Three weeks after the NHL's 2014 free-agency window opened, the flow of signings has slowed to a trickle.
After handing out long-term deals with big dollar values to the most coveted prospects, teams are now bargain shopping with shorter terms and smaller cap hits.
Last weekend, the New York Rangers scored good value when they signed dependable winger Lee Stempniak to a one-year, $900,000 deal. The Toronto Maple Leafs followed up on Tuesday with the announcement that they'd signed left winger David Booth to a one-year deal, reportedly worth $1.1 million, per NHL.com.
At this point, there are plenty of aging veterans on the market who wouldn't mind one last kick at the can. Even if teams limit their searches to players who are 35 and under, useful players are still available, likely at reasonable prices.
Prudent NHL teams have a chance to plug holes in their roster through free agency with limited risk. Hitting a home run at this stage of the game can be a real reputation-booster for a general manager.
Here's a look at six unsigned players who could be difference-makers next year if they're lucky enough to find the right fit for their situation.