It’s often said “no news is good news”, though the past few weeks leading up to July 1st (and today’s 5p deadline concerning restricted free agents) fans and enemies alike were squirming at the lack of updates the St. Louis Blues were releasing regarding TJ Oshie’s contract. Fans collectively sighed a breath of relief this afternoon as the Blues sent qualifying offers to 3 players including Oshie. Forward Ryan Reaves and Goaltender Ben Bishop were also sent qualifying offers this afternoon; information regarding the QO’s of all three players was released at the same time today. In offering qualifying offers to free agents, the Blues assure that they retain the rights to each player as they become restricted free agents. Had these qualifying offers not been made the Blues risked having Reaves, Bishop and Oshie shift to unrestricted free agents come Friday, July 1st, giving other teams the chance to pick up where our team had left off and take these players as their own.The only issue with qualifying offers is that players have the option to reject the QO offered to them, which would also place them in the restricted free agent column.
Blues fans have a lot to be excited about with each player extended a qualifying offer today. Oshie exhibited stupendous healing power this past season and went on to score 23 points after his healing hiatus. Ben Bishop made a statement in his short time up with the Blues after Halak was out for injuries. Bishop, a native St. Louisan (always makes the deals sweeter when they’re homegrown), notched a .899 save percentage in his seven games with the Note. Reaves has an exuberant and fantastic attitude and a great role player to have on the roster. In his 28 games with the Blues he recorded 4 points and made many fans during his fights and overall display of athleticism. Many expect Reaves to fill the hole that Janssen leaves behind as Reaves is a cantankerous fighter on the ice and an admirable, approachable player off ice.