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Jordan Binnington was extended a qualifying offer by the Blues, Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Impact

He's only played in one NHL game, entering in relief and letting in one goal on four shots. The 23-year-old Binnington has had several mediocre seasons in the AHL, He's a young, talented goaltender who's still adjusting to the game at a professional level, and he'll be ready to compete with Luke Opilka for a backup position once Carter Hutton's contract expires.

The Stars acquired veteran defenseman Marc Methot in a trade Monday, and he could pair with John Klingberg on the team's top defensive pairing.

Impact

The addition could be a boon to Klingberg, as Methot has already proven himself to be a nice counterbalance for an offensive-minded defenseman. After pairing with Erik Karlsson in recent seasons, he could be a perfect mentor and partner for the 24-year-old Klingberg, who shouldered a lot of responsibility for Dallas last year and saw his offensive production suffer as a result. Methot might be able to help Klingberg open up his game again and become one of the NHL's top scoring threats from the blue line.

The Stars bought out goaltender Antti Niemi on Tuesday, leaving Ben Bishop as the starter and just one backup behind him.

Impact

Having both Kari Lehtonen and Niemi on the roster wouldn't have affected Bishop's starter status. However, having three goaltenders often creates confusion and problems in unexpected ways. Bishop will thus avoid any potential issues that might have arisen, as he's the team's clear No. 1, with Lehtonen occupying a backup role.

With Tuesday's buyout of Antti Niemi, it's now clear that Kari Lehtonen will be the Stars' backup goaltender this season.

Impact

The Stars had a problem in net with three goaltenders on one-way contracts. Lehtonen seemed like the obvious choice to be the backup behind Ben Bishop, but it wasn't clear how things would shake out. With the buyout of Niemi, it's clear Lehtonen won't be shipped out or sharing backup duties. Nonetheless, the 33-year-old posted a .902 save percentage through 59 games last year, so his fantasy value isn't high.

Petteri Lindbohm was extended a qualifying offer by the Blues, Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Impact

Lindbohm hasn't played much in the big leagues lately, and he hasn't recorded a point since the 2014-15 season. In AHL Chicago last year, he only put up eight goals and 16 points in 52 games, but the Blues know he'll be cheap, so hanging onto the young talent is an easy decision.

The Stars bought out the final year of Antti Niemi's contract Tuesday.

Impact

Niemi is this a free agent, and it remains to be seen what kind of job he'll get now. Reports indicated the Stars had trouble finding a trade partner, so there might not be much work out there for the 33-year-old netminder. He finished last season with an .892 save percentage through 37 games.

Colton Parayko received a qualifying offer by the Blues, Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Impact

After he posted 33 and then 35 points in his first two seasons, there's no way the Blues wouldn't give themselves the chance to match the best offer Parayko receives. The 24-year-old is due for big money this summer, as he's been a valuable asset on both ends of the ice, posting a combined plus-35 rating over his first two seasons and clocking significant power-play minutes. The St. Louis blue line is solidified by his 6-foot-5, 214-pound frame, so expect any offer that comes across the table to be matched.

Brandon Tanev was issued a qualifying offer by the Jets on Monday.

Impact

Although Tanev played in just 51 games with Winnipeg this past season, he figures to take on a bigger role in 2017-18, which is no doubt why the team decided to tender him an offer. The 25-year-old registered just four points in those NHL appearances while averaging 10:41 of ice time per game. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect a huge uptick in scoring, but don't be surprised if his ice time starts to creep up over the course of the 2017-18 campaign.

Oskar Sundqvist was extended a qualifying offer by the Blues, Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Impact

After picking Sundqvist up in a draft-day trade, St. Louis is making sure it keeps the 23-year-old center around. Sundqvist hasn't proven that he's an NHL-ready center yet, but a solid summer with the Blues could change some minds. He scored 20 goals and 46 points in 66 games for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season, so it's obvious that his long-term potential is something general manager Doug Armstrong wants to hold onto.

Magnus Paajarvi was extended a qualifying offer by the Blues, Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Impact

When head coach Mike Yeo took full control of the program in February, he liked the consistent fire that Paajarvi added nightly, and he made sure in March that the Swede would be with the big club for the remainder of the season. The 26-year-old winger then played in 37 of the campaign's final 40 games, totaling eight goals – including the series-clincher against Minnesota – and 15 points with a plus-10 rating. Even with the eventual reemergence of Robby Fabbri (knee), Paajarvi should be suiting up for the Notes in nearly every game next season.

J.C. Lipon was tendered a qualifying offer by Winnipeg on Monday.

Impact

Lipon spent the entire 2016-17 campaign with AHL Manitoba and has just nine NHL games under his belt, but the club appears willing to meet the one-year, $715,000 qualifying number in order to retain his rights. In each of his last two minor-league seasons, the winger has recorded 30 points – production that doesn't quite match his three 100-plus-point years in the WHL. Where the 23-year-old starts out this upcoming season will largely depend on his performance at training camp this fall.

The Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Ryan Spooner, CSN New England reports.

Impact

While it remains to be seen whether Spooner is in the Bruins' long-term plans, the team has predictably retained his rights after protecting him in the recent expansion draft. There's plenty of speculation that the 25-year-old forward will be moved in advance of the 2017-18 season and we suspect there will be a fair degree of interest in Spooner, who brings speed and a knack for playmaking to the table. The 2010 second-rounder is coming off a 2016-17 campaign in which he recorded 11 goals and 39 points in 78 games for the Bruins.

Beau Bennett didn't receive a qualifying offer by the Devils and thus can become an unrestricted free agent Saturday, The Bergen Record reports.

Impact

Like several other first-round draft picks (Joe Morrow, Mikhail Grigorenko), Bennett received word Monday that he wouldn't be extended a contract offer by his current team. Drafted 20th overall by Pittsburgh in 2010, the California native's 19 points and 101 shots on goal last season (his first in New Jersey) were actually career highs, but leave much to be desired – especially from a fantasy perspective. He shouldn't have trouble landing a deal with another organization, though, given his pedigree and the fact he's still just 25 years old.

The Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Zane McIntyre, CSN New England reports.

Impact

As is the case with fellow netminding prospect Malcolm Subban, McIntyre is slated to become a restricted free agent. By qualifying the duo, the B's will retain their rights, which sets the stage for McIntyre and Subban to continue to battle for slotting on the team's goaltender depth chart behind NHLers Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin. While McIntyre hasn't enjoyed great results in his stints with the big club to date, he's coming off another strong effort with AHL Providence in which he logged a 21-6-1 record with a 2.03 GAA and .930 save percentage over the course of 31 regular-season contests in 2016-17.

Patrick Wiercioch wasn't extended a qualifying offer by the Avalanche, making him eligible for unrestricted free agency Saturday, The Denver Post reports.

Impact

The blueliner got into 57 games last year – his first in Colorado after spending his first five NHL seasons with Ottawa – and recorded 12 points to go with a hideous minus-18 rating. Wiercioch didn't offer any redeeming stats (52 hits, 57 blocks, 62 shots) to make up for the lack of offensive production, so regardless of where he signs this summer, he'll still be miles off the fantasy radar.

The Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Malcolm Subban, CSN New England reports.

Impact

The Bruins thus retain their rights to Subban, who is slated to become a restricted free agent. The 2012 first-rounder is coming off a 2016-17 season in which he logged an 11-14-1 record with a 2.41 GAA and .917 save percentage in 32 regular-season outings with AHL Providence. At this stage of his career, Subban continues to jostle for slotting on the Bruins' organizational goaltending depth chart with fellow prospect Zane McIntyre. At the NHL level, Tuukka Rask is signed for the next four seasons, while veteran backup Anton Khudobin is under contract for one more campaign.

Andrew Copp was extended a qualifying offer by the Jets on Monday.

Impact

While Copp's productivity won't jump off the page – nine goals and eight helpers – his depth scoring is enough for the Jets to offer him a one-year deal at $874,125. The winger will have until July 15 to put pen to paper before salary arbitration would take place. Additionally, the two sides can continue negotiating a long-term deal, although it seems doubtful that Winnipeg would be willing to go much beyond $1 million in annual value for a bottom-six role player.

Connor Hellebuyck was given a qualifying offer by the Jets on Monday.

Impact

Winnipeg will likely work with Hellebuyck to secure him on a long-term deal rather than have him sign the one-year, $660,000 qualifying offer. The organization likely doesn't want to enter the 2017-18 campaign without its No. 1 netminder locked up. Fans and fantasy owners alike will be looking for the 24-year-old to step up and become the starter they have long believed he could be. An improvement on his 2.89 GAA and .907 save percentage would go a long way toward getting the Jets back in the playoffs next season.

Mark Alt signed a one-year contract with the Flyers on Tuesday.

Impact

Although he's only played in one NHL game, the 25-year-old will stay in Philadelphia for at least one more year. He'll likely continue spending most of his time in the AHL, where he's recorded 40 points over the past three seasons. Alt's best opportunity for ice time will come if Nick Schultz and Michael Del Zotto sign with other clubs once free agency opens July 1, which they're fully expected to do.

Kenney Morrison was not extended a qualifying offer by the Flames, the team announced Monday.

Impact

Despite logging 51 outings with AHL Stockton this past season, Morrison tallied a mere 12 points – a far cry from the 0.47 points per game he averaged during his collegiate career with Western Michigan University. At this point, if the 25-year-old wants to continue playing professionally, he will have to either ink a minor-league deal or head overseas.