While the biggest offensive stars of this year’s free agency class make their living on the left side, there are also several good scorers available on the right wing. Here’s a look at some of the best right wingers due to new contracts this summer.
Cap reached 2020-21: $ 4.65 M (Devils / Islanders)
The Smithtown, NY native got off to a slow start with the New York Islanders, but ended up fitting in well with his native team – especially in the playoffs, where he came to life with seven team-leading goals. (tied with Brock Nelson) and nine points in 19 games. The versatile forward, who also played on the left side, has expressed a desire to stay on Long Island, and general manager Lou Lamoriello echoed a similar sentiment.
“This is someone we have every intention of bringing back, if possible,” Lamoriello told reporters last month.
It was last month, before the Islanders general manager came out of an impending cap tightening by transferring Andrew Ladd ($ 5.5 million AAV) to the Arizona books and trading Nick Leddy (5 , $ 5 million) in Detroit.
Now, with Jordan Eberle ripped off by Seattle via expansion, the ceiling space – and the opportunity – is here for Lamoriello to keep Palmieri in the fold after all.
Cap reached 2020-21: $ 1.8 (lightning)
Coleman does it all, and he does it everywhere – the versatile forward is able to adapt along the left wing or center, but his success playing mostly on the right side with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2020- 21 is the reason it is listed as RW here. Coleman was the missing piece of the Lightning’s puzzle heading into back-to-back Championships, and his solid play and ability to add physique to training will make him extremely popular in the open market (as will his former teammate Barclay Goodrow). While the flat cap market isn’t exactly conducive to big CEO pay hikes, it’s safe to say Coleman’s days of making $ 1.8 million are over.
Cap reached 2020-21: $ 2.6M (Canadians)
To properly assess GM Marc Bergevin’s level of confidence when it comes to re-signing Armia, just look at the Montreal Canadiens’ list of protected players ahead of the Seattle expansion draft. Armia was one of only three UFAs in the league to be protected. A versatile winger who can play either side of center, Armia has been a big part of the Canadiens’ race to the Stanley Cup Final, contributing five goals and eight points in a last-six role. He had his best season a year ago, scoring 16 goals and 30 points in 58 games during the 2019-2020 campaign shortened by COVID.
Cap reached 2020-21: 750 000 $ (Canadiens)
In the past two seasons, since the Anaheim Ducks bought out the last two seasons of Perry’s long-term deal, the seasoned winger has qualified twice for the Stanley Cup final – d ‘ first with the Dallas Stars, then with the Montreal Canadiens – where he far exceeded the value of his contracts. Both times he’s come in at key moments, bringing a physical and under-skin element that really shines into the playoffs. While his most notable regular seasons may be behind him, Perry has proven he still has plenty of playoff hockey and would be a smart choice for a contender.
Cap reached 2020-21: $ 2.15 million (oilers)
His production has taken a plunge this season – he has scored just nine goals and 16 points in 45 games, a far cry from his campaign of 22 goals and 38 points in 2018-19. With the Oilers moving in free agency and on the commercial front, a new start should be on the horizon for Chiasson. And in a league where depth score so often makes the difference, the winger should be signed on a short-term, low-risk contract.
More RW names to watch: Bobby Ryan, Brandon Sutter, Nikita Gusev