The Top Early Storylines Surrounding 2017 NHL Free Agents

December 10th, 2016 by Lyle Richardson Leave a reply »
The recent re-signings of Brent Burns by the San Jose Sharks and Brad Marchand by the Boston Bruins took two top players out of next summer's pool of NHL unrestricted free agents. More focus is shifting upon those notables who still remain, such as Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop and St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. 

As this season progresses, circumstances could affect their value in the free-agent market. Performance will be a key factor, as will age, injury and their place in the lineup. 

Here's a look at the notable storylines surrounding each of the top players still available in next summer UFA market. Feel free to express your views on this topic in the comment section. 

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