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Ryan Olsen wasn't extended a qualifying offer by the Jets and will become an unrestricted free agent.

Impact

Olsen has yet to see action in a single NHL game, so the Jets felt he was expendable and will let him hit the open free agent market. He'll look to latch on with a team once free agency opens July 1, but he's unlikely to develop into a fantasy option considering his lack of games played previously.

Scott Kosmachuk wasn't extended a qualifying offer by the Jets and will become an unrestricted free agent.

Impact

Kosmachuk hasn't seen the ice at the NHL level since the 2015 season, spending the majority of his time with AHL Manitoba instead. After failing to impress the Jets' coaching brass, he'll now become an unrestricted free agent July 1, but Kosmachuk is unlikely to become a relevant fantasy option in the majority of leagues no matter where he ends up, considering his lack of a significant role.

Gustav Olofsson has agreed to a two-year, $1.45 million contract extension with the Wild.

Impact

Olofsson played a total of just 13 games with the Wild during the 2016 campaign, but at just 22 years old, they like the upside and want to keep him around for at least another season while working on his development. He'll need to earn a much bigger role during the upcoming season in order to become a relevant fantasy option, so at best, it will be a situation to monitor during training camp.

Adam Clendening wasn't extended a qualifying offer by the Rangers and will become an unrestricted free agent, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.

Impact

Clendening was a minimal contributor for the Rangers during the 2016 campaign, notching 11 points, 22 hits and 27 blocked shots over 31 games. The Rangers could renegotiate a new contract with Clendening over the next few days despite letting him go Monday, but he'll be able to entertain offers elsewhere as soon as free agency opens at the start of July.

Christian Folin (shoulder) wasn't extended a qualifying offer by the Wild and will become an unrestricted free agent, Frank Seravalli of TSN reports.

Impact

Folin took part in 51 games during the 2016 campaign, tallying six points, 69 hits and 59 blocked shots. He was largely used in a reserve capacity, however, which limited his overall fantasy upside. Folin has yet to rule out re-signing with the Wild as a free agent, but he'll be able to entertain other offers as soon as free agency opens at the start of July.

Henrik Samuelsson wasn't extended a qualifying offer by the Oilers and will become an unrestricted free agent, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.

Impact

Samuelsson was traded from the Coyotes to the Oilers in exchange for Mitchell Moroz back in February, but the Oilers have now decided to let the 23-year-old go. He's played just three career games in the NHL with Arizona back in 2014, but has since been relegated to the AHL. He'll likely remain off the fantasy radar even if he finds a suitor elsewhere.

David Musil wasn't extended a qualifying offer by the Oilers and will become an unrestricted free agent, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.

Impact

Musil failed to see the ice during the 2016 campaign with the Oilers, as he was instead held in AHL Bakersfield for the majority of the season. At just 24 years old, there's still some potential for improvement from Musil, but the Oilers don't see him in the future plans and will let him walk. Musil will look to latch on with another team ahead of training camp.

Taylor Fedun (ankle) signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Sabres on Monday.

Impact

Fedun played just 27 games for the Sabres during the 2016 campaign, notching seven points, seven hits and 20 blocked shots. He spent the majority of his time with Rochester in the AHL and could continue see plenty of action there after inking a two-way contract Monday. Fedun will need to see more ice time with Buffalo in order to become a viable fantasy option.

Tom Pyatt (ankle) signed a two-year contract extension with the Senators on Monday worth an average of $1.1 million per season, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.

Impact

Pyatt is coming off his first campaign with the Senators, where he played a full 82 games, posting 23 points (nine goals), 46 hits and 89 blocked shots. While he did miss a handful of postseason games with both an ankle and upper-body injury, the Senators clearly don't see them as long term issues and he should be good to go by the time training camp opens. Pyatt should continue to operate as a depth option, which may limit his overall upside.

Zack Kassian signed a three-year, $5.85 million extension with the Oilers on Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.

Impact

Kassian is coming off his second season in Edmonton, where he was able to put up career numbers of 201 hits and 16 blocked shots, while also tallying seven goals and 17 assists. His improvement nets him a deal worth an average of just under $2 million per season, which should lock him in on the wing for the foreseeable future.

Jonathan Racine was not extended a qualifying offer Monday by the Lightning and will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Impact

Racine has appeared in just one career NHL game with the Panthers back in 2013 and has since seen stints in the AHL for both the Rampage and Pirates. Racine was traded to Tampa Bay back in January, but he will now be on the open market once NHL free agency begins on July 1.

Dylan Blujus was not extended a qualifying offer Monday by the Lightning and will become an unrestricted free agent.

Impact

Blujus was drafted by the Lightning in 2012 but never saw the ice on the NHL level. He most recently played for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL in the 2015-16 season, where he totaled 19 points in 61 games played.

Jonas Gunnarsson was not extended a qualifying offer Monday by the Predators and will be an unrestricted free agent.

Impact

Gunnarson signed an entry-level contract last year with the Predators after having played his entire career in Sweden. He did not see the ice on either the NHL or AHL level last season and will be on the open market once free agency begins on July 1.

Jaynen Rissling was not extended a qualifying offer Monday by the Predators, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Impact

Rissling will officially be on the open market on July 1, when NHL free agency begins. Rissling last saw the ice in the AHL during the 2015-16 season, where he appeared in just 10 games for the Cincinnati Cyclones and scored one goal.

Mark McNeill signed a one-year, two-way contract Monday with the Stars.

Impact

McNeill appeared in just one game for Dallas last season, as he spent majority of the 2016-17 campaign in the AHL. In 79 AHL contests, he recorded a total of 39 points. McNeill could potentially see a larger role in the NHL this coming season, but he'll likely end up floating back and forth between the two leagues regardless with the signing of the two-way deal.

Esa Lindell signed a two-year $4.4 million extension Monday with the Stars.

Impact

Lindell appeared in 73 games for the Stars in his rookie season, recording six goals and 18 total points in that time, and given that he was protected by Dallas for the expansion draft, the team sees the defenseman as a key piece to the team's future. Look for the 23-year-old to take on a larger role in the 2017-18 season after an impressive rookie campaign.

Yanni Gourde signed a two-year, one-way contract Monday with the Lighting worth $2 million.

Impact

Gourde ended last season on a strong note with the Lightning and it has ultimately resulted in a new contract for the 25-year-old. In total, he played in 20 games for Tampa Bay last season and finished with six goals – five of which came in his last eight games. With his new deal, he'll look to take on an expanded role with the franchise in the 2017-18 season.

Antti Niemi was waived by the Stars on Monday and will be bought out of his remaining contract if he goes unclaimed, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Impact

Upon the Stars trading for the rights to Ben Bishop back in May, the expectation was that Niemi was going to be reduced to a backup role at best in the coming season. Now, Dallas is looking to get rid of the goaltender altogether in waiving him Monday morning. While it's unlikely, should a team claim Niemi off waivers, the Stars would be free and clear of his cap hit.

Andrej Sustr signed a one-year, $1.95 million deal Monday with the Lightning.

Impact

With the signing, the 26-year-old will spend at least one more season in Tampa Bay after a 2016-17 campaign where he appeared in 80 games. The defenseman scored three goals and recorded 14 total points in that time, as Sustr established himself as a defense-first player for the Lightning with few scoring opportunities, leaving him as a poor fantasy asset.

Korbinian Holzer agreed Sunday with the Ducks on a two-year, $1.8 million contract extension, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

Impact

With only 10 points in 61 games with Anaheim the last two seasons, Holzer hasn't generated much fantasy appeal, but he performed well enough in a depth role on defense to earn a new deal from the club. It's likely that he'll function as a third-pairing option or healthy scratch once again in 2017-18.