The Chicago Blackhawks are not expected to place qualifying offers on restricted free agents Adam Clendening, Anthony Duclair, Tomas Jurco or newly-acquired Michael Chaput, reports Scott Powers of The Athletic.
NHL teams have until 4 p.m. Central time to extend qualifying offers to RFAs to retain their rights or the players will become unrestricted free agents. UFAs are free to talk to other teams, but cannot sign until the free agency period officially begins July 1.
Powers notes that the Hawks have tried to trade Duclair, but have yet to finalize a deal they like. Chicago acquired Duclair and Clendening from Arizona in exchange for Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphlin on Jan. 10. The 22-year-old Duclair scored two goals with six assists in 23 games with the Hawks before suffering a season-ending injury March 10.
After the trade, Clendening was assigned to the AHL in Rockford and was never recalled. The 25-year-old scored 30 points (four goals, 26 assists) in 38 games. He added 14 points in 13 playoff contests.
Jurco, 25, tallied six goals and four assists in 29 games with Chicago last season. He also played the majority of the season in the AHL, scoring 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 36 games.
Chicago acquired Chaput in a trade with Vancouver for Tanner Kero on Sunday. The 26-year-old Chaput scored 17 goals and 45 points in 55 regular-season games for Canucks’ AHL affiliate Utica last season. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound Chaput added two goals and an assist in five playoff games.
Chaput led all Utica skaters with nine power-play goals and finished second on the team in overall scoring. He also won 58.1 percent of his faceoffs and did not record a point in nine games with the Canucks.