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Free agents each Eastern Conference team should sign

After scoring 48 points in 68 games for Detroit and Florida last season, Thomas Vanek will be of interest to teams looking for some goal-scoring help, and one rising club makes particular sense as a destination. Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

With the expansion and entry drafts in the rearview mirror, NHL teams are now turning their attention to free agency, which begins Saturday.

Clubs will be making decisions based on their chances to win now, salary-cap space and roster construction. Let's have a look at the primary need for each Eastern Conference team, along with unrestricted free agents who would best help to fill those needs: