On July 1, hockey writers and broadcasters warm up their Blackberry fingers and get ready for the big free-agent frenzy to begin.
On August 1, the media is either at the Olympics—or on holiday at the lake.
With the exception of Shane Doan, most of the big names have found their next homes. Doan is still most likely to re-sign with the Coyotes, though he continues to meet with other teams. If he makes a move, it sounds like he'll be richly compensated by the suitor he chooses.
For more budget-conscious general managers, there are still a few unsigned free agents who could make a difference for the right team, at the right price. Here's a look at twelve "glue guys" that could get signed in August.