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

Jeff LangridgeCorrespondent IIIMay 20, 2011

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

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    DETROIT, MI - APRIL 16: Keith Yandle #3 of the Phoenix Coyotes looks on the Detroit Red Wings in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on April 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gr
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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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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 15:  Cam Fowler #4 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates Teemu Selanne's goal against the Nashville Predators in the first period of Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on
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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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    NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 15:  Evander Kane #9 of the Atlanta Thrashers skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 15, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Thrashers 4-2.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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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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    MONTREAL, CANADA - APRIL 21:  Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins waits for a faceoff in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Montreal Canadiens during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre on April 21, 2011 in M
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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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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 22:  Tyler Ennis #63 of the Buffalo Sabres controls the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 22, 2011 in
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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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    CALGARY, AB - FEBRUARY 20: Brendan Morrison #8 of the Calgary Flames shows the effects of the cold weather during the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic Game against the Montreal Canadiens at McMahon Stadium on February 20, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  (Phot
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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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    NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 16:  Jeff Skinner #53 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on February 16, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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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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    DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 22:  Tomas Kopecky #82 of the Chicago Black Hawks skates in a game against the Detroit Red Wings on January 22, 2011 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Hawks defeated the Wings 4-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images
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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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    GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 01:  Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche skates with the puck during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on April 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Avalanche defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in an overtime shoo
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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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    PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 8:  Jakub Voracek #93 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 8, 2011 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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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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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 02:  Jamie Benn #14 of the Dallas Stars skates against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on April 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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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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    BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 26: Darren Helm #43 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Buffalo Sabres  at HSBC Arena on February 26, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. Detroit won 3-2 in a shootout.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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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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    ST. LOUIS, MO - FEBRUARY 4: Jordan Eberle #14 of the Edmonton Oilers in action against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on February 4, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blues won 5-3. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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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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    SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 10:  Dmitry Kulikov #7 of the Florida Panthers skates against the Ottawa Senators at the BankAtlantic Center on March 10, 2011 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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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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    UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 19:  Wayne Simmonds #17 of the Los Angeles Kings waits for a faceoff during an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on February 19, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Imag
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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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    ST PAUL, MN - MARCH 22:  Cal Clutterbuck #22 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Xcel Energy Center on March 22, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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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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    MONTREAL, CANADA - APRIL 21:  P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens skates up ice with the puck in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Boston Bruins during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre on April 21, 201
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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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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 15:  Sergei Kostitsyn #74 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Anaheim Ducks in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 15, 2011 in Anaheim, California
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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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    NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 02:  Andy Greene #6 of the New Jersey Devils skates during an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadians at the Prudential Center on April 2, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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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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    UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 24:  Michael Grabner #40 of the New York Islanders skates during an NHL hockey game against the Atlanta Thrashers at the Nassau Coliseum on March 24, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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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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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17:  Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers looks on against the Washington Capitals in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 17, 2011 in Ne
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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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    SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 10:  Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center on March 10, 2011 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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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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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 22:  Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers controls the puck against the Buffalo Sabres in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 22, 2011 i
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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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    DETROIT, MI- APRIL 13:  Keith Yandle #3 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates against the Detroit Red Wings in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on April 13, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.(Pho
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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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    PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 13:  Tyler Kennedy #48 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck against the Edmonton Oilers on March 13, 2011 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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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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    GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 22:  Patrik Berglund #21 of the St. Louis Blues during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on March 22, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Blues 2-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Image
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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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    DETROIT - MAY 6: Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates a first period goal while playing the Detroit Red Wings in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at Joe Louis Arena in De
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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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    BOSTON, MA - MAY 17:  Dominic Moore #19 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates his third period goal against the Boston Bruins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 17, 2011 in Boston, Mas
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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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    NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 06: Clarke MacArthur #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 6, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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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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    ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 25:  Alex Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks skates against the Atlanta Thrashers at the Philips Arena on March 25, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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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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    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals skates against the New York Rangers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 13, 2011 in Washington,
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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.

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