April 15, 2012; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (7) battles New Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) for the puck in the third period of game two of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at BankAtlantic Center. The Panthers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
NHL Free Agency bidding begins noon Sunday (and we'll be chatting Live from our Wellington War Room at 10 a.m. ET) but there should be plenty of rumors, speculation, innuendo, and flat-out fantasy to discuss in the meantime.
UFAs get the lion's share of attention at this point in any year but keep in mind the Panthers contain a small collection of restricted free agents, including the likes of Dmitry Kulikov (above) and Kris Versteeg, to bring under contract, which make this year's edition of Free Agent Frenzy all the more critical to Florida's future.
Links? Guesses? Wild-eyed theories? Let's hear 'em...