In July, National Hockey League player agent Pat Brisson said he wanted to have the "right setup" for his client, unrestricted free-agent forward Brad Boyes.
Ditto for agent Brad Devine and his client, left-winger Brenden Morrow.
Six weeks later, how long are agents and players willing to wait it out for the right deal, given NHL training camps open Wednesday?
"A lot of general managers love their rosters in August and then things change in September and October," agent Matt Keator told USA Today Sports recently.
Keator represents UFA defencemen Ron Hainsey and Ryan O’Byrne, and said patience is the key in such situations.
While the Florida Panthers have offered Boyes a professional tryout contract (PTO), he isn't signed for the upcoming campaign.
Keator said GMs are waiting things out in hopes of getting a sweet deal, especially with the salary cap dropping from $70.2 million US to $64.3 million.
"As we get into September and rosters start defining themselves and teams start to see where they are, things will change," Keator said. "It happens every year."
Notable free agents, including Morrow and Hainsey, are featured in the gallery above.