Kings' defense corps. Ellerby, the 10th player taken in the 2007 NHL Draft, had three assists and was plus-5 in 35 games.

The Kings could re-sign him when free agency begins Friday.

In addition to Ellerby, defenseman David Kolomatis and wing Stefan Legein were not given a qualifying offer.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery