The Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday officially made qualifying offers to the following players to retain negotiating rights.
Justin Schultz – $1.4 million
Brian Dumoulin – $840,000
Conor Sheary – $650,000
Josh Archibald – $650,000
Derrick Pouliot – $874,125
J.S. Dea – $650,000
Frank Corrado – $660,000
The QO’s have been declined by Justin Schultz, Brian Dumoulin and Conor Sheary which was a necessity as the Penguins are in talks with Justin Schultz reps at Newport Sports about a new long-term deal and the same with Lewis Gross, the agent for Brian Dumoulin and Conor Sheary.
All three are primed for significant raises, notably Schultz and Dumoulin.
Talks between the Penguins and Schultz have been slower than the Penguins had hoped but Schultz’ reps at Newport Sports are notorious to drag things on with RFA’s past July 1 when other teams can talk to restricted free agents, so it won’t be a shock if this goes into July a bit.
Nothing, though, has reached the stage yet where the Penguins have felt a long-term deal won’t be possible. If that were to happen anytime soon, they would begin to float his name out there in trade talks and there’s been zero evidence of that so far.
Derrick Pouliot also seems likely to decline his qualifying offer, per a source, as the two sides will look to reach an agreement on a lesser salary than the QO in return for Pouliot to receive a one-way contract. His QO is a two-way contract.
Pouliot now five years after being drafted 8th overall, continues to be a cross-roads in his Penguins career. The Penguins are talking him up in the local papers, but interesting enough, for a border line player who will be waiver eligible in the fall, there was little to no trade inquiries for Pouliot at the draft.
Pouliot should be at the point in his development where the Penguins don’t even have to consider bringing 34 year old Trevor Daley back because they can plug Pouliot in his spot, but that’s not the case.
— There’s a pretty good idea where new contracts for Brian Dumoulin and Justin Schultz will come in if long-term deals are reached, but wildcard is more Conor Sheary on where his number will fall.
Prior to the Ryan Reaves trade, there’s was some trade chatter on the draft floor Friday surrounding Sheary being connected to the B Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"