Although the Stanley Cup playoffs just got underway, it is never too early to start looking towards free agency.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have 12 players who will be free agents at the end of this season. Nine players are unrestricted free agents, while three are restricted free agents. All of these players are forwards; none of the defensemen or goaltenders have contracts set to expire.
Each of these 12 players brings something special to the team, but the Penguins can't keep all of them for 2011-12.
So who should stay and who should look for a new home?
As always, leave your thoughts in the comments.
Alison Myers is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Feel free to contact her with comments, questions or other writing opportunities at Alison.Myers@mail.com.