2011 NHL Free Agent Rumors: One Player for Each Team That Won't Be Back

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2011 NHL Free Agent Rumors: One Player for Each Team That Won't Be Back
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Fans and teams alike should be used to life in the age of the salary cap era by now.

Teams have to make choices.

There are players teams would love to keep, but just don't have the space to sign him back on. Trades could free up some money, but these days it's generally very hard to find a trade partner that doesn't want to go dollar-for-dollar.

Then there are those players who showed promise, or flashes of something that a particular team liked. So they signed him to an extensive, high dollar deal. A year or two into it, the skater hasn't lived up to the contract, but is still making money. 

They are a cap drain of sorts, forcing the team to move players they'd like to keep since, in most cases, no one will take on a high dollar under-achiever (unless you're Montreal). These are players your team just can't afford to keep, but more or less have to.

Then there are players that a team just doesn't want back, for one reason or another. Maybe enough youth is on their way up that a depth guy isn't needed, or the antics of that particular player just isn't worth it any more.

This list will deal with all three scenarios. Whatever the reasoning, be it money, bad contracts, or performance, here is my list of one player per team that won't be wearing the same colors (or maybe any colors at all) come October.

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