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Oilers forward Ryan Potulny to become UFA

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Among others, the Edmonton Oilers gave qualifying offers to Andrew
Cogliano, Jeff Deslauriers and Devan Dubnyk this afternoon. One player
not getting an offer, surprisingly, is forward Ryan Potulny.

off his first full season in the NHL (64 games in 2010-11), Potulny had
15 goals and 31 points and was one of the few bright spots with the
Oilers last season.

He’s a skilled forward that can bring
production to a team’s third or fourth line and with him now set to
become a free agent, he’ll be a great pick up for any team looking for
scoring depth for a good price. He’s been successful at the AHL level as
well, scoring 109 points in 128 AHL games between 2007 and 2009.

Shane O'Brien gets qualifying offer from Vancouver

There was some speculation that Shane O’Brien, after a tremendously
up and down season with the Canucks, would become a free agent this
summer. It was unknown at the time whether the Canucks would be willing
to keep the defenseman, after he had issues with his weight and attitude
at different parts of the season.

O’Brien stated after the season
that he’d like to remain in Vancouver, and now he’s got his wish. The
Canucks extended a qualifying offer worth $1.6 million to the
defenseman, keeping him for at least one more season with Vancouver.

just how much O’Brien loves the team — and especially the city — he’d
like to get a multi-year contract worked out as well. I’m sure the
Canucks will just wait and see how he performs this next season before
making any sort of commitment.

2010 NHL Free Agency: Ray Whitney to test the market

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Ray Whitney could be a interesting target once free agency starts on
Friday. He’s an experienced and still skilled forward who put up 58
points last season with Carolina.

While the Canes attempted to
reach an agreement with Whitney and his agent this past week, it looks
as though Whitney will be testing the market this summer.

GM Jim
Rutherford is still optimistic he signs with the Canes. Per Canes Now:

“We’re keeping the door open and hoping that he’ll come back to us,”
Rutherford said.

The team and Whitney’s agent were supposedly nowhere near close
financially on a potential deal, so now the Hurricanes hope that Whitney
isn’t overwhelmed by a better offer elsewhere. With the free agent
market not all that great this summer, it’s likely Whitney will find a
better deal with another team.