The Ducks did not tender a qualifying offer to Pirri on Monday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Pirri, Matt Bailey, Martin Gernat, Kevin Gagne and Charlie Sarault were among the Ducks not receiving qualifying offers by Monday's deadline, thus automatically becoming unrestricted free agents. The 25-year-old Pirri swapped his Panthers sweater for Duck threads at the trade deadline last February, though he only ended up dressing for nine regular-season games with the quackers due to an upper-body injury. He was quite effective when he did lace up for Anaheim, scoring three goals to complement a pair of helpers. There's bound to be interest in Pirri on the open market due to his natural ability to find twine. Remember when he potted 22 goals in 49 games with the Panthers? Yeah, that was only two seasons ago.
Pirri finished the 2015-16 season with 14 goals, 15 assists, 30 PIM and a minus-4 rating in 61 games played this season. Pirri was acquired by the Ducks from the Panthers on February 29, and the 25-year-old center suited up in nine games for Anaheim. In those nine games, he averaged almost 13 minutes a night and tallied three goals and two assists. Pirri was on a two-year contract when he came down to Southern California and will be a restricted free agent once free agency hits this summer. He suffered an upper body injury during his stint with the Ducks, so he wasn't able to exactly show everyone what his true worth is. With the Ducks having a surplus of centers, it is likely that Pirri won't be back in a Ducks uniform this fall.
Pirri (upper body) has yet to resume skating with his teammates, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Pirri was originally expected to return to game action at some point during the Ducks' first-round matchup with Nashville, but it appears as though that may no longer be the case. Anaheim will hope to have the 25-year-old forward back in the lineup as soon as possible, as he was playing well before going down with an upper-body injury on April 1, notching five points (three goals, two assists) in his last five games. Those keeping tabs on the Ontario native's availability can expect an update on his status once he's able to return to practice with his teammates.
Pirri (upper body) appears in line to miss Sunday's Game 2 matchup with the Predators. There've been no updates on the winger lately suggesting he's nearing a return, and the projected lineup suggests he will miss the contest. Unless something drastically changes before puck drop, it's reasonable to assume he will miss his second straight postseason game. Pirri's next chance to dress would then come Tuesday for Game 3 against the Predators but the team should provide further updates on his status ahead of his return.
There's been no mention of the Pirri (upper body) ahead of Friday's Game 1 matchup with the Predators and he's not listed in the projected lineup. Pirri is expected to rejoin the lineup at some point during the first round series against the Predators, but there's no clear indication of when that will occur. It's safe to assume that he won't play Friday, but the team should further update his status as he draws closer to a return. Assuming he's out, the 25-year-old forward's next chance would come Sunday, though there's nothing suggesting that will be the case either.
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