The Flyers announced they have extended qualifying offers to defensemen Erik Gustafsson and Brandon Manning along with forwards Jason Akeson and Tye McGinn. Gustafsson had signed a deal with Avangard Omsk of the KHL so extending a qualifying offer retains his NHL rights with the Flyers. An interesting player not qualified is goaltender Cal Heeter who will become an unrestricted free agent tomorrow.
Gustafsson, 25, played in a career-high 31 games this season for the Flyers scoring twice and registering eight assists. He lacks ideal size (5'10", 180 lbs.) but is a quick, puck-moving defenseman who plays solid on a third-pairing. The Flyers seem to be lukewarm towards Gustafsson as they opted to play Hal Gil over him in Game 5 against the Rangers when Nicklas Grossmann went down with an ankle injury. Gustafsson eventually played in Game 6 and scored a big goal to force a Game 7against New York.
Akeson, 24, played in the last game of the regular season for the Flyers registering one assist. He played in all seven playoff games for the Flyers making an impact scoring two goals, including the only Game Seven goal, and adding an assist. In 70 games for the Phantoms last season, Akeson scored 24 goals and added 40 assists for 64 points.
McGinn, 23, played in 18 games last season for the Flyers scoring four goals and adding an assists for five points. In 54 games for the Phantoms, McGinn scored 20 goals and added 15 assists for 35 points.
Manning, 24, appeared in six games for the Flyers in 2012-13 registering two assists. In 73 games for the Phantoms last season, the defenseman score eight goals and added 23 assists for 31 points.
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