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by George Malik on 05/25/11 at 04:37 PM ET
A relatively weak unrestricted free-agent class means general managers may have to get more creative this summer in how they spend money. One option is signing a restricted free agent and the new changes in compensation, obtained by Sporting News, may make that option more attractive.
“Find a team that is near the cap and you can really (mess) with them,” one NHL source said.
The numbers and compensation are tied to the average league salary, which is $2.3 million.
2011 restricted free agent compensation
An offer with a $1,034,249 annual cap hit or less: No compensation
$1,034,249—$1,567,043: Third-round pick
$1,567,043—$3,134,055: Second-round pick
$3,134,088—$4,701,131: First and third-round pick
$4,701,131—$6,268,175: First, second and third-round pick
$6,268,175—$7,835,219: Two first-round picks, a second and third
$7,835,219 and higher: Four first-round picks
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