The new collective bargaining agreement will come into play at the end of the season when the 2013 crop of free agents hits the market.
There doesn't appear to be the same kind of 1-2 punch at the top of the list of available players that surfaced last year when Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils and Ryan Suter of the Nashville Predators made themselves available.
Both signed with the Minnesota Wild and that team could be significantly improved this season.
Jarome Iginla has been with the Calgary Flames throughout his career but he will be a free agent at the end of the season unless he can come to a new deal with the Flames during the season. His scoring ability will make him a valuable addition to a team that considers itself a contender.
Here's a look at the top free agents who will be available this offseason. Contract status has been supplied by CapGeek.com.