NHL Free Agency 2014: Top Five Free Agent Forwards

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5. Matt Moulson

Mar 11, 2014; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Moulson (26) against the Edmonton Oilers at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Minnesota Wild

2013-2014 Stats: 75 games played, 23 goals, 28 assists, 51 points, +2

Matt Moulson started the 2013-2014 season with the New York Islanders, was traded to the Buffalo Sabres, and then ended up with the Minnesota Wild and was part of their playoff run.

Despite having a weird and unpredictable season, Matt Moulson had a nice year. He was a 20+ goals scorer, a 50+ point producer, and a plus player.

The big question was if he was going to be able to put up good numbers without John Tavares on his line like he was in New York. He was put in a top-six role with the Wild, and he played well while playing just under 18 minutes per game.

Coming off a three-year, $9.4 million contract, Matt Moulson will likely be in for a raise this offseason. He should get at least $4 million per year with his next team.

Matt Moulson is a three-time a 30-goal scorer, and a team will likely come out and pay him like a 30-goal scorer.

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  • thestormchaser

    Moulson is the only one of the bunch that is interesting to me as a Canes armchair GM. The rest are too old or too expensive.

  • Ron Faler

    Canes have to get Nash off that third line and replace him with a proper third line centerman. That one move in itself will make a huge difference. Avoid making this move and you run the risk of having Skinner and Lindholm struggling to be a dominant line.

    • http://CardiacCane.com Brett Finger

      Riley Nash isn’t a third-line center IMO. He is a fourth-line center in the NHL or a top-six center in the AHL. Not convinced he’s a top-nine player for the Canes yet.