Now that we got that out of the way, it is time for the other 29 teams to focus on next season. Free agency kicks in for the NHL at noon on July 1st and every year their seems to be more and more action during the summer free agency period. Every year their seem to be one or two players that are the prize of the summer with NHL teams bidding for their signature.
This year's prize is Finnish left winger, Ville Leino.
Leino's salary this past year was $800,000. Do not expect him to be making that next season. Leino will be paid somewhere in the range of $3 million per year, but the question is not if he will get paid, but who will pay him.
Leino tied the rookie record for most points in one Stanley Cup playoffs with Dino Ciccarelli and owns the rookie record for assists in the Stanely Cup finals. This past season Leino dominated and put up 53 points with 34 assists.
However, Leino put together a poor playoff effort this past couple months, but regardless Ville is going to get paid.
Here are five teams that may win out this offseason and snag the late blooming 27-year-old.