Less than 48 hours before the gates of free agency opens and the NHL turns into a clutch-and-grab league again with available players, the Philadelphia Flyers have qualified goaltender Carter Hart, defenseman Travis Sanheim, and forwards Connor Bunnaman and David Kase.
We have extended qualifying offers to the following four players:— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) July 26, 2021
• Connor Bunnaman
• Carter Hart
• David Kase
• Travis Sanheim pic.twitter.com/eZuFkIe1yo
Essentially just a formality, these qualifying offers will keep these players rights in Philadelphia and won’t just let them walk into unrestricted free agency. In recent memory, only Nolan Patrick accepted his qualifying offer as a new, one-year contract for the Flyers that is at 105 percent at the player’s most recent cap hit.
The only player the Flyers did not send a qualifying offer to was forward Pascal Laberge, a former second-round pick back in 2016 that hasn’t even amassed 100 games in Lehigh Valley.
Hart and Sanheim were the obvious choices and will be the two guaranteed current restricted free agents that will be in the Flyers’ lineup at the start of next season, but in Bunnaman and Kase, there are some very solid depth options for the Flyers that will no doubt be cheap short-term deals.
At least there aren’t any headache-inducing contract negotiations this year.