Stanley Cups are won in June, but the teams that win them are made in the summer and at the trade deadline.
As a result, every move a team makes is important. Even a team out of the playoff picture has an opportunity to make certain moves at the trade deadline to give themselves a shot at the title the following season.
General managers from the top of the standings to the bottom are constantly assessing moves and looking for opportunities to improve.
With each new class of pending unrestricted free agents comes a plethora of decisions to be made. How valuable is the player to the team's chances that season? If he is not traded, will the team benefit? If the franchise hangs onto him, will they eventually lose him for nothing?
Let's take a look at some prominent names in the upcoming class of UFAs and determine whether their clubs should re-sign them before July 1st, trade them before the deadline or keep them on board and let them walk once the season ends.
Contract information via capgeek.com.