Going into this past summer, there were a few big names set to become UFAs that everyone was talking about. Players like Brad Richards at forward, Christian Ehrhoff on defense and Ilya Bryzgalov in goal.
Leading up to July 1, obviously Bryzgalov ended up being off the market, after having his rights traded to the Philadelphia Flyers and then being signed prior to becoming a free agent.
However, Richards ended up having his pick of multiple teams on July 1.
Let’s look ahead to next summer and look at who the biggest names will be heading into free agency. Some of these players won't be available come July 1, 2012, as they will have been re-signed.
Some of them will become free agents though, and will have their pick of many large contract offers.
Let's take a look at next summer's biggest pending UFAs.
Note: For the sake of availability, I’ve only included UFAs on this list.