Bruins restricted free agents Blake Wheeler, Mark Stuart and Vladimir Sobotka have received their qualifying offers from the team. These offers, which are 100 percent or more of the players’ 2009-10 salary depending on how much the player made last season, give the Bruins the right of first refusal against offer sheets after free agency opens July 1.
Wheeler and Stuart also have arbitration rights at their disposal, which they could activate shortly after free agency opens.
Stuart, 26, carried a $1.3 million cap hit, while battling through the first injury-plagued season of his career. Wheeler, 23, carried a base cap hit of $875,000, which could have increased with bonuses. Sobotka, 22, was a $750,000 cap hit for the Bruins. He underwent postseason shoulder surgery and is now rehabilitating in Boston. Sobotka’s agent Petr Svoboda says Sobotka is ahead of schedule and hopes to re-sign with the Bruins.
The deadline for issuing qualifying offers is June 28. Other Bruins restricted free agents are Daniel Paille, Adam McQuaid, Mikko Lehtonen, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Jeff Lovecchio and Kevin Regan. Players that aren’t issue qualifying offers are eligible for unrestricted free agency July 1.