The Lightning extended qualifying offers to forward Ryan Craig and defensemen Jay Rosehill and Justin Fletcher, ensuring the team can match any outside contract offers for the restricted free agents. The team did not extend offers to goalies Jonathan Boutin and Ryan Munce, defensemen Mike Egener and Mario Scalzo and forwards Marek Kvapil and Zbynek Hrdel, each of whom will be unrestricted free agents on July 1.
The most interesting name there is Mike Egener. Believed a lock for the NHL when he was drafted 34th overall in 2003, injuries and a resulting lack of confidence did not allow him to advance or develop as hoped. The Lightning tried to jump-start his progress last season by switching him to forward, but, again, injuries slowed Egener down.