NHL teams are not feeling the impact of the new salary cap this year.
However, next year will be a different story. Teams will be forced to keep their players' salaries at the $64.3 million mark or below (source: SI.com).
A reduction in salaries paid to players was the primary reason owners locked players out for four months this season prior to the two sides agreeing to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The NHL will have its usual complement of players available through free agency next summer.
Teams will be tempted to offer big-money contracts to a number of players.
Here are 10 players teams should avoid giving multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts to this summer.
(All salary figures are from capgeek.com.)