Regardless of what transpires in the Stanley Cup Final, NHL fans can rest assured this upcoming offseason will undoubtedly be more enjoyable than the 2012 version.
The ominous black cloud of an impending player lockout highlighted the last offseason, even as stars like Rick Nash and Zach Parise switched squads.
This time around, business has been settled. On-ice implications are once again the primary focus of organizations' summer agendas.
There are compelling free agents, emerging standouts set to garner more attention and struggling franchise cornerstones currently shrouded in controversy. All these elements add up to an action-packed offseason for followers of professional hockey.
Here's a look at players you can expect to hear plenty about as another offseason unfolds. Each man commands the spotlight for a unique reason.