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Blue Jackets' Johansen gets qualifying offer @NHLdotcom

One of the top items on the to-do list for Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is getting leading scorer Ryan Johansen to sign a new contract.

Johansen, who led the Blue Jackets with 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games in 2013-14, will become a restricted free agent if not signed by noon ET on Tuesday, the start of free agency.

The Blue Jackets announced Monday they have taken the first step toward retaining Johansen's rights by extending him a qualifying offer. Doing so allows Columbus to match any offer Johansen accepts from another team.

Ryan Johansen
Center - CBJ
GOALS: 33 | ASST: 30 | PTS: 63
SOG: 237 | +/-: 3
"If he signs an offer sheet, he signs an offer sheet," Kekalainen told the Columbus Dispatch on June 12. "Our ownership is strong, and as I said before, we would match any offer he could possibly sign. If somebody wants to waste their time and effort on that, that's fine for them. We'd just match it and keep the player."

Also receiving qualifying offers were forwards Corey Tropp, Matt Frattin, Sean Collins and Dana Tyrell and defensemen David Savard, Tim Erixon, Cody Goloubef and Will Weber.

Forwards Oliver Gabriel and Jake Hansen and defenseman Anton Blomqvist did not receiving qualifying offers, meaning they will become unrestricted free agents Tuesday.

Arizona Coyotes: The Coyotes have extended qualifying offers to restricted free-agent forwards Brandon McMillan and Jordan Szwarz.

Szwarz, a 2009 fourth-round pick (No. 97), made his NHL debut in 2013-14 and had three goals in 26 games. McMillan had two goals and four assists in 22 games.

Dallas Stars: The Stars announced they had extended qualifying offers to five restricted free agents to retain their negotiating rights, among them center Cody Eakin, who was fourth on the team in the regular season with 16 goals and 35 points, and left wing Antoine Roussel, who had 14 goals, 29 points and a team-leading 209 penalty minutes.

Also receiving qualifying offers were center Scott Glennie and defensemen Brenden Dillon and Cameron Gaunce.

Defensemen Ryan Button and Hubert Labrie, centers Dustin Jeffrey and Tristan King and right wing Austin Smith did not get qualifying offers. Those players will become unrestricted free agents Tuesday.

Washington Capitals: The Capitals issued qualifying offers to four restricted free agents, including goaltender Edward Pasquale, who was acquired from the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.

Also receiving offers were center Michael Latta and defensemen Nate Schmidt and Cameron Schilling.

Buffalo Sabres: Sabres general manager Tim Murray said Monday the team has extended qualifying offers to five restricted free agents: forwards Marcus Foligno, Tyler Ennis and Luke Adam, defenseman Chad Ruhwedel and goaltender Matt Hackett.

Murray said he was unsure if forward Cory Conacher would receive an offer to retain his rights. The 24-year-old had three goals and six points in 19 games after being claimed on waivers from the Ottawa Senators.

Not receiving offers were defenseman Jamie McBain and goaltender Connor Knapp, making them unrestricted free agents beginning Tuesday.

Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning have made qualifying offers to forwards Brett Connolly, Richard Panik, Cody Kunyk and Philippe Paradis and defensemen Dmitry Korobov and Andrej Sustr.

Tampa Bay did not make a qualifying offer to goaltender Anders Lindback, forward Geoff Walker or defensemen Keith Aulie and Charles Landry, allowing each to become a free agent Tuesday.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild announced qualifying offers to five restricted free agents: forwards Nino Niederreiter, Jason Zucker and Justin Fontaine, goalie Darcy Kuemper and defenseman Jonathon Blum.

Niederreiter completed his first season in Minnesota after the Wild acquired the No. 5 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft from the Islanders for forward Cal Clutterbuck and a third-round pick in the 2013 draft. He was third on the Wild in goals (14), sixth in scoring (36 points) and fifth in shots on goal (143).

Niederreiter's overtime goal in Game 7 of the Western Conference First Round eliminated the Colorado Avalanche from the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He also scored the game winner against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of the second round and is tied for first in franchise history with two postseason game-winning goals (Wes Walz).

Kuemper was one of five goalies to play for the Wild last season. He went 12-8-4 with a 2.28 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and two shutouts in 24 starts since his Jan. 2 recall from Iowa of the American Hockey League. He also missed seven regular-season games with an upper-injury, and was forced from Game 7 against the Avalanche with a similar aliment after going 3-1 with a 2.03 GAA and .913 save percentage in six postseason games (five starts).

Not receiving offers were defensemen Josh Caron and Tyler Cuma and forward Kristopher Foucault.

Florida Panthers: The Panthers have extended qualifying offers to seven players, including defensemen Erik Gudbranson and Dmitry Kulikov.

Also receiving offers were defenseman Dylan Olsen and forwards Brandon Pirri, Jimmy Hayes, Ryan Martindale and Garrett Wilson.

St. Louis Blues: The Blues have tendered qualifying offers to forwards Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka, Sergey Andronov and Sebastian Wannstrom, and defenseman David Shields.

Schwartz, 22, ranked fourth on the Blues with 56 points and third with 25 goals in 80 games in 2013-14. Drafted in the first round (No. 14) by the Blues in 2010, Schwartz has 34 goals and 72 points in 132 career regular-season games.

Sobotka, 26, established a career high in goals (nine), assists (24), points (33) and plus/minus rating (plus-14) in 61 games. The Czech Republic native, drafted in the fourth round (No. 106) by the Boston Bruins in 2005, completed his fourth season with the Blues. The checking center has 35 goals and 123 points in 381 career games spanning seven seasons.

Calgary Flames: The Flames tendered qualifying offers to six restricted free agents: goalie Joni Ortio, defensemen Mark Cundari and Chad Billins and forwards Lance Bouma, Joe Colborne and Ben Hanowski.

Billins is coming off a 10-goal, 41-point season in the American Hockey League in which he led Abbotsford Heat defensemen in scoring and was sixth in team scoring.

Restricted free agents Paul Byron, TJ Galiardi, David Eddy, James Martin and Olivier Roy did not receive qualifying offers.

Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers sent qualifying offers to four players: forwards Jason Akeson and Tye McGinn and defensemen Erik Gustafsson and Brandon Manning.

Akeson, 23, played one game in the regular season but emerged as a full-time player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, when he had two goals in seven games against the New York Rangers.

McGinn had four goals in 18 games, and Gustafsson had two goals and eight assists in 31 games.

Nashville Predators: The Predators did not extend a qualifying offer to defenseman Michael Del Zotto, acquired from the New York Rangers on Jan. 22 for veteran defenseman Kevin Klein.

Predators general manager David Poile told reporters Sunday that Del Zotto, 24, who had five points in 25 games with Nashville, was "not a fit."

"Del Zotto is a good player," Poile said. "He's a good offensive player. He couldn't get ahead of [Roman] Josi, [Shea] Weber, [Seth] Jones and [Ryan] Ellis in the offensive situations," Poile said Sunday. "We have all these balls in the air. We'll see what happens."

Nashville also did not extend offers to defenseman Charles-Olivier Roussel or center Joonas Rask.

Winnipeg Jets: The Jets extended qualifying offers Monday to forwards John Albert, Carl Klingberg, Eric O'Dell and Patrice Cormier, defenseman Ben Chiarot and goalie Michael Hutchinson.

Carolina Hurricanes: The Hurricanes announced Monday they extended qualifying offers to forwards Jiri Tlusty, Zach Boychuk, Greg Nemisz, Justin Shugg and Jared Staal and defensemen Michal Jordan and Rasmus Rissanen.

Tlusty led Carolina with 23 goals in 2012-13. Boychuk was the Hurricanes' first-round pick (No. 14) in 2008.

San Jose Sharks: The Sharks extended qualifying offers to forwards Tommy Wingels and James Sheppard, defensemen Jason Demers, Matt Tennyson and Taylor Doherty and goalie Harri Sateri.

The following players will become unrestricted free agents Tuesday after the Sharks did not tender them offers: forwards Brodie Reid, Sebastian Stalberg and Marek Viedensky and defensemen Sena Acolatse, Adam Comrie and Nick Petrecki.

Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers announced they have extended qualifying offers to forwards Luke Gazdic, Curtis Hamilton, Roman Horak, Andrew Miller and Tyler Pitlick, goalie Richard Bachman and defensemen Philip Larsen, Jeff Petry and Justin Schultz.

Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings extended qualifying offers to seven restricted free agents, according to multiple media outlets.

The Detroit Free Press reported defenseman Danny DeKeyser, center Riley Sheahan and left wing Tomas Tatar all received offers to retain their negotiating rights. reported that list also included defenseman Adam Almquist, centers Landon Ferraro and Andrej Nestrasil and right wing Mitch Callahan.

Reportedly not receiving qualifying offers were center Cory Emmerton, right wings Trevor Parkes and Willie Coetzee and defensemen Gleason Fournier and Max Nicastro. The five players would become unrestricted free agents Tuesday.

New York Islanders: Newsday reported the Islanders have issued qualifying offers to eight restricted free agents, including defenseman Calvin de Haan, center Casey Cizikas and center Anders Lee.

Defenseman Matt Donovan and Aaron Ness, goaltenders Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson and left wing Brett Gallant also reportedly received qualifying offers.

The newspaper reported left wing Joe Diamond, defenseman Marc Cantin and center Matt Mangene did not receive offers and would become unrestricted free agents Tuesday.

Pittsburgh Penguins: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the Penguins have given qualifying offers to six restricted free agents, including center Brandon Sutter and defenseman Simon Despres.

Also reportedly receiving offers were center Nick Spaling, acquired from the Nashville Predators during the 2014 NHL Draft, center Jayson Megna, right wing Bobby Farnham and defenseman Philip Samuelsson.

Los Angeles Kings: The Los Angeles Times reported that the Kings have extended qualifying offers to restricted free-agent forwards Andy Andreoff and Dwight King, goalie Jean-Francois Berube and defenseman Brayden McNabb.

King, 24, has 24 goals and 30 assists in 157 games in his career, all with Los Angeles.

The Kings reportedly will not make offers to forwards Steve Quailer, Jonathan Parker and James Livingston, who will become unrestricted free agents Tuesday.

Vancouver Canucks: TSN reported the Canucks will not give forwards Jordan Schroeder or Zac Dalpe qualifying offers, which would make them unrestricted free agents Tuesday.

Schroeder, selected by the Canucks with the 22nd pick of the 2009 NHL Draft, had three goals and six points in 25 games in 2013-14. Dalpe had four goals and seven points in 55 games.

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