The 2011-2012 NHL season is nearly halfway through. Most teams have played 33 games already, roughly 40 percent of the schedule.
General managers understand at this point whether or not their team has a chance to compete in the playoffs. From now until the trade deadline, those team executives will have to make decisions on whom to move and not to move.
Upcoming free agents immediately enter the conversation; if the team is missing the playoffs and not planning to re-sign a useful player, sending him to a contender is always a smart move.
The NHL has a lot of talent available in the upcoming summer. This list includes the best NHL players who will be both unrestricted and restricted free agents.