Florida Panthers Executive VP & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has tendered qualifying offers to nine of their restricted free agents: D Mike Caruso, D Roman Derlyuk, D Keaton Ellerby, G Brian Foster, D Dmitry Kulikov, F Michal Repik, F Eric Selleck, F Kris Versteeg and F James Wright.
We’re going to start the process this week, we’re going to talk and see where it goes. I talked to his agent at the combine last week and said I hoped we could get together this week and see if we could get something done.
I really don't know what's going on. I'm staying out of it.
Panthers assistant general manager Mike Santos said Wednesday that the delay in signing center Shawn Matthias comes down to something simple: "He and his agent can't wrap their heads around us not offering a one-way deal.''
Santos said that the restricted free agent is getting a two-way deal and that's it. Matthias is competing with the likes of Ryan Carter, Tim Kennedy and Evgeny Dadonov for a spot. Therefore, "I can't give him a one-way,'' Santos said. "I have to leave spots open for competition.''