The Bruins extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents Jack Ahcan, Matt Filipe, and Jack Studnicka before Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney confirmed.
In its simplest form, the Black and Gold’s qualifying offers to all three mean that the rights of all three players will remain with the Bruins and allow Boston to negotiate a contract.
Of the three, the case of the 23-year-old Studnicka is certainly the most interesting one to watch.
Deployed for 15 games last season, Studnicka recorded three assists and 21 shots on goal, and has an NHL resume featuring one goal and seven points, along with 52 shots and a 48.1 faceoff percentage, in 37 games played. Providence has been a different story for the 2017 second-round pick, however, as he’s thrived to the tune of 34 goals and 96 points in 117 games.
But where things get interesting for the B’s is that Studnicka is officially out of minor-league options and will be eligible for waivers this upcoming season. Or, in other words, it’s make or break time when it comes him sticking with Boston.
Ahcan, meanwhile, was extended a qualifying offer after a 2021-22 campaign that included six goals and 23 points in 46 games with Providence, along with a goal in a six-game NHL cameo. The 5-foot-9 defenseman could find himself in an NHL role out of the gate in 2022-23 with Matt Grzelcyk slated to miss the first two months of the season.
In the case of Filipe, the 24-year-old will most likely stick with the organization after scoring seven goals and 17 points in 59 games this past season. Filipe, a Massachusetts native who signed with the Bruins in Aug. 2020, was originally a 2016 third-round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes and played his college hockey at Northeastern.
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