The NHL regular season has come to an end. The playoff matchups are set. The lineups for each team are pretty much locked in and the NHL's general managers can now take a deep breath. Sixteen of those GMs will watch their teams compete in the playoffs. The remaining GMs will wish their teams well after the players clean out their dressing room stalls.
Well, most of the above is true. The one thing that may be a stretch is the part where the GMs get to relax. The work of a general manager is never done and they need to start thinking about next year, how can they make their teams better.
One way to improve is through free agency. What follows are the five best potential free agents at each position. It should be noted that some players are not included in this list. Players such as Nicklas Lidstrom, Teemu Selanne and Martin Brodeur have been excluded. True, these players will be free agents, but the odds of them doing anything but retiring or re-signing with their current teams are very slim.
With that in mind, enjoy the top 15 players that may be available as free agents.