Over the previous few days, I’ve written blogs analyzing only a few of the quite a few winger choices obtainable to NHL GMs on the 2021 UFA market, breaking the 13 gamers highlighted into considered one of two classes. The primary weblog detailed 2021 first-time UFAs, the second, gamers who beforehand performed for the Ottawa Senators.
This checklist sweeps up the remainder of the highest 2021 UFA wingers – plus two guys who match one of many different two blogs’ standards. Montreal’s Joel Armia simply missed point out as a prime first-time UFA, and Detroit’s Bobby Ryan, who spent seven years in Ottawa, was simply an inadvertent omission. In order that they’ll each seem right here.
Observe: This checklist’s members are sorted 2020-21-point complete and never essentially their efficacy as 2021 UFA choices.
Taylor Corridor – Boston Bruins
The primary general choose within the 2010 draft, Taylor Corridor is the highest free-agent winger more likely to be obtainable. Corridor positioned himself among the many NHL’s elite in 2017-18 when he earned Hart Trophy honors however has since struggled to take care of that type; he missed 49 video games with lower-body accidents the continuing season and hasn’t replicated his MVP offensive output since.
Regardless of a torrid first half in 2020-21, Corridor ended auspiciously after going from Buffalo to Boston on the commerce deadline. He had eight objectives and 14 factors in 16 regular-season video games for the B’s, after which three objectives and 5 factors in 11 playoff video games.
The 29-year-old left winger has made greater than $50 million in his 11-year profession however has performed in solely 25 post-season contests, so he could wish to keep someplace he can win, even when it prices him financially.
For a deep-dive on the 6-foot-1, 206-pound left winger, take a look at our Free Company Preview version, the place Matt Kalman evaluated Corridor’s low season prospects.
Mattias Janmark – Vegas Golden Knights
Initially drafted 79th general by Detroit in 2013, Janmark discovered himself on the transfer earlier than ever stepping foot within the NHL, as then-Wings GM Ken Holland despatched him to Dallas on the 2015 commerce deadline in a bundle for Erik Cole.
Janmark then spent the primary 4 seasons of his NHL profession with the Stars.
Like Corridor, he grew to become a first-time UFA final low season, signed a one-year take care of a non-contender and located himself on the transfer by the commerce deadline. In Janmark’s case, he agreed to a one-year, $2.25-million pact with Chicago earlier than Vegas acquired him for its playoff push. That was acquainted territory for the 28-year-old Swede, who received to inside two wins of the Stanley Cup with the Stars within the 2020 bubble event.
Janmark missed your complete 2016-17 season with a knee harm however has been in any other case wholesome in his five-season NHL profession. He performs at a 13-goal, 31-point tempo for his profession and has produced stable possession numbers except for a 41-game blip with the Blackhawks this season. Janmark has signed three consecutive one-year contracts within the $2.3-million vary. That is most likely the benchmark this summer time.
Corey Perry – Montreal Canadiens
One other member of the 2019-20 Western Convention champions, Corey Perry additionally signed a one-year deal forward of the 2020-21 season.
The 36-year-old agitator for Peterborough, Ont., isn’t fairly the participant he was when he gained league MVP honors (and the Rocket Richard) in 2011 however he nonetheless has gasoline within the tank.
Perry managed 21 factors in every of the previous two seasons, averaging just below 14 minutes an evening with Dallas and Montreal. He additionally went to the previous two Cup finals, scoring a complete of 9 objectives and 19 factors in 49 playoff video games. Not dangerous for a man who regarded like he was on the precipice of being out of the league after Anaheim purchased him out in 2019.
Perry earned a base wage of $1.5 million in 2020-21 and hit $1.1 million of a possible $1.75 million in bonuses. He could should proceed with the incentive-laden offers, however Perry gained’t have bother discovering a house.
Perry’s journey is explored in-depth by Ken Campbell in Free Company Preview.
Mathieu Perreault – Winnipeg Jets
The offense went dry for Mathieu Perreault in the course of the four-year, $16.5-million deal he simply performed out with Winnipeg. However getting away from the expectations that accompanied the contract needs to be good for the 33-year-old left winger.
Perreault – initially a Washington Capital after which a one-year member of the Anaheim Geese – got here to the Jets as a UFA in the summertime of 2014, when he signed a three-year, $9-million pact to affix the squad. Regardless of lacking 31 video games with numerous illnesses over his first two seasons with the Jets, Perreault had a fantastic begin in Winnipeg, with 27 objectives and 82 factors in his first 133 video games.
So in the summertime of 2016 – a full season earlier than his unique deal ended – Winnipeg re-upped with Perreault for 4 extra seasons at $4.125 million per 12 months.
He had a career-high 45 factors in 65 video games in 2015-16 however has step by step seen his offensive output fall away since. And the harm woes have continued to be a pernicious affect, as he’s missed double-digit video games two of the previous 4 seasons. Perreault did skate in all 82 video games in 2018-19 and all 56 video games this season.
Perreault has additionally seen his ice time decreased considerably over the previous couple of seasons however has nonetheless produced usually constructive leads to restricted alternatives. His 2019-20 season was a possession-game nightmare – one thing under no circumstances distinctive to Perreault on the Jets that 12 months – however other than that one bogey season, his chance-creation numbers have been nice in The Peg.
Perreault is not greater than a down-the-lineup participant, however he can contribute offensively in a pinch (28-point tempo the previous three seasons), and he’s not a legal responsibility within the backside six. That is all some groups can ask for.
Alex Chiasson – Edmonton Oilers
Case and level, the Edmonton Oilers. Alex Chiasson’s 5-on-5 sport hasn’t cleared the “not a legal responsibility” bar throughout his tenure within the Metropolis of Champions, although the 30-year-old proper winger has been a serviceable net-front power-play presence in three seasons in Edmonton. Thirty-five of Chiasson’s 78 factors in Oiler silks got here on the ability play.
The 6-foot-4, 208-pounder’s power-play efficacy could now be redundant with the emergence of the equally sized, right-shooting Jesse Puljujarvi. Chiasson made $2.15 million every of the previous two seasons in Edmonton. It’s arduous to think about he doesn’t take a haircut wherever he goes this summer time.
Sam Gagner – Detroit Pink Wings
Gagner has transitioned to a task on the wing after getting into the NHL as a middle method again in 2007-08 throughout his first stint with Edmonton. He’s bounced round loads since that first Oilers stint ended; he’s known as Arizona, Philadelphia, Columbus, Vancouver, Edmonton (once more) and Detroit house since then. He turns 32 in August and scored 15 factors in 42 video games this season.
Bobby Ryan – Detroit Pink Wings
Purchased out by Ottawa in September 2020, Ryan bounced again decently regardless of lacking 23 video games in 2020-21. He performed to a 35-point tempo on a punchless Detroit squad. The 2020 Masterton winner is 34, with a historical past of hand accidents, however a staff might do worse on the $1-million determine he earned in 2020-21.
Joel Armia – Montreal Canadiens
Armia completely matched Ryan’s seven objectives and 7 assists in 2020-21, although he took an additional eight video games to do it. He’s a giant physique and produces stable possession numbers. Armia isn’t any offensive dynamo however is a pleasant third-liner to have. He made $2.6 million every of the previous two seasons.
Andrew Cogliano – Dallas Stars
Gagner’s one-time roommate in Edmonton, Cogliano is the proprietor of the NHL’s seventh-longest consecutive video games streak in historical past (830 video games). He’s missed a handful since a suspension ended that streak in 2018. Cogliano is 34 and coming off a three-year, $9.75-million contract. The Michigan product remains to be a succesful bottom-sixer.
Nikita Gusev – Florida Panthers
Gusev arrived to a lot fanfare when he came visiting from Russia forward of 2019-20. He scored 44 factors in 66 video games for the Devils that 12 months however fell out of favor and agreed to a contract termination halfway by means of 2020-21. He later signed with Florida however was a wholesome scratch within the playoffs. Time to return to the KHL? If not, his talent is tantalizing.