Free agency is here once again and with the NHL salary cap for 2010-11 set at $59.4 million, teams have a bit more room to use to change the makeup of their roster.
Ilya Kovalchuk, traded from the Atlanta Thrashers to New Jersey Devils last season, headlines this year's batch of unrestricted free agents looking for a new contract. Will he get the $10 million he was previously seeking? Will the rumors out of Los Angeles come to fruition? Or will Kovalchuk possibly bolt to the Kontinental League?
The goalie market is full of names, but it's not yet clear where any of them fit in. Evgeni Nabokov will be finding his way out of San Jose for the first time in his career, while Marty Turco looks to regain his form in a town other than Dallas. And how about Chris Mason, who made a name for himself in St. Louis; who will pay for his services?
Sergei Gonchar, Dan Hamhuis and Anton Volchenkov lead the way for an interesting group of defensemen. A mix of puckmoving and puck-blocking, any team looking to add a little character or skill to its lineup has a choice when they turn down the 'D' aisle.
So buckle up and follow along with up-to-date analysis off all the key signings on Day 1.