The Columbus Blue Jackets just took another step in their offseason.
All qualifying offers to restricted free agents had to be sent as of 5 p.m.. The Blue Jackets extended offers to Alexander Wennberg, Josh Anderson, Daniel Zaar and Jordan Schroeder. When extending a qualifying offer, the team retains the negotiating rights to that player.
They did not extend offers to Oleg Yevenko and Oscar Dansk. Making them both unrestricted free agents.
#CBJ have extended qualifying offers to RFA Fs Wennberg, Anderson, Schroeder & Zaar. The club did not extend offers to Yevenko & Dansk.— CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) June 26, 2017
Wennberg had a breakout year this past season posting 59 points on the campaign. Anderson posted 29 points this past season, also making a name for himself.
Schroeder was acquired via trade this past week from the Minnesota Wild and put up 13 points in 37 games for the team. Zaar has already reached agreement with the Malmo Redhawks for next season in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). This qualifying offer retains his rights.
Dansk was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft and never lived up to lofty expectations. He posted a .903 save percentage in 24 games for Rogle BK in the Swedish Hockey League.
Yevenko played in 49 games this past season for the Cleveland Monsters and had six points on the campaign.
Free agency begins on July 1.
Correction: Daniel Zaar will be playing for the Malmo RedHawks in the Swedish Hockey League, not in Liiga as previously stated.