NHL Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers extend qualifying offers to ten RFAs
Haapala, Praplan, Downing and Bystrom are cut loose
The Florida Panthers announced that the club has extended qualifying offers to the following players: forward Anthony Greco, forward Jayce Hawryluk , forward Dryden Hunt, forward Juho Lammikko , forward Denis Malgin , forward Maxim Mamin, defenseman Ian McCoshen, goaltender Sam Montembeault, defenseman Thomas Schemitsch and defenseman MacKenzie Weegar.
Not receiving a qualifying offer were forwards Henrik Haapala and Vincent Praplan and defensemen Michael Downing and Ludwig Bystrom. These players will be free to sign with other teams on July 1.
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