Though the ending of the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks first round series made it seem like the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs were over, there are still three rounds to go—crazy, I know—before the offseason officially begins, but that doesn't mean we can't look ahead now.
It could be a wild offseason at that, with a number of teams who will be looking to fill the needs at various positions on their club, after either disappointing campaigns this season, or simply looking to build on an team that's already a contender.
The fact that an entire franchise could be on the move adds a little more flavour to this offseason as well.
Yes, though there's still plenty of hockey to be played—thankfully—before months without on-ice action, it never hurts to contemplate the future. Actually, it can hurt, but we're going to go ahead and do it anyway.
Here's some juicy possibilities—whether trade or free-agent signing—in the NHL this summer. And yeah, juicy.