NHL Playoffs: Players with Something to Prove This Spring

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NHL Playoffs: Players with Something to Prove This Spring
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For many players, the playoffs present a new opportunity to rewrite history and amend their legacies. But being an All-Star or, in some cases, a future Hall-of-Famer offers no guarantee of postseason success. Simply getting there in the first place can be elusive goal. Just ask defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, a two-time All-Star who finally made his postseason debut after a deadline trade to St. Louis. He'd endured an NHL record 764 games spread across 10 seasons with perennial also-rans Calgary and Florida before getting a chance to display his considerable skills in the bright spring spotlight.

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