The status of a potential 2012-13 NHL season is still up in the air, and it may be time for several teams to start thinking about which upcoming free agents will able to help their franchises in 2013-14 and beyond.
The 2013 free-agent market should have plenty of big names on it—pending they don’t sign extensions before they hit the open market—including Alexander Semin, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Tim Thomas and many, many more.
Whether a team needs a forward, defenseman or goalie for the upcoming season, it shouldn’t have an issue finding one.
But for now, let’s focus on the players who will be saving shot after shot trying to help their team win the Stanley Cup. Teams like the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators are all set for the near future, but there are plenty of teams that will need to find a solid goaltender in free agency.
Whether it is because a current goalie’s contract expires or due to a lack of talent within the franchise, these are the teams that will be emptying their pockets to ensure that their goalie is the least of their problems.