It's never to early to start looking at what players can become free agents when the NHL season comes to an end. In fact, with no hockey being played in the NHL, it's one of the few things that we can talk about other than who is to blame for the lockout and when will the two sides come to their senses.
Here, we have the cream of the crop of next year's class of potential unrestricted free agents. There are the players that are facing an uncertain future, as their contracts could very well expire without one minute of hockey being played during the 2012-13 season.
Some may hope that happens, while others have to have their fingers crossed hoping they can showcase themselves for new deals.
It should be noted that this list is compiled in order of current contract dollars, with the lowest paid players at the beginning of the list. Another note, players that are nearing the end of their careers and may opt to hang up the skates have been excluded.