There are a lot of talented players who need a new contract before the 2012-13 season begins.
Many young players that have already made an impact on the league will be restricted free agents. Others with more experience that have the opportunity to be unrestricted will be tempted to wait for the open market to tell them how much they're worth.
As each team plays through this season, teams will have to keep an eye on next summer so they don't let a player with value walk away for nothing. Some players will get a new deal during the season, as Pekka Rinne did from Nashville. Others might find themselves on the trading block because their value is greater to someone outside the organization they're with today.
In any event, the players listed here are the guys each team needs to lock up the most before next season begins.