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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

Early thoughts – and praise – for Capitals landing Kevin Shattenkirk

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Jaws dropped around the hockey world when news broke that the Washington Capitals landed Kevin Shattenkirk in a blockbuster trade. Heads were then scratched as people tried to make sense of the “conditions” of a conditional second-rounder involved in the move.

With a little time for the smoke to clear and with the assets revealed, here are some scattered thoughts.

PHT will likely cover more of the fallout on Tuesday and beyond, though, so stay tuned.

Brian MacLellan deserves consideration as a top GM

Judging an executive can be really tricky; while a GM of the Year award is easy to justify, it’s also easy to mock. Even the best managers inherit a roster (aside from MacLellan’s predecessor George McPhee, who will build one in Vegas), so you have to credit some successes to the guy who came before.

And, yes, McPhee helped put together a core that includes Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby and Nicklas Backstrom.

Even so, MacLellan evokes Stan Bowman in masterfully adding tremendous electrons to a fantastic nucleus.

He added Matt Niskanen (and, admittedly, flubbed it with Brooks Orpik) to beef up a defense to help the shrewd hiring of Barry Trotz as head coach. Trotz seems like he’s ending what was a busy procession of shaky bench bosses.

MacLellan really nailed it the next summer, trading for T.J. Oshie and signing Justin Williams to a bargain deal. A year later, the Capitals added a fantastic third-line center option in Lars Eller via a smart trade.

And now this. It’s not clear where Kevin Shattenkirk will fit in the Capitals’ lineup, but either way, he boosts an already formidable group.

Misc.

Let’s lightning round some other thoughts.

  • Scottie Upshall joked about all the one-timers Shattenkirk is primed to set up for Alex Ovechkin … but he has a point.
  • It’s difficult to imagine the Capitals re-signing Shattenkirk, putting continued emphasis on the talk of Washington being in the last season of a “two-year window” to make their greatest push for a Stanley Cup. At the same time, there aren’t a lot of problem contracts beyond Orpik’s in Washington, so the plus side is that MacLellan can also show how he might be Bowman-like in making the right calls in who to bring back. Make no mistake about it, getting Shattenkirk is about now, not later.
  • Oh yeah the Capitals also got a nice sneaky bonus in landing Pheonix Copley, who better have the nickname “typo.”

All things considered, it’s no surprise that the Capitals are excited.

There’s at least a chance Shattenkirk might be able to suit up for Washington as soon as Tuesday’s game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, but either way, this sure looks like a slam dunk.

Wild just wouldn’t stay down, edge Kings in OT

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Don’t blame Ben Bishop if, deep down, he was glad that he didn’t make his Los Angeles Kings debut on Monday.

After seeing the kind of speed, drive and all-around electric play displayed by the Minnesota Wild, you can understand a goalie shuddering at the often wide-open action. Despite falling behind four times against the Kings, the Wild ultimately edged Los Angeles 5-4 in an overtime thriller.

Mikael Granlund‘s 20th goal of the season ended it in OT, and quickly. And it was beautiful:

…. Unless you’re Jonathan Quick and the Kings, that is.

Granlund is absolutely on fire right now.

Ryan White made a great first impression for the Wild, scoring a goal and an assist (while displaying great flow). Martin Hanzal wasn’t able to score, though he did make his presence felt with five hits. And, again, Bishop might have secretly been relieved to put his Kings debut on hold.

Marian Gaborik turned back the clock a bit to his Wild prime, scoring a goal and an assist. He generally made quite a bit happen for Los Angeles.

It was a tough one for Anze Kopitar, meanwhile, who was unable to generate offense and suffered a -3. He wasn’t able to stop Granlund in OT, though who could?

The Wild still must worry as mumps sidelined at least Zach Parise and Jason Pominville, but for now, they’re battling on. Just ask the Kings how resilient this group really is.

Sell this: Kucherov, Lightning put trades behind them, blast Senators

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The Tampa Bay Lightning might be in sell mode, but that doesn’t mean their players are quitting on this season.

After shipping Ben Bishop and Brian Boyle out of town, they could have rolled over against a hungry Ottawa Senators team. Instead, they blew them out, winning 5-1 on Monday.

Nikita Kucherov was the biggest standout, collecting a natural hat trick, which you can watch above. (He also generated an assist.)

Jonathan Drouin had a big night in his own right, assisting on all three of Kucherov’s goals. Victor Hedman and Tyler Johnson generated two assists apiece, as well.

And, yes, Andrei Vasilevskiy inspired at least a few “Ben who?” jokes by making 39 out of 40 saves, including this beauty:

As you can see, Ottawa actually had a 1-0 lead at that point, so it could have been a different game if the agile goalie did do the splits there.

The Lightning are still five points out of the final wild card spot, trailing Boyle’s new team in the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Senators, meanwhile, find themselves slipping a bit out of the race to win the Atlantic Division, especially considering Montreal’s comeback win against New Jersey.

Tampa Bay may may not be done making moves and recognizing painful truth that the odds are against them rallying to a playoff spot. That said, nights like these make you wonder if a run is at least possible.

Canadiens’ big guns trigger comeback OT win against Devils

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 27:  Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates the game winning power play goal by Alex Galchenyuk #27 at 2:54 of overtrime against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on February 27, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey.  The Canadiens defeated the Devils 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Things were looking a little grim there for the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

The New Jersey Devils had, at one point, a 2-0 lead. At least in some corners there were murmurs about a bad start for Claude Julien. Then their big guns swung the game.

The comeback started with Alex Radulov, though the drama was just beginning:

Travis Zajac made it 3-1 for the Devils on the power play, only for Radulov to assist on two Max Pacioretty goals to send the game to overtime.

From there, Alex Galchenyuk scored the overtime-winner for Montreal on the man advantage. Radulov got yet another secondary assist – he ended up with four points tonight – while Shea Weber nabbed the primary helpers on the last two tallies.

Long story short, the Canadiens biggest names came through, allowing Julien to maybe utther a sigh of relief.