We're now less than three weeks away from training camps all over the NHL opening up. New faces will be in new places, and some players will be unexpectedly putting on a new sweater.
After a summer in which big contracts like Brian Campbell, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Dany Heatley were moved, the NHL is also headed towards one of the deepest free agent classes in recent memory in the summer of 2012.
Many teams are up against or, in some cases, over the salary cap with less than a month left until camp opens. Conversations between general managers will continue until hours before opening night. Some players need to move, others won't. Some organizations (Buffalo) need to move salary off their books, while others might want the flexibility that moving a big deal affords; look at how Chicago was able to fill their roster with veterans after moving Campbell.
In alphabetical order, we'll look through the entire NHL at the player whose contract each franchise would like to unload as the season draws near.
All salaries mentioned in this piece are cited off Capgeek.com.