Next year's FA's are impossible to prognosticate about re-signing IMO because a ton of it is CBA contingent. Sure GMs still signed UFA's in the dark, because they had to to get/keep them, but if you're under contract for next season, there's no reason for the team (and in some cases probably the player too) to push hard to re-sign a guy now. If I was a player I'd be doing all in my power to get a nice retirement extension before they flip the rules (if they don't limit term severly I'll be floored), but unless your name is Crosby (probably another 3-5 guys with that kind of value/leverage) you can't get a team to do those deals now if they control you for '12-'13 season.
If you're a Leafs fan you hope that leads to some bitterness that causes these guys to walk away and matches up with a lot of freed up cap space, but I wouldn't bet on it going that way. And you're going to have to trade for them almost assuredly anyway as I can't see too many of these players sticking past the trade deadline without a deal in place.