New York Qualifies Eight Players

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/25/2012 04:19:00 PM |
Islanders website reported the team has tendered qualifying offers to Sean Backman, Justin DiBenedetto, Mark Katic, Mikko Koskinen, Tomas Marcinko, Matt Martin, Rhett Rakhshani and Ty Wishart.

NYIFC Comments:
The Islanders retain NHL rights to all qualified players who signed with teams in Europe for 2012-13. 

About what I expected, a team selects no forward prospects at the draft, the future forward depth must be retained along with Wishart, who is capable of playing in the NHL.

Based upon this Yuri Alexandrov, Sean Backman, Tyler McNeely, Yannick Riendeau,, Tony Romano were not qualified, this does not mean the Islanders cannot revisit signing these players at some future date, simply they were not give a raise.

Alexandrov is an NHL-level player from dead line trades with Boston playing in the KHL, it's likely he was not qualified but perhaps not included in today's update.

Calgary Herald reports Blake Comeau was not qualified by the Flames.
Nashville Tennessean reports former Islander, Jack Hillen, who play the entire season for the Predators was not qualified.

Petteri Nokelainen was also not qualified.