The Florida Panthers started the process of signing their restricted free agents making qualifying offers to six players. Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias were among the players to receive an offer while Peter Mueller and Jack Skille were not. GM Dale Tallon indicated that the Panthers would still like to re-sign Mueller but it has to be at the right price. Jack Skille will not be re-signed by the Panthers.
On the arbitration eligible Mueller, Tallon said, ““We’re still negotiating with him and would like to keep him. It’s just what the right price is as far as our budget is concerned. We’re fearful if he went to arbitration, we might not be able to afford it.”
Tallon cited a need to move on as an organization as the reason for letting Skille go saying, “We can’t sit still as a team that was last overall. We need to make some changes, have to shake things up.”