Mustache-touting Brian Boyle protects the puck deep in the Rangers' attacking zone in 2013-14.
Hundreds of forwards around the league will hit the open market this summer, but the 'Canes will need to identify a select few to add much-needed toughness, experience and bottom-six efficiency to their offensive roster.
Some speculative targets:
C Brian Boyle
The 29-year-old former Rangers tough guy will add a hearty dose of attitude and physicality to one team this summer, having tallied 154 hits (second on the team) and 18 points in 2013-14.
Brian Boyle, a 6'7", 244-pound monster, has played all 82 games in three consecutive full-length campaigns and boasts 58 games of postseason experience from the past four years alone.
C Jay McClement
A prototypical defensive, bottom-six center, Jay McClement led the Maple Leafs in faceoff percentage (53.6 percent) and short-handed time on ice (3:25 per game) in 2013-14.
However, the 31-year-old hasn't scored more than 17 points in a single season since 2009-10.
C Vernon Fiddler
After an unhappy 2013-14 season in Dallas, the 34-year-old Vernon Fiddler will be sought after for his experience and reliability as a fourth-line center this summer. He's a solid faceoff man and decent playmaker, accumulating the majority of his points via assists.
LW Dustin Penner
The aging Dustin Penner is far from the scorer he used to be, but the 6'4", 247-pound 31-year-old can still be an intimidating power forward in the bottom six. He scored an impressive 32 points in 49 games for Anaheim last season but then only three in 18 appearances for Washington after a spring trade.
LW Daniel Winnik
An unheralded player throughout his career, Daniel Winnik set a career high with 30 points (six goals, 24 assists) on a 2013-14 Ducks squad where every player hit offensive milestones.
The 29-year-old ranked third among Anaheim forwards in both blocked shots and takeaways; he's an accountable defensive forward.
RW Nikolai Kulemin
Nikolai Kulemin's time in Toronto is done after three years of tension and disappointment, as the Russian winger's production dropped from 30 goals in 2010-11 to just nine this past year.
Nonetheless, Kulemin still possesses offensive talents well superior to what his salary will inevitably be in his next contract. At 27, he's one of the youngest available UFAs and was a linemate of Tlusty back in 2008-09.
LW Ryan Malone
Historically always at his best when facing Carolina, now-34-year-old Ryan Malone was freed from his ridiculous $4.5 million cap hit by a merciful Tampa Bay buyout earlier in June.
He was a 20-goal scorer as recently as 2011-12 and would be far from the first player to attempt a career revival in Raleigh.