NHL's All-Bargain Team: One Player From Each Team Who Deserves More

Jeff Langridge@@JeffLangridge1Correspondent IIIMay 20, 2011

NHL's All-Bargain Team: One Player From Each Team Who Deserves More

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    Yesterday, I wrote about the NHL's most overpaid players. Today, I will tackle the NHL's bargain players.

    The common theme with bargain players in the NHL nowadays is young players in their entry level deals performing very well. While there are still older players who make less than they should based on their production, there is just more young players taking the spotlight and making their general manager's wish they could keep them in their entry level deal longer.

    While I tried to get as many of the older players in here, because they are the true bargain players, most of the players in this list are young and in their entry level deals.

    So without further adieu, here is the NHL's All-Bargain team.

Anaheim Ducks: D Cam Fowler

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    2010-11 Salary: $900,000

    Total Salary: $2,700,000 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 75 games played, 10 goals, 30 assists, 40 points

    Anaheim got the steal of the first round at last year's draft when Cam Fowler fell to 12th overall. Making the team right out of training camp, Fowler had a great rookie season and things will only get better for Fowler.

    The fact that Fowler still has two years left on his entry level contract should have Bob Murray salivating at the fact that he has a great, young defenseman who is making less than a million with only another $500,000 in bonuses.

Atlanta Thrashers: LW/C Evander Kane

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    2010-11 Salary: $900,000

    Total Salary: $2,700,000 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 73 games played, 19 goals, 24 assists, 43 points

    The sophomore slump didn't exist for Evander Kane as he improved on his rookie totals by 17 points. With it looking more and more likely that the Thrashers will be moving, fans in Winnipeg would welcome the chance to have Kane as the face of their franchise.

Boston Bruins: C Brad Marchand

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    2010-11 Salary: $600,000

    Total Salary: $1,770,000 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 77 games played, 21 goals, 20 assists, 41 points

    If there is any doubt that Brad Marchand is a bargain in Boston, doubters should look at the fact that Marchand won the Bruins' "7th Man Award." The award is voted on by fans and is awarded to the player that fans believe played most beyond expectations.

Buffalo Sabres: LW/C Tyler Ennis

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    2010-11 Salary: $875,000

    Total Salary: $2,625,000 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 82 games played, 20 goals, 29 assists, 49 points

    Another player that could very well be nominated for the Calder Trophy if there was more than three nominees. At the head of a young core being formed in Buffalo, Ennis will be one of Buffalo's top scorers for years to come.

Calgary Flames: C Brendan Morrison

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    2010-11 Salary: $725,000

    Total Salary: $725,000 for 1 year

    2010-11 Stats: 66 games played, 9 goals, 34 assists, 43 points

    As the pre-season ended this year, Brendan Morrison had tried out with his long-time team, the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks offered him a two-way contract. Morrison wanted a one-way contract and turned it down. One day later, he signed with the Calgary Flames and never looked back.

    Now the question is whether the Flames will re-sign him or if he will become an unrestricted free agent for the fourth consecutive year.

Carolina Hurricanes: C Jeff Skinner

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    2010-11 Salary: $900,000

    Total Salary: $2,700,000 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 82 games played, 31 goals, 32 assists, 63 points

    Most likely the winner of the Calder Trophy this year, Skinner showed everyone why the Hurricanes made him the 7th overall in last year's draft when he was ranked much lower.

Chicago Blackhawks: RW Tomas Kopecky

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    2010-11 Salary: $1,200,000

    Total Salary: $2,400,000

    2010-11 Stats: 81 games played, 15 goals, 27 assists, 42 points

    Tomas Kopecky performed quite well for the Blackhawks this season, and even though he did, it appears that Chicago will not be bring him back.

Colorado Avalanche: C Matt Duchene

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    2010-11 Salary: $900,000

    Total Salary: $2,700,000 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 80 games played, 27 goals, 40 assists, 67 points

    The next captain of the Avalanche continues to improve. This year, Matt Duchene became the youngest player in Avalanche/Nordique history to lead the team in scoring and to reach 100 points.

Columbus Blue Jackets: RW Jakub Voracek

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    2010-11 Salary: $787,500

    Total Salary: $2,537,500 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 80 games played, 14 goals, 32 assists, 46 points

    Jakub Voracek could very well be losing his spot on this list soon as he becomes a restricted free agent July 1st. The Blue Jackets would definitely like to re-sign him long term before it gets to that.

Dallas Stars: LW Jamie Benn

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    2010-11 Salary: $635,000

    Total Salary: $1,890,000

    2010-11 Stats: 69 games played, 22 goals, 34 assist, 56 points

    When Brad Richards went down with a concussion this past season, Jamie Benn was counted on to help pick up the slack offensively. He didn't disappoint, going on a 10-game point streak. With Richards most likely not coming back, Benn will be counted on even more.

Detroit Red Wings: C Darren Helm

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    2010-11 Salary: $825,000

    Total Salary: $1,825,000 over 2 years

    2010-11 Stats: 82 games played, 12 goals, 20 assists, 32 points

    After having trouble sticking with the big club the last few seasons, Darren Helm is now leading the next wave of players in Detroit. Expect Helm's point totals to steadily improve the next few years as he takes a more prominent role on the team.

Edmonton: RW Jordan Eberle

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    2010-11 Salary: $875,000

    Total Salary: $2,625,000 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 69 games played, 18 goals, 25 assists, 43 points

    I could have easily gone with Taylor Hall here but I believe Eberle has the edge for now. Eberle has shown himself on the world stage and so far Hall hasn't. The fact that Edmonton has both these players so cheap - for now - is definitely a plus for them.

Florida Panthers: D Dmitri Kulikov

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    2010-11 Salary: $900,000

    Total Salary: $2,700,000 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 72 games played, 6 goals, 20 assists, 26 points

    Considered to be one of the big building blocks of the rebuilding Florida Panthers, Kulikov can expect a big raise when his entry level deal ends after next season.

Los Angeles Kings: RW Wayne Simmonds

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    2010-11 Salary: $525,000

    Total Salary: $1,755,000 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 80 games played, 14 goals, 16 assists, 30 points

    After being a much sought-after trade commodity last off-season, Wayne Simmonds production went down and therefore, when he gets a new contract, it won't be a big raise.

Minnesota Wild: RW Cal Clutterbuck

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    2010-11 Salary: $1,000,000

    Total Salary: $4,200,000

    2010-11 Stats: 76 games played, 19 goals, 15 assists, 34 points

    This guy is not brought in to score. If you ask NHL players who is the toughest forward to play against, a good handful of them will say Cal Clutterbuck. That fact, plus he was only one goal away from scoring 20, is not too shabby.

Montreal Canadiens: D P.K. Subban

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    2010-11 Salary: $875,000

    Total Salary: $2,625,000 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 77 games played, 14 goals, 24 assists, 38 points

    While some players in the NHL might not like his attitude, they are going to have to deal with it, because P.K. Subban is only going to get better.

Nashville Predators: LW Sergei Kostitsyn

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    2010-11 Salary: $550,000

    Total Salary: $550,000 for 1 year

    2010-11 Stats: 77 games played, 23 goals, 27 assists, 50 points

    He is making considerably less than his brother Andrei and scored 5 more points than him last season. He is in line for a very nice raise.

New Jersey Devils: D Andy Greene

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    2010-11 Salary: $750,000

    Total Salary: $1,450,000 over 2 years

    2010-11 Stats: 82 games, 4 goals, 19 assists, 23 points

    The New Jersey Devils need to find a way to re-sign Andy Greene. His point production dropped last year, but then again, almost all Devils players were less effective. The year prior, he had 37 points, and that kind of point total is something the Devils need on the blue line.

New York Islanders: RW Michael Grabner

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    2010-11 Salary: $765,000

    Total Salary: $2,550,000 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 76 games played, 34 goals, 18 assists, 52 points

    The second of the Calder Trophy candidates on the list. Next year he enters a new contract that steadily increases his salary and by the end of that contract, if his production falters, he could find himself on the overpaid list.

New York Rangers: C Brandon Dubinsky

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    2010-11 Salary: $2,000,000

    Total Salary: $3,700,000 over 2 years

    2010-11 Stats: 77 games played, 24 goals, 30 assists, 54 points

    The fact that the Ranger's leading point-scorer is also inexpensive is very good for them, or bad, depending on the way you look at it.

Ottawa Senators: D Erik Karlsson

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    2010-11 Salary: $875,000

    Total Salary: $2,625,000 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 75 games played, 13 goals, 32 assists, 45 points

    An important piece of the rebuilding process in Ottawa, Erik Karlsson will be a stalwart on the Sens' defense for years and will lead the other young defensemen who could be joining the team as early as next season.

Philadelphia Flyers: RW Claude Giroux

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    2010-11 Salary: $765,000

    Total Salary: $2,550,000 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 82 games played, 25 goals, 51 assists, 76 points

    It's hard to believe that Claude Giroux has been in the NHL for only three seasons. He has improved his point totals by at least 20 points each season in the league. Entering a new contract, Giroux could very well be an elite player by the end of the contract.

Phoenix Coyotes: D Kieth Yandle

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    2010-11 Salary: $1,300,000

    Total Salary: $2,400,000 over 2 years

    2010-11 Stats: 82 games played, 11 goals, 48 assists, 59 points

    Keith Yandle had a breakout season with the Coyotes last year, and some people would say that he got snubbed in the Norris Trophy nominations. He should be getting a hefty raise, but with the whole situation in Phoenix, he might not.

Pittsburgh Penguins: C Tyler Kennedy

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    2010-11 Salary: $725,000

    Total Salary: $1,450,000 over 2 years

    2010-11 Stats: 80 games played, 21 goals, 24 assists, 45 points

    When you're on a team that has such big contracts belonging to players like Crosby, Malkin, Staal, Martin, Michalek, and Fleury, there are two things that you need to know. One - you're going to be a bargain player. Two - you better produce if any of those players get injured.

St. Louis Blues: C Patrik Berglund

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    2010-11 Salary: $765,000

    Total Salary: $2,550,000 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 81 games played, 22 goals, 30 assists, 52 points

    In only three seasons, Patrik Berglund has totaled 125 points. On a young team and with a new contract on the way, Berglund will be depended on to continue is play of last season.

San Jose Sharks: C Logan Couture

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    2010-11 Salary: $787,500

    Total Salary: $2,450,000 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 79 games played, 32 goals, 24 assists, 56 points

    Making it a Calder Trophy nominee trifecta, Logan Couture makes this list easily. I could have gone with Devin Setoguchi, but based on their point totals and how much they make, I had to go with Couture.

Tampa Bay Lightning: C Dominic Moore

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    2010-11 Salary: $1,000,000

    Total Salary: $2,200,000 over 2 years

    2010-11 Stats: 77 games played, 18 goals, 14 assists, 32 points

    With all that Sean Bergenheim is doing in the playoffs, it would be easy to put him here, but I'm going with Dominic Moore. Let go by the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens only because of cap restraints, it looks like Moore has finally found a home in Tampa Bay.

Toronto Maple Leafs: LW Clarke MacArthur

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    2010-11 Salary: $1,100,000

    Total Salary: $1,100,000 for 1 year

    2010-11 Stats: 82 games played, 21 goals, 41 assists, 62 points

    Is their any other option here? Clarke MacAthur had an unbelievable season, posting career-bests in goals and points. Now the question is whether he will be re-signed before July first or if he will go to arbitration for the second year in a row.

Vancouver Canucks: LW Alex Burrows

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    2010-11 Salary: $2,000,000

    Total Salary: $8,000,000 over 4 years

    2010-11 Stats: 72 games played, 26 goals, 22 assists, 48 points

    Alex Burrows might bring a little controversy with him, but he is very important part of the Canucks current run to the finals. Burrows is known more as an agitator, and an agitator who scores nearly 50 points is definitely a plus.

Washington Capitals: C Marcus Johansson

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    2010-11 Salary: $900,000

    Total Salary: $2,700,000 over 3 years

    2010-11 Stats: 69 games played, 13 goals, 14 assists, 27 points

    A lot of people were surprised when Washington picked Marcus Johansson at 24th overall in the 2009 draft. Making the team out of his second training camp, Johansson finished ninth in Capitals' scoring. Not too bad on a team that has Oveckin, Backstom, and Semin.