What's more exciting than the NHL Playoffs? Well, NHL free agency certainly comes close.
In all seriousness, NHL free agency is one of the most anticipated times of the calendar year in hockey. Since the introduction of the salary cap era, the offseason has become an increasingly interesting process.
The list of available players during the 2011 NHL offseason has a handful of potential impact players, both in the free-agent and trade market.
Brent Burns and Bryan McCabe are big names available on the blue line, while Brad Richards and Alex Tanguay headline the forward group. Goalies Marty Turco and Corey Schneider could compel some clubs as well.
In any event, it's all speculation until we find out who re-signs and who gets tossed into the free-agent pool. For now, here is each team's most likely departure.