With the NHL's collective bargaining agreement set to expire on Sept. 15th, general managers will be operating in an unusual position this offseason, not knowing exactly how much they will need or be able to spend.
The salary cap's upper limit for the upcoming offseason is currently projected at around $69 million, as ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reported earlier this month. However, that number is only temporary for the summer. With a new CBA needing to be negotiated, if the owners and league have it their way, the salary cap could end up being lower.
Despite this, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, according to Yahoo! Sports, has told teams to continue with "business as usual," in regards to the offseason.
If teams follow Bettman's word, then expect to see the usual spending and bidding that occurs in any other offseason. Here is a list of the 10 best forwards who could be available as unrestricted free agents when July 1st comes around.