The NHL and NHLPA have held several meetings this past week. The ongoing conversations have begun to raise hopes that perhaps the lockout will be coming to a close in the not-too-distant future.
Many are looking forward to the day that NHLPA head Donald Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman release statements saying that the lockout has come to an end.
One additional group of individuals also have to be looking forward to that day, the players that became unrestricted free agents and went unsigned before the lockout went into effect.
Since mid-September these players have been in limbo, not sure if they will be picked up by an NHL team. Some will surely sign new contracts, others will find other leagues to play in, while some will opt for retirement, whether by choice or necessity.
What follows are the top free-agent options that remain unsigned.