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Lightning qualify three players, let three others walk


The Tampa Bay Lightning extended qualifying offers to three players while letting three others hit the unrestricted free agent market on Monday.

Players who were qualified

Mark Barberio (pictured)
J.T. Brown
Dan Sexton

Players who were not qualified

Benoit Pouliot
Alex Hutchings
Brendan Mikkelson

Pouliot, 26, stands out because he was the fourth pick of the 2005 NHL Draft by Minnesota. Barberio played two games for Tampa Bay last season, Brown played five for the Bolts in 2011-12 and Sexton was a fairly regular fixture with the Anaheim Ducks before being traded.

The deadline for NHL teams to qualify players is Tuesday, so expect quite a few of these announcements (with plenty of depth players becoming free agents).