The Los Angeles Kings will not qualify restricted free agents Steve Qualier, James Livingston and Jonathan Parker, who will become unrestricted free agents tomorrow.
Quailer, 24, had six points (3-3=6) in 19 games and one assist in four playoff games with AHL-Manchester after being acquired from Montreal in exchange for Robbie Czarnik. The 6-foot-4, 210 pound forward was originally selected in the third round of the 2008 draft by the Canadiens.
Livingston, 24, had eight points (4-4=8) in 14 games and was held scoreless in four playoff games with AHL-Manchester after being acquired from San Jose in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick in 2016. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound forward was originally selected in the third round of the 2008 draft by St. Louis.
Parker, a 22-year-old Solana Beach native and former Junior King, had six points (2-4=6) in seven games and one assist in two playoff games with ECHL-Ontario. The 5-foot-11, 192 pound forward was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by Buffalo in 2011 and was acquired by Los Angeles along with Brayden McNabb and two draft picks in the trade that sent Hudson Fasching and Nicolas Deslauriers to the Sabres.
With Quailer, Livingston and Parker not qualified, expect the Kings to qualify restricted free agents Dwight King, Brayden McNabb, Andy Andreoff and J.F. Berube.
UPDATE: King, McNabb, Andreoff and Berube have been qualified.
By qualifying a player, a team indicates its intention to maintain their rights. It’s explained well here by Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. Should any team sign King, Andreoff or Berube to an offer sheet (which in almost all certainty won’t happen), the Kings would have the ability to match the terms of the offer sheet or let the player walk while receiving compensation in the form of draft picks (with the draft picks being determined by the average annual value of the offer sheet).
The Kings are free to negotiate new contracts with King, Andreoff and Berube in this process.