Faux Rumors has a comprehensive look at looming UFAs and RFAs that smart GM's should start signing to long term deals. This isnt a list of every UFA and RFA out there, just the ones that teams can/are being built upon. Very worthwhile reading.
Yes, folks we are hearing that teams/GM's have evidently learned from the mistakes of some of their colleagues this past season/summer, and are actively negotiating extensions with BOTH soon to be UFA's as well as RFA's. Only a season ago that would have been the exception. Most teams and players alike didn't like to even discuss contracts during a season.