2011 NHL Free Agency is not that far off, and that means teams will have to make decisions about who to sign and who will be moving on.
Compared to last year, this year's class isn't as deep. There is a top-notch offensive talent in Brad Richards, but after that the unrestricted free agency cupboard is pretty bare in terms of top-end players. That doesn't mean there aren't players available who teams would want.
Or in this case, players that teams need to keep.
These are the players that each NHL franchise needs to keep around, the prospective free agents each team can't live without. Some of them are NHL stars entering restricted free agency at the end of their entry level contracts, while others are the character guys each team needs.
So without further ado, these are the free agents each team needs to re-sign.
(Note: All contract statuses came from capgeek.com)