I think it's phony. Seriously, what team offers him that kind of deal and when he turns it down says "you know what, we really don't want you, so we won't be tendering you a qualifying offer". Doesn't make any sense. I think what really happened was the Sens saw what his previous teams saw. He's not an NHL caliber player. And rather than qualify him and retain his rights, decide it was best to cut bait now. Ryan Spooner prior to his final NHL season was historically as productive a player, and one bad unproductive season and he found himself KHL bound. Duclair's scoring in the 2nd half was awful, and he had less of a history than Spooner of being capable of producing points. I hope the Duke can speak Russian.