NHL Free Agency is underway, and teams have to make tough decisions on who to add to their payroll in hopes of improving their roster.
Past results, recent trends, and personal traits will be taken into account as all 30 teams look to add the player(s) they need to become serious Stanley Cup contenders.
Interpreting statistics, determining a player's potentials and background checks take a lot of time and effort. To make things easier, teams could just look at each players' WAGs and determine whether or not each NHL star's significant other will generate the most interest in their team.
The following are the hottest WAGs of the 2010 NHL Free Agency class.
Colby Armstrong spent the last three years with the Atlanta Thrashers after being traded from Pittsburgh in the deal that sent Marian Hossa to the Penguins.
Although he is a solid third line player and a great locker room presence, Armstrong has never played like a first-round pick.
Armstrong should be a good addition to the Leafs, who can take a low-risk, high-reward player on to try to turn things around in Toronto. Armstrong brings along his wife Mel Lavelle, whom he married last year.
Ilya Kovalchuk, the NHL's most sought-after free agent, looks like he might sign with the New Jersey Devils in a seven-year, $60 million deal, after being courted by several teams including the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Islanders.
Kovy's wife, Nicole, is not as well known as some of the other women dating or married to hockey players. She played in a band in Atlanta before marrying the then-Thrashers winger.
The couple is pictured here during their wedding ceremony.
The only player from the Sharks inaugural team (1991) remaining in the NHL, Whitney has made stops in Edmonton, Florida, Columbus, Detroit, and Carolina before signing with the Coyotes this season.
A veteran winger who helped the 'Canes win a Stanley Cup in 2006, he was not re-signed by Carolina, a team going through a major youth movement after their season derailed early last year.
Ray (middle) is pictured with former Hurricanes forward Rod Brind'Amour— who retired last year after handing his captaincy over to up-and-coming star Eric Staal— and his wife Brijet, and their son.
After losing his captaincy and falling out of favor in San Jose, the Sharks' all-time leading scorer netted 44 goals and tallied 83 points, making him a potential big player in free agency.
In need of additional scoring, the crosstown rival Los Angeles Kings were a plausible destination for Marleau before he signed with the Sharks for an additional four years.
Patrick and his wife Christina have two children: London (pictured) and Brody.
A longtime Buffalo Sabres forward, Maxim Afinogenov joined the Atlanta Thrashers last year. The Thrashers hoped that his productivity and veteran leadership would help ignite a young team in need of keeping dynamic winger Ilya Kovalchuk.
Kovalchuk left Atlanta, but the Thrashers— or another team that needs a veteran presence— should be looking to sign the seasoned Afinogenov.
Another incentive for Atlanta to re-sign Afinogenov is that they are lacking in attendance and if their young team is unable to please a tormented fanbase, tennis star Elena Dementieva should be an alternative attraction.
The first overall pick in 1990 by the Quebec Nordiques (now known as the Colorado Avalanche), Owen Nolan is entering the final years of his NHL career and is hoping to join a contender that can bring him his first Stanley Cup.
A member of the Avalanche in 1996, their Stanley Cup-winning year, Nolan was dealt to the Sharks before the postseason. Since his time with the Sharks, he has spent time with the Maple Leafs, Coyotes, Flames, and Wild.
Although some contenders may have reserves about what Nolan has in the tank, they will benefit from the presence of his wife, Diana Larsen.
In his prime, Jose Theodore was an outstanding goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens. However, since the lockout, his play has slumped. His time in Colorado and Washington has been less than spectacular.
Theodore will probably still sign with an NHL club, but he's no longer a hot commodity and he probably will not sign a large contract because teams are reluctant to spend on goaltending after the success of underpaid netminders in last year's playoffs.
Although rumors of Theodore's romantic relations with starlet Paris Hilton have not surfaced since his time in Montreal, a possibility of bringing in Hilton as a package deal may make Theodore stand out in a crowd.
A two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins, Jaromir Jagr also spent time with the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers before going overseas to play with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.
Rumors circulated that the Edmonton Oilers were going to land the Czech superstar, who apparently wanted a break from an 82 game schedule for a few seasons, but he has recently signed with Avangard for another year and is likely to end his career in Russia.
Edmonton certainly has to be saddened by this news, because the presence of Czech model Inna Puhajkova— who has been romantically linked to Jagr— in the Rexall Place would certainly give fans an incentive to watch the lowly Oilers.
An inconsistent Russian forward, Alexander Frolov has been with the Kings since 2002. A young player with a lot of upside, Frolov should be a hot commodity in free agency, but his inconsistent play and time spent in Kings' coach Terry Murray's doghouse has decreased his value.
On the other hand, Alexander's wife Alina is a great reason to take a risk on this free agent. If the Kings want to keep the Staples Center filled for hockey games, they can be assured that her presence in the arena will bring many Kings aficionados out of their homes so they can see her in person.
It would be a shame to see her leave America if Frolov signs with the KHL.
The first player to be drafted from a service academy, Dan Hinote was drafted 167th overall in 1996 out of West Point by the Colorado Avalanche.
After his time with the Avs, he joined the St. Louis Blues before going overseas to play for Modo Hockey in the Swedish Elite League. A solid player in his own right, Hinote is a sleeper in the free agent market.
Even if there are questions about Hinote's productivity at the NHL level, his marriage to actress Jenny McCarthy's sister Amy— a Playboy model— would bring additional attention to a team with some seats to fill.