With the Stanley Cup finals now in the rear-view mirror, many general managers will be looking back on the 2011-12 season and assessing the areas in which their team fell short. Some teams were only a key player or two away from hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup themselves.
For those teams, finding a big free agent talent is pivotal for an improved 2012-13 season.
This year’s free agent class is deep. There are plenty of players, many with extensive playoff experience, that will be valuable targets this summer.
Teams like the Rangers, Blues and Canucks had impressive regular seasons, but ultimately fell short in crunch time. Those teams, among others, will look to bounce back in 2012-13 and in order to do so, they will need to search for the missing piece of the puzzle this offseason.
This article will lay out the NHL’s top four unrestricted free agents and point out what on-ice advantages they can bring to a new team.