One of the most disappointing aspects of the lockout is that it is depriving hockey fans everywhere an opportunity to see how some new faces in some new places would have performed.
There were many free agency signings this offseason, some bigger than others, but all of them having some impact upon the teams involved and, on a broader scale, the NHL as a whole.
The Minnesota Wild were the big winners in free agency as they snatched probably the two most coveted prizes when they inked both Ryan Suter and Zach Parise to deals that are valued at more than $98 million over the next 13 years (ESPN).
Were the Wild on the verge of being contenders for the Stanley Cup? Many believed so.
Other signings were equally interesting, albeit less splashy than the Parise/Suter signing.
For instance, there was Alexander Semin being bypassed by any number of teams and then finally signing a one-year deal to play for the Carolina Hurricanes for $7 million (NHL.com).
Was Semin going to get the last laugh on his former teammates in Washington by leading the Hurricanes to the Southeast Division title? Perhaps.
There were rumors that Shane Doan might be interested in leaving Phoenix but in the end, the longtime captain of the Coyotes stayed put (azcentral.com).
There were many other moves made that had all sorts of implications for the season—a season that might not ever come to pass.
How might things have turned out if the season had started on time? Even though it won't, what might we have expected from some of the big free agent signings of the offseason?
In this article, let's take a look at the top 15 free agent signings of the offseason and try to predict how they would have done and what their stats might have looked like.