The Montreal Canadiens announced Friday that they have submitted qualifying offers to six restricted free agents, including Alex Newhook and Rafaël Harvey-Pinard.
Forwards Jesse Ylönen, Lucas Condotta and Mitchell Stephens as well as defender Nicolas Beaudin also received a qualifying offer. For their part, forwards Joël Teasdale and Denis Gurianov did not get any offers.
Newhook, acquired Tuesday from the Colorado Avalanche, had 14 goals and 16 assists in 82 games last season. In return, the Habs sent a 2023 first-round (31st overall) and second-round (37th overall) pick.
For his part, Harvey-Pinard was the revelation at the Canadiens last season. The Saguenay native has amassed 20 points (14 goals, 6 assists) in 34 games with the club. He also scored 16 goals and added 15 assists in 40 games with the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League.
Ylönen played 37 games with the Canadiens last season, a career-high in the NHL. The 23-year-old striker benefited from the Canadiens’ heavy medical toll to get minutes with the first team. He had six goals and 10 assists with CH.
Condotta, Stephens and Beaudin played most of last season with the Laval Rocket.
Even though Gurianov and Teasdale haven’t received an offer, they could return with the Canadiens next season.
In the case of the 26-year-old Russian winger, the qualifying offer had to be a minimum of 2.9 million. It must have been at least $787,500 for Teasdale.
Both players will become unrestricted free agents Saturday noon when the free agent market opens. For Gurianov specifically, he could renegotiate his lower salary with the Canadian, if ever the two clans are open to this idea.