Michael Frolik, Chris Campoli and Viktor Stalberg all received qualifying offers by Monday’s 4pm deadline as expected.
One player who did not is center Jake Dowell. According to Dowell’s agent Neil Sheehy in a report by ESPNChicago.com, the Blackhawks chose not to tender the Blackhawks center a standard qualifying offer, thus setting Dowell up for unrestricted free agency on July 1st.
The Hawks are looking to upgrade their fourth line and Monday’s news would appear to indicate Dowell is another odd man out. To retain Dowell’s rights, the Hawks would have needed to make him a “qualifying” offer of one year and $605,000.
It’s also important to note that Dowell was scheduled to be tested for Huntington’s disease this spring, a condition both his father and brother suffer from. There have been plans in the works by the Blackhawks to hold a Huntington’s benefit this upcoming season.
The qualifying offers to Frolik, Campoli and Stalberg essentially give the team right of first refusal in the upcoming free agent negotiation period. The players can choose to accept the Hawks’ offers, seek an offer sheet from another club, walk away (as in go play in Europe) or continue negotiating with the Hawks on a new deal. The one-year qualifying offer secures the player’s rights, preventing them from entering the open market unconditionally this coming Friday.
The offers tendered to the abovementioned are such: