Ranking the Top 10 Free Agent Left Wingers Available This Offseason

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystMay 23, 2013

Ranking the Top 10 Free Agent Left Wingers Available This Offseason

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    Though the spotlight currently shines squarely on Stanley Cup playoff action, it's never to early to take a peek down the road and reassess rosters in preparation for the offseason. Players from across the globe will be up for grabs.

    Some seek solely money, while others are doggedly pursuing elusive Stanley Cup titles. For squads in need of a left winger, there are a variety of options to chose from.

    Here we take a look toward free agency with a rundown of top available left wing standouts.

    2013 salaries provided by nhlnumbers.com,

10. Chris Higgins

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    Current Team: Vancouver Canucks

    Age: 29

    2013 Salary-Cap Hit: $1.9 million

    The former first-round draft pick of Montreal has always struggled to stay on the ice for a full season. He's played 70 games or more in just three seasons,

    Chris Higgins could accept a more sizable contract and receive additional playing time with a lower-tier team. However, he is likely best suited as a role player on a Stanley Cup contender.

9. Ryane Clowe

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    Current Team: New York Rangers

    Age: 30

    2013 Salary-Cap Hit: $3.6 million

    The Rangers acquired Ryane Clowe from San Jose in search of a gritty perimeter player. He's lived up to those expectations in 2013.

    Clowe is a battering ram defender and tough as nails, as evidenced by his rapid return from a head injury during this postseason  Aside from his distribution skills (16 assists), Clowe can also be counted on to get under the opposition's skin with his tenacity.

8. Danny Cleary

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    Current Team: Detroit Red Wings

    Age: 34

    2013 Salary-Cap Hit: $2.8 million

    Danny Cleary has tallied at least 33 points every full season since 2006. He has been a key cog for one of the sport's most revered franchises.

    The veteran owns six points through 10 playoff games. Cleary can be counted on for consistent leadership and admirable offensive production.

7. Clarke MacArthur

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    Current Team: Toronto Maple Leafs

    Age: 28

    2013 Salary-Cap Hit: $3.3 million

    The hard-nosed Alberta native notched eight goals and 12 assists in 40 games this season. He scored at least 20 goals in each of the past two seasons.

    Clarke MacArthur made the first postseason appearance of his career this spring, tallying two scores in five games.

6. Brenden Morrow

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    Current Team: Pittsburgh Penguins

    Age: 34

    2013 Salary-Cap Hit: $4.1 million

    He collected 25 points during the regular season. Brenden Morrow was another excellent pickup for Pittsburgh midway through the year.

    He is making his first playoff appearance since 2008. Morrow has appeared in at least 80 games four times since 1984.

5. Vinny Prospal

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    Current Team: Columbus Blue Jackets

    Age: 38

    2013 Salary-Cap Hit: $2.5 million

    The veteran, who has played for six NHL franchises during his career, enjoyed a strong season in Columbus. Vinny Prospal played in all 48 games, totaling 12 goals and 18 assists along the way.

    He is a mainstay of any rotation, competing in at least 80 regular-season games seven times since 2002. Prospal remains a borderline 20-goal, 50-point threat.

4. Valtteri Filppula

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    Current Team: Detroit Red Wings

    Age: 29

    2013 Salary-Cap Hit: $3 million

    Valtteri Filppula's stat totals exceed 100 goals and 150 assists since 2006. He picked up a career-best 66 points during the 2011-12 regular season.

    The Finnish star has never worn another jersey at the NHL level. Filppula has plenty of postseason experience and owns five points in the 2013 playoffs.

3. Pascal Dupuis

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    Current Team: Pittsburgh Penguins

    Age: 34

    2013 Salary-Cap Hit: $1.5 million

    Pascal Dupuis is a Stanley Cup champion and owns 172 points in the past four regular seasons. His 18 career playoff goals are nothing to scoff at either.

    Dupuis can smell a sizable payday on the horizon. His 10 postseason points in 10 games already established a new personal playoff record. 

2. David Clarkson

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    Current Team: New Jersey Devils

    Age: 29

    2013 Salary-Cap Hit: $2.7 million

    David Clarkson doesn't like to miss games. The versatile Clarkson has appeared in 419 of 422 possible games through six seasons when you factor out an injury-riddled 2009-10 season—consistency in six full seasons with the Devils. 

    This season, the Ontario native tallied 15 goals and nine assists. He posted a career-high 30 goals during the 2011-12 season.

1. Jarome Iginla

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    Current Team: Pittsburgh Penguins

    Age: 35

    2013 Salary-Cap Hit: $7 million

    Someday Jarome Iginla will enter the Hockey Hall of Fame as a Calgary Flames great. First, he has plenty more to accomplish in his professional career, chasing down an elusive Stanley Cup championship. 

    Since being shipped to Pittsburgh in a blockbuster deadline deal, Iginla has 23 points in 22 total games. His 12 postseason points represent the second-highest total in an illustrious career.

    Iginla has accumulated at least 67 points during every full season since 2000. He hasn't scored fewer than 31 goals per season during that span. 

    Though he suited up on the right wing for the majority of his time on the ice, he is clearly willing to play left winger for a title contender.