Most of the free agents put their names on contracts months ago.
The signings were made with great expectations. Teams that were either trying to climb the ladder or maintain their position added big names. (In the case of the Phoenix Coyotes, they held on to a very important free agent.)
With the lockout lifted, it's now time for these free agents to turn potential into production.
They may have been welcomed with open arms, but the pressure to produce and perform in clutch situations will be significant.
Here are eight free agents who must perform right away.