When news was floating around that the Sedins were close to inking back with the Canucks, we delayed this ranking. Taking Daniel Sedin(notes) out of the equation does affect the rest of the wingers, albeit minimally because he's obviously a package deal. If the Sedins are re-signed before noon, then add Steve Sullivan(notes) of the Nashville Predators to the list.
It's an intriguing list because there are some real risk/reward situations here. Marian Gaborik(notes), in particular, could be the signing of the year if he can stay healthy; yet there's a better chance that the new "G.I. Joe" flick wins Best Picture than that happening, based on Gabby's track record.
Here's a glance at the top wingers, as the Frenzy nears ...
The Good: One of the best snipers in hockey, having gone over 30 goals in seven of the last eight years and over 40 three times in that span. Had 71 points in 74 games for the Detroit Red Wings this season.
The Bad: While there were mitigating circumstances, the knock on Hossa as an inconsistent playoff performer (15 points in 23 games) is alive and kicking.
The Ugly: Never allow him to pick out the beer mugs. No good with Cup selection.
The Good: Simply put, one of the most dynamic offensive players in hockey, and one that's been quietly begging to leave the shackles of a defensive system. Gaborik has scored 123 goals in his last 207 games.
The Bad: Those 207 games are over the course of four seasons, because he's more fragile than an eggshell with low self-esteem.
The Ugly: Might have the crazy idea that he's worth a long-term contract despite being in and out of action more than Matt Damon.
The Good: Finally played 81 games for the first time in his career, and proved to be a vital offensive weapon for the Blackhawks to the tune of 29 goals and 77 points, both career highs. Had 15 points in 16 playoff games.
The Bad: Like Gaborik, his previous few years were less "season ticket" and more "partial plan" thanks to injuries.