The Panthers tendered qualifying offers Monday to restricted free agents David Booth
, the team’s leading goal scorer last season, and prospect David Brine
The restricted free agents that were not qualified:
Sexton left the door open regarding some of the players not tendered offers, including Eminger, who was acquired for a third-round pick late last season and defenseman Noah Welch
"It’s not that we’re not bringing him back," said Sexton of Eminger, who scored one goal in nine games with the Panthers after having 23 points (19 assists) in Tampa. "I talked to his agent today and he has a fairly strong arbitration case and I'm not prepared at this point to put the organization at risk for a significant arbitration award. His agent and I had a great chat. If after July 1 he'd like to come back and chat, we can."
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