The Stanley Cup playoffs provide hockey fans with a spectacle that tends to reveal the current state of NHL standouts. Some players are just beginning their journey in the pros, while others are entering the twilight portion of accomplished careers.
Here, we focus on the latter.
Father Time and several seasons of severe collisions eventually take a toll on all talented athletes, regardless of the sport. Although the lockout-shortened season provided aging veterans with an opportunity to preserve some gas in the tank, it quickly becomes apparent when a player is running on fumes at this stage of spring.
That's not to say these players can't still help their team advance in the postseason (with the exception of a down-and-out goalie who has already been eliminated). These veterans are savvy and provide leadership in the locker room, but it's clear each one can't be counted on to provide the same production of past years.