The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks are currently doing battle for the Stanley Cup, which means that fans of the 28 other NHL franchises are left with nothing to do but watch the final (curses!) and wonder what their favorite team will do to improve over the summer.
While the draft will be full of interesting storylines, 2013's free-agency crop isn't short on intrigue either.
After almost a decade of squads locking up their youngest and best players to long-term, lucrative deals, it seems that the days of the massive addition via free agency are behind us. Still, there are plenty of rock-solid players available to teams that are willing to open the checkbook and sign—for the right price.
Striking out on free agents can happen in more ways than one. Sometimes, general managers end up getting their man, only to find out down the road that there were some red flags between the lines that they, perhaps, failed to consider.