Just a few weeks separate NHL squads from embarking on another rendition of the annual free-agent frenzy. Some headliners are certain to steal the show and emerge as immensely coveted commodities (keep your cell phones handy, Jarome Iginla and Nathan Horton), but championship rosters are built on savvy moves that contribute to depth.
Beyond the marquee names are a number of exceptional players set to fly under the radar when offseason action commences. Members of this list will receive plenty of attention but may have to let the market develop before making a decision instead of dictating the situation.
You won't find any Hart Trophy front-runners here but expect these athletes to emerge as viable free-agent options for a variety of Cup-hungry teams. Undervalue them at your own risk.