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

Report: Vegas isn’t interested in trading defensemen Theodore, Schmidt

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The Vegas Golden Knights enjoyed another busy day on Thursday, moving the likes of David Schlemko and Trevor van Riemsdyk. That doesn’t mean that all their defensemen are necessarily for sale, even with some pressure to trade a way a few more.

Now, it’s plausible that someone merely hasn’t found the right price to entice Golden Knights GM George McPhee, but TSN’s Pierre LeBrun indicates that he’s shooting down offers for especially enticing young defensemen.

Specifically, McPhee gave a hard “No” to at least three teams regarding Shea Theodore and also stonewalled offers for Nate Schmidt, according to LeBrun.

It’s probably not fair to say that McPhee hasn’t been willing to move younger players altogether. After all, Trevor van Riemsdyk is 25, much like Schmidt.

Even so, one could infer that McPhee would be quicker to trade away a veteran whose value may not ever be higher, such as Marc Methot or Alexei Emelin.

For what it’s worth, let’s break down the Golden Knights’ current defensemen in two camps (30-and-under, 30-and-older) along with their contract situations, with help from Cap Friendly.

Under 30

Luca Sbisa, 27, $3.6 million cap hit through 2017-18
Brayden McNabb, 26, $1.7M through 2017-18
Jon Merrill, 25, $1.138M through 2017-18
Colin Miller, 24, $1M through 2017-18
Theodore, 21, $863K through 2017-18
Griffin Reinhart, 23, RFA
Schmidt, 25, RFA

30 and older

Methot, $4.9M through 2018-19
Jason Garrison, $4.6M through 2017-18
Emelin, $4.1M through 2017-18
Clayton Stoner, 32, $3.25M through 2017-18
Deryk Engelland, 35, $1M through 2017-18

Considering the options at hand, it’s still feasible that someone might convince McPhee to ship Schmidt and/or Theodore over, anyway. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been connected to Schmidt and Colin Miller in rumors, though it’s unclear how likely such moves might be. Vegas isn’t tied to many players beyond this coming season, so they have plenty of flexibility to change their minds.

The Golden Knights may also view the trade deadline as a more fruitful time to move a veteran such as Methot.

Even so, it sure sounds like McPhee would at least prefer to build around his youngsters, and Theodore might be the clearest keeper of them all.

NHL may punish failed offside reviews with penalties next season

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It wasn’t a good look for the league, and it wasn’t captivating television, particularly for casual hockey fans intrigued by a fresh Stanley Cup Final matchup.

P.K. Subban seemed to score the first goal of the Penguins – Predators series, only for the 1-0 tally to be overturned after a lengthy offside review. Plenty of people in Nashville were never convinced that the league made the right call, and even if it was correct, Filip Forsberg would have been offside by a tiny margin. The fact that it came mere hours after Gary Bettman praised the process only exacerbated the issue.

(You can watch that agonizingly minute discussion in the video above. Predators fans might not want to re-live it.)

Colin Campbell presented an interesting question for next season on Thursday: would a team like Pittsburgh make such a marginal challenge if a failed review would result in a minor penalty?

It’s something the executive will bring to the competition committee and then the Board of Governors; Campbell believes such a tweak has a strong chance of being instituted in 2017-18.

Previously, a coach would lose his timeout if an offside goal review failed. If this change is implemented, a team would keep that timeout but suffer a minor penalty.

Campbell notes that this tweak would apply to offside challenges, not goalie interference reviews.

Ultimately, for Campbell, it comes down to the spirit of the offside rule. Amusingly, the Predators also suffered from an infamous offside goal that would have benefited from an obvious review, as this Matt Duchene goal from 2013 inspired the NHL to admit that a mistake was made.

The logic is pretty simple. If a goal was glaringly offside, then a team will view a challenge as worth the risk of possibly being penalized. If it’s a matter of inches or some other marginal question, a penalty would – ideally – deter a team from making a flimsier challenge. Specifically, Campbell pointed to offside reviews in which goals came long after the infraction had a significant impact on play.

Now, sure, you could make some wise cracks about the idea, especially considering how the NHL’s suffered from a painful roll-out of a change here and there. And perhaps some coaches will still believe that it’s worth the risk to flip that coin.

Still, the league’s heart is in the right place, and it could very well succeed in two goals: getting things right and not boring everyone to tears.

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Blackhawks on ‘huge loss’ of Hossa, lingering salary cap questions

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If any team could seamlessly move on from Marian Hossa, it would be the Chicago Blackhawks.

That’s not to say that GM Stan Bowman and head coach Joel Quenneville lack appreciation for perhaps the best two-way winger of this era. Quenneville likely said it best to NHL.com: “I don’t think you replace [Hossa], because he’s a special player.”

MORE: Skin condition will sideline Hossa for 2017-18

Instead, it’s a testament to how the Blackhawks continue to contend, year after year: a willingness to make the tough choices that allow your team to compete. So, Chicago can merely “rebuild and reload” by taking that $5.275 million cap hit from Hossa’s seemingly inevitable trip to the LTIR, right?

Not exactly. At least not yet, as CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers discusses:

Here are two basics about the cap: a team can be 10 percent over it during the summer, and a team must be at or below it the day the regular season begins. If the Blackhawks place Hossa on LTIR, it wouldn’t take effect until the second day of the regular season. So on Day 1 of the season, the Blackhawks would still be carrying Hossa’s $5.275 cap hit.

Once the LTIR would take effect, though, the Blackhawks would have wiggle room. If they spent to the $75 million cap, they could utilize Hossa’s entire $5.275 million cap hit on other players.

Myers notes that Bowman said he wishes it was as simple as merely replacing Hossa’s cap hit – if not his impact – during the summer. Instead, things could be a bit more complicated.

Things could get even messier if the NHL decides to impede Chicago’s progress.

If the Blackhawks get to send Hossa to the LTIR, it won’t be the easiest situation. Before you get too gloomy about it, there still could be some creative options.

Brainstorming a few ideas

For one thing, what if the Vegas Golden Knights decide to keep James Neal around for a little while?

Now, Neal and Hossa are very different players, yet both are wingers that can help your team win. Neal’s $5 million cap hit matches up remarkably well with that Hossa $5.275 million hit once it would go to LTIR, and the former Predators winger is in the last year of his contract.

As Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee is wont to do, Neal would cost more than just money. Still, that’s just one example, and it’s plausible that other teams might want to sell off a piece but find summer offerings undesirable.

In other words, a rental could be a good way to make lemonade from all of this.

There’s also the possibility that the Blackhawks could look into players who didn’t get signed during the summer, including guys who just missed on PTOs.

This isn’t to say that these are ideal scenarios, but the point is that the Blackhawks could still navigate this difficult situation, particularly if they show the flexibility and creativity they’ve displayed in avoiding salary cap challenges before.

Even if it doesn’t mean another Hossa’s walking through that door.

As a reminder, the Blackhawks may still have some moves in mind even before getting that delayed cap relief. We still need to find out if they are ridding themselves of Marcus Kruger‘s cap hit, something that Bowman wouldn’t address.

None of this is necessarily easy, yet this franchise frequently aces tests like these.

For Oilers, trading Eberle was about ‘long-term thinking’

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CHICAGO —  Peter Chiarelli was there to talk about one thing, and one thing only.

That was today’s big trade that sent Jordan Eberle to the Islanders in return for Ryan Strome.

Not surprisingly, the Oilers’ general manager liked a lot of things about the deal — starting with Strome.

“He’s got some things to his game that we feel can help us in our division,” Chiarelli said Thursday. “He’s got good size, a terrific wrist shot. Very, very cerebral player. He can play center or the wing. Very good on the half wall.”

Not that Eberle doesn’t offer a few good things himself. Like scoring goals. That’s pretty important, right? Eberle’s scored 165 goals in his NHL career.

But with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl requiring extensions soon, the Oilers needed to be wary of their cap situation. In Chiarelli’s estimation, Eberle’s $6 million hit had to go.

“This is about cap management, and this is about replacing good players with good players, and this is about long-term thinking,” said Chiarelli.

When he’d finished selling the trade, reporters naturally took the opportunity to inquire about the rest of his team.

Does he want to get Kris Russell re-signed?

Yes, he does. Still hoping to get that one done.

How would he characterize negotiations with McDavid and Draisaitl?

“Not going to characterize.”

What about Patrick Maroon? Could he get an extension this summer?

“This isn’t the state of affairs for who I’m signing, who I’m not signing.”

Fair enough. Onto the draft then.

Friday at United Center, the Oilers will have the 22nd overall pick. It’ll be the first time since 2008 that they don’t make a top-10 selection.

“Certainly not as high a pick,” said Chiarelli. “We’ve got a cluster of four players and we think we’re going to get one of them.”

That pick in 2008, by the way?

Jordan Eberle, 22nd overall.

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