NHL Free Agency: Unsigned Wingers Who Will Make Major Impact

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - MAY 30: Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils fights for position with Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings during Game One of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on May 30, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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The NHL free agency period is moving fast and furious. Teams are dropping bills in huge chunks with the hopes of improving their team, and don't expect this to slow down yet. 

There are still plenty of excellent free agents available, and teams looking for a winger are especially lucky as this market is rich in good players at this position. 

Here are the three best wingers left on the market. 


Zach Parise, LW, New Jersey Devils

Parise deserves to be called not just the best free-agent winger, but the best free agent. This guy is going to make whichever offense he lands on better. 

Parise certainly knows how to net goals. He did it 31 times last year. But it is not just his goal-scoring ability that makes him so valuable. He makes it easier for everyone else to score. He commands the attention of the defense, and he can deliver the puck on point when they do. He handed out 38 assists last year. 


Shane Doan, RW, Coyotes 

GLENDALE, AZ - MAY 22:  Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes during Game Five of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Kings during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 22, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Kings def
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At 35 years old, Doan is getting up there in age, but the dude is still a consistent offensive threat, and he is showing no signs of slowing down. 

Last year, in 79 games, Doan scored 22 goals and added 28 assists. He is a well-rounded and reliable player. 

Doan is perfect for a team whose future is now. He will make an instant impact and could be enough to push a contender over the top. 


Alexander Semin, LW, Washington Capitals

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 25: Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals takes a shot as Andrew Ference #21 of the Boston Bruins defends in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 25,
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Semin is a dynamic player, and he has been a vital part of of a potent Capitals attack.

He is coming off of a season where he played 77 games and scored 21 goals and dished out 33 assists. He is a strong presence, and he will make almost any lineup more dangerous. 

However, with Semin, a team is not just getting his talent, they are also getting his baggage. Semin's character has often come under question, but he has gotten away with this because he is such a tremendous talent.