Sure it's a year away, but free agency is always a big part of the NHL these days, so here's a look at the top 15 potential free agents for the summer of 2013 and where they may be headed.
Keep in mind that any of these players can re-sign with their present teams before next summer (free agency usually begins July 1st although that could change under the new collective bargaining agreement once it finally gets signed). They can also be dealt at the trade deadline if there is little or no hope of re-signing the player.
As for possible destinations, I tried to keep it logical, taking team needs into consideration more than salary cap issues and the like.
I also chose the top 15 based on skill, age, performance and health. I also took into consideration how likely they are to actually go to free agency. On those factors, a player like Daniel Alfredsson, who is a star player, did not make this list because of his age and the fact that if he stays in the NHL, it will almost certainly be with the Senators.
Feel free to comment and let me know if there's anybody you thought I missed or if you have other possible destinations for these players.