With discussions between the NHL and the NHLPA finally resuming, there may still be hope for the two to salvage an NHL season, albeit a short season; any hockey is better than no hockey.
If the season is to be recovered, teams will start finalizing rosters and may need to look to the free-agent pool to do so.
While most of the top end talent was signed prior to the lockout, there are still players available who have the potential and the experience to make an impact on the NHL level.
Here are the top free agents available by position.
LW: Brian Rolston, Thomas Holmstrom
RW: Tom Kostopoulos, Mike Knuble
C: Daymond Langkow, Brendan Morrison
D: Chris Campoli, Kurtis Foster
G: Dwayne Roloson