The LA Kings have submitted qualifying offers to four of their remaining RFAs.
The @LAKings have extended qualifying offers to the following players:— LA Kings PR (@LAKingsPR) July 11, 2022
Mikey Anderson, D
Jaret Anderson-Dolan, F
Sean Durzi, D
Gabriel Vilardi, F
Forwards Brendan Lemieux, Johan Sodergran, and Vladimir Tkachev are all headed to unrestricted free agency as they did not receive their QOs. Sodergran and Tkachev have already signed contracts to play in Europe next season, whereas Lemieux will be off looking for a new contract and possibly a new team.
If the players who have been qualified were to accept their offers, they would have the AAVs as follows:
Sean Durzi: two way deal, $787,500 (NHL level), $73,500 (AHL level)
Mikey Anderson: two way deal, $874,125 (NHL level), $73,500 (AHL level)
Jaret Anderson-Dolan: two way deal, $787,500 (NHL level), $73,500 (AHL level)
Gabriel Vilardi: two way deal, $874,125 (NHL level), $73,500 (AHL level)
All of these would be one-year deals and will end in RFA status.
Anderson-Dolan and Vilardi may be expected to accept their offers, but we can expect some more discussions between Anderson and Durzi to continue as they both were key parts of the LA Kings this past year.
A path for Lemieux to stay a King
As of now, Brendan Lemieux is an unrestricted free agent and is available to sign with any team on July 13th, but don’t count him out of the LA Kings quite yet as it’s been reported that the LA Kings will make an attempt to bring back the grinder.
Even though Brendan Lemieux wasn’t qualified by the #LAKings, there’s still a chance he remains there. Contract talks ongoing.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 11, 2022
The contract extension, if it happens, will very likely be below his qualifying offer of $1.65m. The term wouldn’t be as clear as the money, though.