NHL players who are virtually impossible to envision in any attire other than that of their current team still have something to play for as they approach unrestricted or restricted free agency in the summer of 2013.
Even if they do not intend to go elsewhere, nor does their team plan on letting them loose, some players need to earn more trust to garner more years and money on their contract renewal. Or, if nothing else, they need to be sure not to mishandle a delicate situation and let a steadily positive trend plummet.
Then there are those who are fully or relatively new to a given team and have between now and the season finale to prove they can work into the team’s long-term ambitions.
Come what may, here are 10 players who must sustain or improve their performances in the final months of their contract in order to stay where they are and/or elevate their income.