With a 4 p.m. CDT deadline to extend qualifying offers to pending restricted free agents, the Winnipeg Jets did so to 12 of their 16 pending players.
Connor Hellebuyck and Eric Comrie will still be Jets goalies. Tucker Poolman, Jacob Trouba and Josh Morrissey also remain to nobody’s surprise. Adam Lowry, Joel Armia, Brandon Tanev, Marko Dano, Nic Petan, Chase De Leo and J.C. Lipon are also sticking around.
Heading to unrestricted free agency are Joe Morrow, Jamie Phillips, Jimmy Lodge and Jan Kostalek.
Morrow is easily the most surprising of the bunch. Acquired for a 2018 4th round pick at the trade deadline, Morrow appeared in 18 regular season games netting one goal and 4 assists, as well as appearing in 6 playoff games with one goal to show for it.
The Jets are facing a tight salary cap, but Morrow made just 650k last year, so it remains a curious decision. It certainly opens up an NHL roster spot for a Sami Niku type to grab.