Kucherov, Killorn among those receiving qualifying offers
The Lightning issued qualifying offers Monday to most of their remaining restricted free agents, including wings Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn.
Vladislav Namestnikov, Kristers Gudlevskis, Nikita Nesterov, Tye McGinn, Yanni Gourde also received qualifying offers.
Teams had until 5 p.m. Monday to give qualifying offers, otherwise the players would become unrestricted free agents.
The Lightning still has to sign these players, Kucherov, Killorn and Namestnikov no doubt top priorities. Kucherov wiill get a big bump from his $700,000 salary, and is the one most likely to get an offer sheet from another team. Other teams can start talking to RFAs on Tuesday.
Tampa Bay already signed RFAs J.T. Brown. Cedric Paquette and Luke Witkowski over the weekend. The agents for Kucherov, Killorn and Namestnikov said they planned to be in touch with Tampa Bay this week.