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

Talbot torments Ducks as Oilers take 2-0 series lead

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Those who vehemently argued for Cam Talbot being a Vezina finalist likely felt vindicated tonight (even if postseason results don’t factor into the voting).

In Game 1, Leon Draisaitl stole the show. Talbot was the standout of Game 2, snubbing a steady Ducks threat as Edmonton won 2-1 on Friday.

And, just like that, the Oilers are up 2-0 in their second-round series against the Anaheim Ducks. Better yet for this young group: the venue shifts to what’s likely to be a rowdy scene in Edmonton for Games 3 and 4.

The tone was set when Andrej Sekera scored just 65 seconds into the contest. That said, the Oilers could have sulked when a would-be 2-0 goal was called off (and they had to kill a penalty). Instead, they just kept battling, even after Jakob Silfverberg ended Talbot’s shutout bit with a laser beam on the power play.

Speaking of the power play, the Oilers managed to match the Ducks (1-for-4 each on the PP), even as Talbot faced 12 shots on goal during Anaheim’s power-play opportunities.

Talbot ultimately made 39 of 40 stops, and while the Ducks kept Connor McDavid from scoring, number 97 sure looked speedy and dangerous at times in Game 2.

Anaheim came into the second round with home-ice advantage through the West side of the playoffs, seemingly enjoying a golden opportunity when other conference powers fell. Instead, it’s looking like the Oilers might just have a chance to prove that they’re big-time contenders, too.

Game 3 airs on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday. You can watch online and via the NBC Sports App; click here for the livestream.

 

Latest goalie interference mess: Oilers get penalty, not goal

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Ah, goalie interference. Does the fun ever start?

Arguably the most irritating facet of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs reared its pesky head once again on Friday, as the Edmonton Oilers saw a would-be 2-0 goal disallowed in the first period of Game 2 against the Anaheim Ducks.

The goal wasn’t just disallowed, either, as Mark Letestu was given a minor penalty.

One would imagine that there are opinions for or against the goal (and penalty counting); there are also many who are just getting a little worn out by the uncertainty surrounding such calls. Tomas Holmstrom is nodding his head so hard right now, everyone.

Here’s one unhappy take:

Moments after this post went up, the Oilers made it 2-0 for real this time. Check out the game here.

Math may help build Vegas Knights, but biggest aim is not being boring

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Unlike Pierre Dorion, it sounds like Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee would rather listen to analytics-minded people rather than … you know, hit them.

As McPhee readies for the expansion draft, he told The Star’s Kevin McGran in Q&A that they’ll at least be factored into decisions.

I’ve been really fascinated by how revealing that data can be. You have these kids speaking a different language. But I’m convinced it has a really important place in this game. You have to pay attention to it, and you have to use it.

Naturally, the real question with McPhee and other executives comes down to how much they will lean on analytics. Some teams seem to pick and choose when to listen to such voices, ending up with an odd mix of moves that please and unnerve the “fancy stats” community.

Owner Bill Foley gave a good idea of how much they’ll lean on stats vs. more traditional approaches in an interview with the Vegas Hockey Hotline back in February, which was transcribed by The Hockey Writers’ Keith Scheessele.

“Analytics is not going to drive how we draft,” Foley said. “Analytics are going to supplement what the scouts are seeing. We’re going to rely on the scouts and what they recommend.”

(Foley also spoke of rating players in 10 different categories, which started to make one think about how old sports video games could only quantify skills in so many ways. Anyway …)

So, it sounds like McPhee & Co. will take a modern approach – a mixture of the old and the new – rather than going full-on bold and revolutionary like, say, the Cleveland Browns or Golden State Warriors.

Considering the mystery of roster quality one faces with the Vegas Knights, it honestly might be most important that McPhee is repeatedly stating that he doesn’t aim to put together a boring hockey team.

Hey, if it takes a while to be good, at least the Vegas Knights might fit with their environment and put on a show.

Tarasenko’s two goals help Blues tie series with Predators

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One of the (many) remarkable things about the St. Louis Blues dispatching the Minnesota Wild was that they didn’t need a ton of production from Vladimir Tarasenko. He didn’t score a goal until the clinching game of that series.

The Blues needed more from him tonight, and he responded with two huge goals to help St. Louis win 3-2 in Game 2, tying the second-round series at 1-1.

Tarasenko scored the opening goal on that major power-play opportunity from the Vernon Fiddler knee on Colton Parayko, while Joel Edmundson wisely got out of the way to let Tarasenko nab the game-winner.

That ended up being the decisive factor as the Nashville Predators finally lost their first game of the postseason.

St. Louis must be breathing a sigh of relief for a number of reasons. The series shifts to Nashville for Games 3 and 4, so going down 2-0 might have been lethal.

Even beyond that, the Blues had some breaks go their way that likely won’t repeat to the same degree in future contests. The Predators didn’t receive a single power-play opportunity while St. Louis spent significant chunks of the contest on the man advantage, going 1-for-5 (but again, that includes a major).

The Blues also won despite what must have been a frustrating start. They only managed a 1-1 tie after the first 20 minutes despite holding Nashville to a mere three shots on goal.

The Predators also managed leads of 1-0 and 2-1, yet the Blues kept fighting to get back in this series. Game 3 will air on NBC at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday. You can watch online and via the NBC Sports App (Click here for the livestream link).

* – That said, he made a lot of commotion to set up Edmundson’s overtime game-winner from Game 1. That connection continued on Friday, as you likely noticed.