The Arizona Coyotes extended qualifying offers to seven players on Monday, but defenceman John Moore was not among them.
Acquired at the trade deadline in March as part of a package that saw Keith Yandle head to the New York Rangers, Moore struggled in the desert. In 19 games with the Coyotes, Moore had a goal and five assists and was a minus-11. His ice time rose from an average of just over 15:00 a night with the Blueshirts to 18:43 a game for the Coyotes.
A season ago, Moore set a career high with 30 points.
Originally taken 21st overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets out of the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers, the 24-year-old now becomes an unrestricted free agent along with seven other Coyotes.
Forwards Mark Arcobello, Darian Dziurzynski, Phillip Lane and Tye McGinn, as well as goaltenders Michael Lee and Mark Visentin were also not tendered qualifying offers by the team.
The seven players to receive offers were forwards Mikkel Boedker, Jordan Martinook and Brendan Shinnimin, defenceman Klas Dahlbeck, Brandon Gormley and Philip Samuelsson, as well as goalie Louis Dominique.