No event judges the true free-agency worth of an NHL player as harshly as the Stanley Cup playoffs do.
These six upcoming free agents found that out the hard way.
Hoards of talented skaters with expiring contracts—exactly 100 of which made $1 million or more in 2013—will be hitting the open market on July 5th, gauging their offers and potentially picking a new city in which to play hockey.
In the meantime, however, a pseudo-stock market on those pending UFAs has developed with the current trends directly tied to the events of ongoing NHL postseason. For a certain half-dozen players, their performances are doing absolutely no wonders for their projected free-agent value.
What's gone wrong for each of them in the playoffs, and how is affecting their respective July values? A breakdown of six soon-to-be UFAs with rapidly declining free-agent worth falls on the coming slides.