It's over. If's finally over.
The lockout that threatened to cancel the 2012-13 season in its entirety has been put to bed. If Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr can cross the T's and dot all the I's, we will have hockey, most likely by Jan. 19.
This compacted season should be an exciting one. Teams need to get off to fast starts if they want to make the playoffs, and individual players who will be free agents at the end of the season need to start producing right away.
Here's a look at 10 big-name free agents who need to impress to get solid contracts next year, when a lower salary cap will impact on all teams.
All contract information is courtesy of CapGeek.com.