The Flyers’ rather expensive corps of defensemen is about to get a tad more expensive this week with the club handing out a qualifying offer to pending restricted free agent Erik Gustafsson.
Gustafsson’s one-year qualifier is for $850,000, if he plays for the Flyers and $67,500 if he goes to the AHL’s Phantoms, according to a league source.
His game rose considerably last season with the Flyers -- his ice time increased by four minutes to an average of 20 minutes a night.
Were it not for a difficult-to-find fracture in his right leg last winter, Gustafsson would have played the entire lockout-shortened season instead of just 27 games.
The Flyers came into the week with approximately $33.2 million committed to their blue line, according to Capgeek.com.
Other qualifying offers were:
• Defenseman Oliver Lauridsen, who performed very well in the later part of the season as an injury call-up, was given an offer of $643,500 ($65,000 minors)
• Fellow defensive call-up Brandon Manning got $715,000 ($65,000)
• Forward Eric Wellwood, one of the fastest skaters in the organization who continues to recover from a gruesome skate injury, remains at $594,000 ($65,000).
Wellwood is many months away from playing competitively again.
Flyers forward Ruslan Fedotenko, who was not going to be re-signed, agreed to a contract with the KHL's Donbass today, according to a league release.