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Carolina Hurricanes extend qualifying offers to seven players, including Victor Rask and Ryan Murphy

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The Canes will retain rights to those qualified and will allow ten others to head to unrestricted free agency.

Victor Rask is among seven players receiving qualifying offers Monday.
Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes on Monday extended qualifying offers to seven players before the 5:00 p.m. deadline, and announced that ten other pending free agents did not receive offers and will become unrestricted free agents at the end of the league year on Friday at noon.

A qualifying offer is a one-year contract offer at a salary specified by the CBA based on the player’s previous-year salary. Qualifying offers are not binding contracts unless the player accepts the offer. Extending a qualifying offer allows a team to retain restricted free agent rights on a player, and not doing so results in the player becoming an unrestricted free agent.

The players receiving offers are Victor Rask, Ryan Murphy, Brody Sutter, Patrick Brown, Brendan Woods, Dennis Robertson and Keegan Lowe. Of the seven players qualified, Robertson is the only one without NHL experience, and all but Robertson and Lowe made appearances for the Hurricanes in the 2015-16 season.

Players with NHL experience who did not receive an offer were Zach Boychuk, Michal JordanDanny Biega and Justin Shugg. Rasmus Rissanen also did not receive an offer, but in his case this was largely a formality as he has signed a contract with Finnish KHL club Jokerit already. Others who did not receive an offer were Dane Fox, Anthony Camara, Carter Sandlak and Rasmus Tirronen.