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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

It sounds like Troy Brouwer would love to return to the Blues

DALLAS, TX - MAY 07:  Troy Brouwer #36 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates with Robby Fabbri #15 of the St. Louis Blues after scoring a goal against Kari Lehtonen #32 of the Dallas Stars in the second period in Game Five of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May 7, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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How much is Troy Brouwer‘s magical postseason run worth to the St. Louis Blues or some other team in free agency? How important is comfort and familiarity to Troy Brouwer?

Those seem to be the most important bigger-picture questions, although from the sound of Brouwer’s comments, nuts-and-bolts issues may decide his future in or outside of St. Louis.

Brouwer raved about his time with the Blues as the team spoke with the media to close out the 2015-16 season. The power forward seemed very happy about his living conditions and the way his style fits with this blue collar team.

Even so, Brouwer also admits that “it’s a business.”

That’s typical talk, yet it was more interesting when he went a little deeper, acknowledging that he understands that GM Doug Armstrong must ask questions about more than just the 2016-17 season.

His playoff production was fantastic, but a smart GM will realize that it probably wasn’t sustainable. Case in point, facts like these:

Even so, Brouwer brings considerable value if you keep expectations in check.

While he fell a little bit short this season with 18, he generally falls in the 20-goal range each year. He’s one of those players who can bring some grit to the table without totally taking away from your team in other ways.

Brouwer was one of the Blues’ top penalty-killing forwards to boot.

It wouldn’t be the least bit surprising for Brouwer to enjoy a healthy raise from his expired $3.67 million cap hit, yet you must wonder how much. Maybe most importantly, what kind of term is he looking for?

That last question might just be pivotal regarding a possible return to the Blues. Would he sacrifice some stability to try to make another run with St. Louis?

Even if he isn’t that old at 30, his rugged style might mean that this is one of his last opportunities for a big payday.

Both sides face a tough call, yet it sounds like a reunion is at least plausible.

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Trio of Pens forwards take maintenance day on Saturday

TAMPA, FL - MAY 24:  Chris Kunitz #14 of the Pittsburgh Penguins shoots the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 24, 2016 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are about as healthy as you can be at this stage of the game. Outside of Trevor Daley (ankle), who’s done for the playoffs, the Pens have their desired roster at their disposal. That doesn’t mean that certain veterans don’t need a little bit of time to recuperate from the grind of the first three rounds.

On Saturday, Nick Bonino, Matt Cullen and Chris Kunitz didn’t participate in practice. Coach Mike Sullivan confirmed that each player had taken a maintenance day.

The 36-year-old Kunitz and 39-year-old Cullen have surely picked up some bumps and bruises throughout the postseason, while Bonino might still feel the effects of a shot block from Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Not to worry Penguins fans, Sullivan says that each player should be available for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

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Need for speed: Sharks, Pens brace for ‘fast hockey’ in Stanley Cup Final

Pittsburgh’s run fueled by ‘Baby Pens’

‘No question,’ David Backes wants to stay in St. Louis

ST LOUIS, MO - MAY 17:  David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues looks on in Game Two of the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on May 17, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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We don’t always get what we want…but we try.

In David Backes‘ case, he’d like to remain a member of the St. Louis Blues going forward. It might be difficult to make the numbers work, but the two sides will give it a go.

Backes, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, scored 21 goals and 45 points in 79 games in 2015-16. The 32-year-old added seven goals and 14 points in 20 postseason games before the Blues were eliminated by the Sharks in the Western Conference Final.

Re-signing their captain will likely interest the Blues, but can they make it work under the salary cap? St. Louis also has to re-sign RFA Jaden Schwartz and fellow UFA Troy Brouwer this off-season.

The Blues might have to pick between keeping Brouwer or Backes and that might not work in Backes’ favor. Brouwer is younger, and the fact that St. Louis gave up T.J. Oshie for him just last year could also play a factor in their decision.

Even if St. Louis doesn’t bring back role players like Steve Ott, Kyle Brodziak and Scottie Upshall, they still need to have other players fill those spots on their third and fourth lines, which will eat into their limited cap space.

If they want to make room for Backes and/or Brouwer, the Blues may have to part ways with a defenseman like Kevin Shattenkirk (one year left at $4.25 million).

It looks like the Blues might be looking for a new captain in 2016-17.

‘It was a lot of ups and downs’: Pekka Rinne’s frustrating 2015-16 season

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The 2015-16 season won’t go down as the best year of Pekka Rinne‘s career. Rinne started the season off for the Nashville Predators relatively well, as he had a 10-2-3 record from the start of the year through Nov. 17. He had given up two goals or less in 10 of those 15 decisions and it looked like he would have another fantastic year.

That’s when things fell apart in a hurry.Rinne went on to lose seven of his next eight games. His once promising season was fading.

The 33-year-old’s season wasn’t all bad. He finished with a 34-21-10 record, but he had a mediocre 2.48 goals-against-average and .908 save percentage. His goals-against-average ranked 19th among goalies who played 40 games or more and his save percentage ranked 26th.

It’s safe to say the consistency was lacking.

In the end, his stick paid the price (top).

“It was a lot of ups and downs,” said Rinne, per the Tennessean. “Personally, I wanted to be better during the regular season. I always have high expectations for myself. I thought that it was hard to get consistency going on throughout the season. I feel like I had a lot of good games, but then (an average game would follow) or something like that.

“It was frustrating at times. Hopefully, my goal is to raise my level of game to where I need it to be and where I want it to be.”

Rinne’s numbers didn’t improve in the playoffs (7-7, 2.63, .906), but he did feel more comfortable about his game overall.

“I’m personally happy with how the season ended for me,” Rinne said. “I thought that I played my best hockey in (the) playoffs. I was able to raise my level of game and the way I played.”

Is Rinne on the decline or was this just a blip on the radar? We’ll find out, but don’t expect a change of scenery coming for the veteran. He probably won’t be leaving Nashville anytime soon. He has three years remaining on his contract at $7 million per year and the Predators don’t exactly have someone ready to take over.