The NHL free-agency market has become a get rich quick scheme for players across the league. During 2011 NHL free agency, Brad Richards, Christian Ehrhoff, Ilya Bryzgalov and many others cashed in on teams looking to spend money and improve their team. In summers prior to that, Ilya Kovalchuk, Daniel Briere and countless others have done the same thing. The open market can be a wonderful thing.
Next summer, expect the trend to continue, as plenty of high-profile players will be opening up the bidding for their services if their current teams are not able to lure them into high-priced long-term contracts of their own.
The 2012 NHL free-agent class has no shortage of talent, but teams around the league better be ready to open up their checkbooks.