The St. Louis Blues made qualifying offers to retain the rights to five of their free agents, including forwards Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka, Sergei Andronov and Sebastian Wannstrom and defenseman David Shields.
Schwartz was fourth in the Blues in scoring last season as the 22-year-old winger produced 25 goals and 56 points. He also had a goal and three points in six playoff games.
The versatile Sobotka set career highs in goals (nine), points (33), assists (24), plus-minus rating (plus-14) and penalty minutes (72).
Andronov, 24, had 13 goals and 26 points in 53 games last season for the Blues' American Hockey League farm club, the Chicago Wolves.
The 23-year-old Shields had five goals and 15 points in 55 games with the Wolves. Wannstrom, also 23, had five goals and 10 points in 37 games with the Wolves. He had three goals and five points in four games with the East Coast Hockey League's Kalamazoo Wings.
Among the team's unrestricted free agents are defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and forwards Steve Ott, Brendan Morrow and Derek Roy.