The Winnipeg Jets announced this afternoon that they’ve made qualifying offers to goaltender Eric Comrie, forwards Patrik Laine, Andrew Copp, Kyle Connor and to defensemen Nelson Nogier and Neal Pionk. Missing from the list of players receiving qualifying offers are Nathan Beaulieu, Marko Dano, Joe Morrow and AHLers Ken Appleby and Jimmy Oligny.
Despite not receiving qualifying offers, it’s important to make the distinction that these players are not necessarily being let go from the organization, rather they may still receive offers at a later date and at a lesser rate than their current contracts. This has been done in the past with players like Joe Morrow, and could likely be done again with defenseman Nathan Beaulieu.
In addition to today’s announcement of qualifying offers, the Jets have also released the 2019-2020 schedule, which includes a season opener with the New York Rangers on October 3rd, their home opener on October 10th with the Minnesota Wild and the Heritage Classic in Regina on October 26th. In addition to these notable dates, they will also face off in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche for the New Years Eve game. Promotional/special events days have not yet been announced.
If that wasn’t enough excitement in one day, it was also announced that Matt Hendricks has made the decision to retire from the NHL with the 2018-2019 season being his last. Over the course of his 11 year NHL career, Hendricks played for the Jets during the 2017-2018 season as well as 4 games in the 2018-2019 season after being acquired at the trade deadline in February. While his production left much to be desired, Hendricks is always talked about fondly as a great locker room guy, and someone the team enjoyed having around. He will be joining the Minnesota Wild’s player development program.