Apr 25, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Derek Joslin (38) is boarded by Anaheim Ducks right wing Emerson Etem (65) during the second period at Rogers Arenahe Anaheim Ducks won 3-1.Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks Do Not Qualify Joslin, Rai, and Schneider

The Vancouver Canucks did not issue qualifying offers to pending restricted free agents Derek Joslin, Prab Rai, and Stefan Schneider. The trio will be unrestricted free agents on July 5.

The Canucks had until today to issue a qualifying offer to retain their rights. A qualifying offer would have involved some form of a pay raise.

Joslin, 26, spent most of the season with the Canucks minor league affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. He was re-assigned to the Worcester Sharks by the Canucks at the AHL trade deadline.

After the Sharks were eliminated from AHL playoff contention, Joslin was recalled by the Canucks to serve as depth for the regular season stretch drive and playoffs. He played in two games, logging 15:01 and 18:58 respectively, with a minus-2 rating.

Joslin’s qualifying offer salary was set at $735,000, which is expensive for an AHL regular and borderline NHL player. The Canucks may still have interest re-signing him at a salary closer to the league minimum salary of $550,000.

It comes as no surprise neither Rai and Schneider were qualified. Both players were signed as “project” players and neither have shown NHL potential in the three seasons as a member of the Canucks organization. Their spots on the Canucks reserve lists will be better utilized on other players.

Rai has shown flashes of potential in the preseason and in the Young Stars Tournament, but hasn’t been unable to overcome a back injury stemming from a car accident in 2010. He has managed to play in only 51 professional games during his three years in the organization.

Schneider has only picked up eight goals and 12 assists in 127 AHL games during his three years in the Canucks organization, but that doesn’t tell the story completely. He’s a defensive specialist and isn’t projected to be a top-nine forward.  The Canucks likely didn’t seen enough upside in him to warrant a qualifying offer.

The other big, defensive centre in the organization is Kellan Lain. One in the organization was probably enough for the Canucks.

Lain along with Darren Archibald, Anton RodinYann SauveJordan SchroederBill SweattChris Tanev, and Dale Weise all received their qualifying offers.

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