The NHL community is currently focused on another exciting installment of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but changes loom on the horizon. General managers are constantly collecting data and developing their own game plan for when the championship chase concludes.
Free agency routinely reshapes the league's balance of power, and this upcoming summer should be no different. Accomplished veterans and emerging youngsters are sprinkled throughout the 2013 free agent pool.
You can anticipate attention shifting toward those players as the number of postseason teams dwindles. Contract extensions have taken some of the premier projected free agents off the market, most notably Jimmy Howard (Detroit), Alexander Semin (Carolina) and Corey Perry (Anaheim).
Here's a peek at impending free agents who can expect to be busy fielding phone calls when the offseason gets underway.