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NHL QO deadline: Kase, Samsonov not qualified

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The National Hockey League's deadline to submit qualifying offers to impending unrestricted free agents is set for 5pm ET on Monday. Should a player not be qualified, he will become an unrestricted free agent. Here's a tally of players from across the league who will not be receiving offers ahead of the deadline.

Anaheim Ducks

Forwards Sam Steel and Sonny Milano were among seven players not qualified by the Anaheim Ducks.

Steel, 24, was the 30th overall selection of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Ducks. He appeared in 68 games for the team last season, scoring six goals and adding 14 assists.

A native of Ardrossan, Alta., Steel has 24 goals and 41 assists in 197 games over four seasons with the team.

Milano, 26, was acquired by the Ducks in a 2020 trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Devin Shore. He appeared in 66 games for the team last season, matching his career-high with 14 goals and chipping in 20 assists.

Originally taken with the 16th overall pick of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Milano has 36 goals and 45 assists in 197 career games over seven seasons with the Ducks and Blue Jackets.

Forwards Jack Badini and Lucas Elvenes and defencemen Brendan Guhle and Jacob Larsson were also not qualified.

Calgary Flames

Goaltender Tyler Parsons and defenceman Johannes Kinnvall will not be given qualifying offers, the Calgary Flames announced on Monday.

A second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft out of the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights with whom he won a Memorial Cup, the 26-year-old Parsons has yet to make his NHL debut and has been slowed down by injuries for much of his professional career.

The Mount Clemens, MI native has made just 27 appearances in three seasons for the team's American Hockey League-affiliate Stockton Flames. He was limited to a single game this past season.

The 24-year-old Kinnvall signed with former club Brynnas of the Swedish Hockey League last month, so the non-tendering by the Flames was expected. Signed as free agent in 2020, Kinnvall did not appear in the NHL. He played 19 games for the Heat last season, tallying eight assists.

Chicago Blackhawks

Forward Dylan Strome and Dominik Kubalik were not qualified by the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday and will become unrestricted free agents.

Strome, 25, was the third overall selection of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Arizona Coyotes. He was acquired by the Blackhawks in the fall of 2018.

He appeared in 69 games last season, scoring a career-high 22 goals and 26 assists.

For his career with the Coyotes and Blackhawks, Strome has 67 goals and 103 assists in 273 games over five seasons.

Kubalik, 26, spent the past three seasons with the Blackhawks after being acquired at the 2019 draft from the Los Angeles Kings.

A 30-goal scorer in 2018-2019, Kubalik appeared in 78 games last season, scoring 15 goals and adding 17 assists.

In his three-year NHL career, the Plzen, Czech Republic native has 62 goals and 54 assists in 202 games.

Colorado Avalanche

Nicolas Aube-Kubel is set for unrestricted free agency.

The Athletic's Peter Baugh reports the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche have informed the 26-year-old winger that he will not receive a qualifying offer.

The native of Slave Lake, Alta.'s qualifying offer was set at $1.22 million.

Claimed on waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers in November, Aube-Kubel appeared in 67 games for the Avs, scoring 11 goals and adding 11 assists. He also appeared in 14 playoff games during the team's run to its first Stanley Cup since 2001.

Originally taken with a second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Aube-Kubel has 21 goals and 29 assists for his career in 169 games over four seasons with the Avalanche and Flyers.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Monday that two of their impending RFAs would not be qualified in defenceman Kevin Stenlund and defenceman Gabriel Carlsson.

Stenlund, 25, split last season between the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters and the Blue Jackets. In three NHL games, Stenlund picked up two penalty minutes.

A native of Stockholm, Stenlund was originally taken with a second-round pick in the 2018 draft. In 71 NHL games over four seasons with the Jackets, he had 11 goals and nine assists.

Carlsson, 25, was the 29th overall selection of the 2015 NHL Draft.

He appeared in 38 games last season for the Blue Jackets, scoring two goals and adding seven assists over 12:16 of ice-time a night.

The Orebro, Sweden native averaged 12:32 of ice-time in 75 games over six seasons with the team. He has three goals and 13 assists for his career.

Montreal Canadiens

Forward Rem Pitlick and defencemen Kale Clague and Josh Brook were not qualified by the Montreal Canadiens.

Pitlick, 25, was claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Wild in January. He appeared in 46 games for the Canadiens, scoring nine goals and adding 17 assists.

Originally taken in the third round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators, Pitlick has appeared in 77 NHL games over three seasons with the Predators, Wild and Habs.

Clague, 24, was also a waiver claim, taken from the Los Angeles Kings last December. He appeared in 25 games for the Habs, averaging 16:15 of ice-time a night, and added two goals and three assists.

The Regina native has appeared in 58 NHL games over three seasons with the Kings and Canadiens.

Brook, 23, was a second-round selection of the Habs in 2017. Yet to make his NHL debut, Brook split last season between the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League and the ECHL's Trois-Rivieres Lions.

Ottawa Senators

A trio of players have not been qualified by the Ottawa Senators in defenceman Victor Mete, centre Adam Gaudette and goaltender Michael McNiven, general manager Pierre Dorion confirmed to LeDroit's Marc Brassard.

Mete, 24, was claimed off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens in the spring of 2021. He found himself to be a healthy scratch on a number of occasions last season, appearing in 37 contests and averaging 14:37 of ice-time a night. He tallied seven assists.

A native of Woodbridge, Ont., Mete has appeared in 236 games over five seasons with the Senators and Habs.

Gaudette, 25, was a waiver claim from the Chicago Blackhawks last November. He appeared in 50 games for the Senators, scoring four goals and adding eight assists.

A native of Braintree, MA, Gaudette was originally a fifth-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 2015 and spent the first three-plus seasons of his career with the team.

In five NHL seasons, Gaudette tallied 27 goals and 43 assists over 218 games with the Canucks, Blackhawks and Senators.

McNiven, 25, made his NHL debut in 2022 with the Canadiens, relieving Cayden Primeau in a January game against the Minnesota Wild, after having spent six seasons in the organization. He was traded to the Calgary Flames in March before being traded to the Senators later that month.

The Winnipeg native made two appearances for the team's AHL-affiliate Belleville Senators.

Philadelphia Flyers

Forwards Matthew Strome and Maksim Sushko and goaltender Kirill Ustimenko were not qualified by the Philadelphia Flyers, the club announced.

A fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the 23-year-old Strome split last season between the ECHL's Reading Royals and the Lehigh Phantoms of the AHL. In 63 AHL contests, Strome notched five goals and 11 assists.

Sushko, 23, was also a fourth-round pick of the Flyers in 2017. He made his NHL debut during the 2020-2021 season, appearing in two games.

In 63 games for the Phantoms last season, Sushko had 10 goals and seven assists.

Ustimenko, 23, was a third-round selection in 2017. Like Strome, he split the season between the Royals and Phantoms. He was 1-3-2 in eight AHL games, posting a goals against average of 2.91 and a .900 save percentage.

Seattle Kraken

The Kraken have extended qualifying offers to Morgan Geekie, Kole Lind, Alexander True, Carsen Twarynski, and Cale Fleury

Dennis Cholowski, Ryan Donato, Haydn Fleury, and Daniel Sprong did not receive qualifying offers and will become unrestricted free agents. 

Geekie, 23, scored seven goals and added 15 assists for the Kraken last season. The Strathclair, MB native was originally a third-round (67th overall) pick of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Lind, 23, scored two goals and six assists in 23 games last season. The forward was originally a second-round (33rd overall) pick of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2017 NHL Draft.

True, 24, did not record a point in eight games with Seattle last season. 

Twarynski, 24, did not play with the Kraken last season. The centre has one goal in 22 career NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers. He was originally drafted by Flyers in the third round (82nd overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Cale Fleury, 23, played nine games last season and did not record a point. The defenceman was originally drafted 87th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Cholowski, 24, recorded three assists in 11 games with the Kraken last season. He was originally selected 20th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Donato, 26, recorded 16 goals and 15 assists in 74 games last season. In 254 career NHL games with the Kraken, San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild and Boston Bruins, Donato has scored 51 goals and 108 points. He was selected 56th overall by Boston in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Haydn Fleury, 26, recorded two goals and two assists in 36 games last season. The defenceman has registered nine goals and 22 assists in 215 career games with the Kraken, Anaheim Ducks, and Carolina Hurricanes.

Sprong, 25, scored 14 goals and added six assists in 63 games last season. In 202 career games with the Kraken, Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks, and Pittsburgh Penguins, the winger has scored 46 goals and 70 points. The Penguins originally drafted Sprong 46th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

Toronto Maple Leafs

For a second straight season, Ondrej Kase finds himself without a qualifying offer.

The Toronto Maple Leafs did qualify the 26-year-old forward on Monday, making him an unrestricted free agent.

TSN Hockey Insider Chris Johnston notes that the team hasn't closed the door on a return.

A native of Kadan, Czech Republic, Kase was signed to a one-year, $1.25 million deal after he wasn't qualified by the Boston Bruins.

Once again battling injuries, Kase appeared in 50 games for the Leafs last season, scoring 14 goals and adding 13 assists. He added three assists in seven playoff games.

In 257 career games with the Leafs, Bruins and Anaheim Ducks, Kase has 57 goals and 67 assists over six seasons.

Meanwhile, forward Pierre Engvall and defenceman Rasmus Sandin received qualifying offers from the Maple Leafs. 

Vancouver Canucks 

The Vancouver Canucks announced today that they have not extended qualifying offers to Justin Bailey, Matthew Highmore and Juho Lammikko

Bailey, 27, was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round (52md overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. He was later traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2019 and signed with the Canucks as a free agent in the offseason. 

This past season, Bailey played in 14 games for the Canucks. 

Highmore, 26, spent three seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks (2017-19) before joining the Canucks in 2020. 

The Halifax, N.S., native has played two seasons for the Cancuks (2020-21), appearing in 64 games and has recorded eight goals and nine assists for 17 points. 

Lammikko, 26, was traded to the Canucks by the Florida Panthers in 2021 where he played two seasons (2018, 2020) after being selected by them in the third round (65th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. 

Lammikko skated in 75 games for the Canucks this past season, recording seven goals and eight assists for 15 points. 

Vegas Golden Knights

Forward Brett Howden did not receive a qualifying offer from the Vegas Golden Knights, TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger reported. 

While the 24-year-old did not receive an offer, Dreger reports that there is potential for the two sides to agree to a deal. 

The Calgary, Alta., native was selected by the Tamp Bay Lightning in the first round (27th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft before being traded to the New York Rangers. 

Howden played three seasons for the Rangers (2018-2020) before being traded to the Vegas Golden Knights, where he played in 47 games, recording nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points in the 2021-22 campaign. 

In 225 career games, Howden has tallied 25 goals and 44 assists for 69 points. 

Washington Capitals

Goaltender Ilya Samsonov was not qualified by the Washington Capitals.

The 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Samsonov appeared in 44 games for the Capitals last season, going 23-12-5 with a goals against average of 3.02 and an .896 save percentage. He went 1-1-2 with a 2.97 GAA and .912 SV% in five playoff contests.

In 94 games over three seasons, Samsonov is 53-23-10 with a 2.82 GAA and .903 SV%.

Winnipeg Jets

Forward Evgeny Svechnikov and defenceman Markus Phillips will not receive qualifying offers, the Winnipeg Jets announced.

The 19th overall pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings, the 25-year-old Svechnikov was non-tendered by the team last summer and signed a one-year deal with the Jets' AHL-affiliate Manitoba Moose that was converted to an NHL deal after training camp.

Svechnikov appeared in 72 games for the Jets last season, scoring seven goals and adding 12 assists.

For his five-year NHL career, Svechnikov has appeared in 113 games for the Red Wings and Jets, tallying 12 goals and 19 assists.

A fourth-round pick in 2017 by the Los Angeles Kings, Phillips was a deadline acquisition by the Jets last March.

The 23-year-old Phillips appeared in seven games for the Moose in 2022.