The NHL lockout is coming down to the wire, with the stalemate between the league and the players' union getting closer and closer to the unspoken deadline by which hockey will either return, or officially be canceled for 2012-13.
The lockout does not merely affect hockey by preventing the sport from being played. Because of the labor dispute, owners cannot trade, sign or extend players, meaning that teams have no opportunity to bring on important restricted and unrestricted free agents, nor can they initiate negotiations to extend key players whose contracts will expire in July.
Should the season actually get underway, every team will have free agency concerns to deal with. Some franchises will scramble to add players immediately; other will use the duration of the season to reach new deals before the summer.
Here is one player on each squad who is either a current free agent or a soon-to-be free agent and will be getting some extra attention from the general managers.
All free agency and salary information from capgeek.com.