There is less than a month away before the madness, and one of the best days in the hockey season, begins. Mark July 1st on the calender as the first time you can declare your team as the new Stanley Cup contender (assuming they sign someone that is).
Although the day is usually a day for players to venture out, test the waters and see which teams are willing to over pay for their services, there are still many who welcome the idea of returning to the team they played on.
Not to knock the other option, but it is always nice to see players show loyalty to their teams. Sure, sometimes it is just not possible to make things work with the salary cap and all, but seeing an effort to stick with their previous club is great.
In the end though, leaving or hanging around with their team, free agency is all about cashing in for young players and for older players to find their best shot at a Stanley Cup. After all, winning the holy grail of hockey is the ultimate prize.
While our list comprises some young players, some old players and even some venturing on retirement, they all bring an aspect to their team that would be greatly missed should they depart.
Without any further ado, here are some of the top free agents who will not be moving come NHL free agency.