With the NHL regular season coming to a close in just a few days, 14 NHL teams will be done with their 82 games and move onto the summer offseason—a time that, despite its slow-moving pace, can often make the difference for a team's success for seasons and seasons to come. Soon handfuls more teams eliminated from the postseason will join them, and quickly enough the free agent market will become the buzz of the league.
This summer there's going to be plenty of commotion in the free agent market, as there are plenty of superstar players ready to jump into the hectic period of NHL free agency, beginning July 1. As their seasons wind down, there are also a number of players, many of whom just made a move at the March 3 trade deadline, who are poised to become unrestricted free agents in a couple months, eligible to sign with any team, anywhere they want.
That pool is especially big this year, with massive stars from both conferences on the last months of their multi-million dollar contracts. However, the more players involved, the more interesting our summers are! Here are 14 UFA's (unrestricted free agents) sure to make a splash in this offseason's market.