Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said today that the team made qualifying offers to all of its potential restricted free agents before today's 5 p.m. league deadline except minor league goaltender Jordan Parise.
Parise, the older brother of Devils left wing Zach Parise, underwent season-ending hip surgery this winter. He will now become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but Lamoriello said, 'This doesn't necessarily mean he won't be back."
Among those receiving qualifying offers were right wing David Clarkson, center Rod Pelley, defenseman Olli Malmivaara and minor league centers Petr Vrana and Ivan Khomutov. Lamoriello said the team qualified Malmivaara to maintain his NHL rights, though he has already signed to play in Finland next season.
**Also, I asked Lamoriello about 2007 draft pick Matt Halischuk today and he said that Halischuk would not be eligible to play in Lowell in 2008-09, though he did turn 20 earlier this month. He didn't have time to explain the exact reasons why, but said that Halischuk would still have to go back to junior for another year-- unless he makes the NHL team. If I get the exact explanation from Lamoriello at a later date, I will pass it along. The Devils have yet to sign Halischuk to an entry-level deal.