2011 free agents list: The restricted version

(Want a list of the unrestricted free agents? Click here. You might also find it relevant to consult this post about 2011 compensation for offer sheets.)

When it comes to dreaming up scenarios with the hottest unrestricted free agents, it’s really all about whether or not you think your team can afford them. In the case of restricted ones, offer sheets, arbitration hearings and qualifying offers make things a little more complicated.

To keep it simple, here is a list of some of the most relevant restricted free agents. We’ll use a strike-thru to note players who entered salary arbitration, so you can adjust your daydreaming accordingly.

Top 50 restricted forwards (For the full list, click here.)

(Note: Forwards listed in order of previous cap hit after Steven Stamkos and Zach Parise because I mean … come on.)

Steven Stamkos TBL 21 $3,725,000
Zach Parise NJD 26 $3,125,000
Tyler Bozak TOR 25 $3,725,000
Kyle Turris PHO 21 $2,695,833
Andrew Ladd WIN 25 $2,350,000
Ryan Callahan NYR 26 $2,300,000
Blake Wheeler WIN 24 $2,200,000
Steve Bernier FLA 26 $2,000,000
Brandon Dubinsky NYR 25 $1,850,000
Mikkel Boedker PHO 21 $1,725,000
Josh Bailey NYI 21 $1,725,000
Michael Frolik CHI 23 $1,275,000
T.J. Oshie STL 24 $1,275,000
Jakub Voracek PHI 21 $1,270,833
Brandon Sutter CAR 22 $1,225,000
Viktor Tikhonov PHO 23 $1,175,000
Clarke MacArthur TOR 26 $1,100,000
Daniel Carcillo PHI 26 $1,075,000
Troy Brouwer WAS 25 $1,025,000
Andrew Cogliano EDM 24 $1,000,000
Jamie McGinn SAN 22 $996,667
Nicklas Bergfors FLA 24 $900,000
Brad Richardson LAK 26 $900,000
Bobby Butler OTT 24 $900,000
Nick Spaling NAS 22 $891,667
Oscar Moller LAK 22 $875,000
T.J. Galiardi COL 23 $875,000
Ryan White MTL 23 $850,000
Vladimir Zharkov NJD 23 $850,000
Nathan Gerbe BUF 23 $850,000
Viktor Stalberg CHI 25 $850,000
David Jones COL 26 $837,500
Jannik Hansen VAN 25 $825,000
Brad Marchand BOS 23 $821,667
Wayne Simmonds PHI 22 $821,667
Rob Schremp WIN 24 $750,750
Ted Purcell TBL 25 $750,000
Tyler Kennedy PIT 24 $725,000
Darroll Powe MIN 26 $725,000
Lauri Korpikoski PHO 24 $700,000
Blake Comeau NYI 25 $650,000
Anthony Stewart WIN 26 $632,500
Patrick O’Sullivan MIN 26 $600,000
Mike Santorelli FLA 25 $600,000
Victor Oreskovich VAN 24 $575,000
Cal O’Reilly NAS 24 $562,500
Sergei Kostitsyn NAS 24 $550,000
Matt D’Agostini STL 24 $550,000
Jake Dowell CHI 26 $525,000
Brian Boyle NYR 26 $525,000

Top 25 restricted defensemen (For the full list, click here.)

Shea Weber NAS 25 $4,500,000
Drew Doughty LAK 21 $3,475,000
Zach Bogosian WIN 20 $3,375,000
Luke Schenn TOR 21 $2,975,000
Anton Stralman CLB 24 $1,950,000
Matt Gilroy NYR 26 $1,750,000
Karl Alzner WAS 22 $1,675,000
Chris Campoli CHI 26 $1,400,000
Ladislav Smid EDM 25 $1,300,000
Keith Yandle PHO 24 $1,200,000
Ty Wishart NYI 23 $1,121,667
Josh Gorges MTL 26 $1,100,000
Marc Methot CLB 26 $1,012,500
Andrej Sekera BUF 25 $1,000,000
Ryan O’Byrne COL 26 $941,667
Yannick Weber MTL 22 $875,000
Boris Valabik BOS 25 $762,500
Mike Lundin TBL 26 $750,000
Kyle Cumiskey COL 24 $600,000
Matt Lashoff TOR 24 $550,000
Theo Peckham EDM 23 $550,000
Mike Weber BUF 23 $550,000
Jack Hillen NYI 25 $525,000
Matt Smaby TBL 26 $525,000
Marc-Andre Gragnani BUF 24 $500,000

Top 10 restricted goalies (For the full list, click here.)

Leland Irving CGY 23 $1,193,333
Ben Scrivens TOR 24 $900,000
Ben Bishop STL 24 $893,333
Jhonas Enroth BUF 23 $866,667
Brian Elliott COL 26 $850,000
Alex Stalock SAN 23 $850,000
Chad Johnson NYR 25 $850,000
Semyon Varlamov WAS 23 $821,667
Riku Helenius TBL 23 $821,667
Tyler Plante FLA 24 $687,500

Oilers say McDavid ‘ahead of schedule’ in broken clavicle recovery

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There hasn’t been much good news for the Oilers lately — Connor McDavid‘s hurt, Nail Yakupov‘s hurt, they’ve lost seven of their last nine — so what GM Peter Chiarelli had to say on Thursday qualified as very welcome news.

“He’s ahead of schedule,” Chiarelli said of Connor McDavid and his broken clavicle, per Sportsnet. “He’s been in the pool, been lifting weights… There are no soft tissue injuries, which is important.

“When you get a break like that, oftentimes there is accompanying soft tissue injuries. That slows down the recovery.”

McDavid, who suffered the injury on Nov. 3 against Philly, was originally supposed to be sidelined until early March. But per Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, there’s cautious optimism the star rookie could be back in the Edmonton lineup by “mid-to-late January.”

But even with that cautious optimism, there’s still a long way to go.

McDavid has yet to resume skating and is still at his parents’ home in Newmarket, Ontario. That said, he’s expected to join Edmonton soon — when the Oilers take on the Leafs in Toronto on Monday — and, according to Chiarelli, will want to get back onto the ice way sooner than expected.

“I can tell you that when it comes time,” he said, “[McDavid] is going to want to come back a lot earlier than what we forecast internally.”

There’s another Radulov NHL comeback rumor making the rounds

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It’s been roughly six months since the last one so yeah, time for an Alex Radulov update.

Radulov, who’s spent the last four seasons playing for KHL outfit CSKA Moscow, has reportedly rejected the club’s contract extension offer and is ready to become a free agent, per Russian sports writer Slava Malamud.

Sport-Express’ Igor Eronko also reported the Radulov news, tweeting the ex-Preds forward claimed “there’s nothing” regarding a new deal with CSKA, adding “I’m a free agent after this season.”

Radulov, 29, is having another terrific offensive campaign in Russia, with 37 points in 32 games. This comes one year after he tore up the KHL in ’14-15, with 24 goals and 71 points in just 46 contests — one of the best offensive campaigns in league history.

Rumors of Radulov returning to North America happen with the same frequency as Ilya Kovalchuk comeback rumblings, and always with the same outcome. But it’s hard to ignore them completely.


Well, back in late May, Radulov’s agent told Championat Colorado had been in contact about an NHL return once Radulov’s deal with CSKA expired. Colorado, of course, is coached by Patrick Roy — the same guy that had great success coaching Radulov in the QMJHL.

The two were, at one time, a dynamic force for the Quebec Remparts. During the 2005-06 campaign, Radulov scored a ridiculous 61 goals and 152 points in just 62 games, the nine more in four Memorial Cup contests, helping Roy capture his first and only championship as a head coach.

Radulov, of course, hasn’t played in the NHL since an ill-fated reunion with Nashville in 2012, which included him getting suspended for a playoff game after breaking curfew.

Malamud does note that, should Radulov try to return to the NHL, he’d do so as a unrestricted free agent — meaning he’s no longer Nashville property.

Just a friendly reminder about Friday’s Bruins-Rangers Thanksgiving Showdown, on NBC

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If you don’t spend tomorrow eye-gouging someone to save 50 bucks on an iRobot, why not spend it watching hockey?

In case you didn’t know, tomorrow’s a pretty big day. Not only is there an Original Six matchup between the Bruins and Rangers — essentially kicking off the NHL on NBC national broadcast campaign — but there’s also an additional evening game, and a good one at that:

Anaheim hosting the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Final.

But before the Ducks and ‘Hawks do battle, the B’s and Rangers will get it on.

This marks the second time in the last three years Boston and New York meet in the Thanksgiving Showdown. Back in ’13-14, the Bruins beat the Blueshirts 3-2, and this Farrelly Brothers commercial went to air:

Tomorrow’s game promises to be a quality affair. The Bruins come in riding a four-game winning streak, which included Wednesday’s 3-2 OT win over Detroit. In that game, Jonas Gustavsson exacted a measure of revenge against his old Red Wings mates, stopping 32 of 34 shots for the win.

The Rangers, meanwhile, come into Friday’s action looking for some redemption.

Alain Vigneault’s club was waxed in Wednesday’s big test against top-seeded Montreal, dropping a 5-1 decision, at home, in front of the MSG faithful. The Rangers allowed five regulation goals for the first time this season, and saw All-Star netminder Henrik Lundqvist get yanked as a result.


New York Rangers at Boston Bruins, 1 p.m. ET, NBC

Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks, 5 p.m. ET, NBCSN

For online viewing information via NBC Sports’ Live Extra, click here.

DeBoer: Sharks ‘need more’ after benching Hertl, Wingels

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Peter DeBoer didn’t mice words Thursday in discussing Tommy Wingels‘ and Tomas Hertl‘s effort from last night’s loss to Chicago.

“I don’t measure those guys on goals and assists but the intangibles of the game,” DeBoer said, per the Contra Costa Times. “Are you hard to play against? Are you playing in the other team’s end? Are you creating chances to score whether or not they go in?

“That’s a by product. Those are the measurables I use with those guys and we need more.”

Neither Wingels nor Hertl played a single shift in the third period of Wednesday’s game. The pair are both mired in lengthy scoring slumps — 14 games without a goal for Wingels, 19 for Hertl — but DeBoer carefully chose his words in explaining that offense, or a lack of it, wasn’t why the two got parked.

Instead, it was about approach.

DeBoer has been calculating in trying to establish an identity among his bottom-six forward group (Hertl and Wingels are third-liners). Prior to last night’s game, he brought in former Devil Dainius Zubrus — the pair spent time together in New Jersey — and that came after the Sharks tookfull advantage of having their new AHL affiliate in San Jose.

The club has constantly called up and sent down depth forwards to try and give DeBoer different looks.

But it appears the group still remains a work in progress.