4 Teams You Can Expect to Make the Biggest Splash in NHL Free Agency

SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 3: Aleksander Barkov #16 celebrates his first period goal with Mike Hoffman #68 and Mark Pysyk #13 of the Florida Panthers xagainstthe Ottawa Senators at the BB&T Center on March 3, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Ottawa Senators v Florida Panthers | Joel Auerbach

The 2019 NHL season has come to an end with the St. Louis Blues being crowned the Stanley Cup Champions after beating the Boston Bruins in seven games. Now everyone's focus will shift to the offseason, where there are some teams that are almost a guarantee to make some huge moves this summer.

4. New York Rangers

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 29: Jimmy Vesey #26 of the New York Rangers celebrates his game winning goal against the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden on March 29, 2019 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Blues 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
St Louis Blues v New York Rangers | Bruce Bennett

The New York Rangers have a lot of cap space this offseason, and there are a bunch of rumors surrounding what they will spend their money on. One thing is for sure, however, and that is that the Rangers will get an amazing player with the second overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. The Rangers are a good bet to make a big splash this summer to accelerate their rebuild, while also welcoming some fresh young talent.

3. Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 01: Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates with the bench after scoring the second goal against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Staples Center on April 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)
Calgary Flames v Los Angeles Kings | Yong Teck Lim

The Los Angeles Kings finished near the bottom of the NHL's totem pole this season, and need a plan to return to their glory days where they won two Stanley Cup's in three years. With that being said, they will not get there with their current roster, and will need to make some trades and weigh out all possibilities in free agency. Along with the fifth overall pick, the Kings could be big spenders on the open market.

2. Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - MARCH 27: The Philadelphia Flyers celebrate a 5-4 shoot-out win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Wells Fargo Center on March 27, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Toronto Maple Leafs v Philadelphia Flyers | Bruce Bennett

The Philadelphia Flyers have a bunch of cap space and are in prime position to sign at least one big free agent this summer, and maybe even make history. The Flyers are one of few teams that could make an irresistible offer to a restricted free agent on an offer sheet, one too large for the player's current team to match. However it plays out, the Flyers are sure to make some big moves maybe as soon as the NHL Draft.

1. Florida Panthers

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 14:  Mike Hoffman #68 of the Florida Panthers is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 14, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Florida Panthers v San Jose Sharks | Ezra Shaw

The Florida Panthers have some salary cap space and are looking to become instant Stanley Cup contenders in one offseason. The Panthers have been the presumptuous frontrunners to land star goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and have been in the mix for Artemi Panarin as well. The Panthers are not going to let two big free agents fall out of their hands, so expect them to be extremely active on the market.