Years of financial planning have put particular NHL teams in position to make an impression on the current crop of free agents. While some squads are strapped by salary issues, others are set to make a splash and pursue some of the top players in a talent-laden market.
Loyalty, location and playoff contention loom large on the list of most free agents' agendas. But in most cases, cash is king.
Here's a look at teams with the financial flexibility and motive to make moves this offseason. Expect these franchises to be active members of the free-agent frenzy throughout the summer.
Salary figures courtesy of CapGeek.com.