There's nothing like a strong Stanley Cup run to improve a free agent's bargaining position.
Last year, for instance, Chicago's Bryan Bickell scored 17 points on his way to landing a rich four-year, $4.0 million dollar deal that would have been inconceivable just two months previously.
Which free agents could be pumping up their offers this year?
To answer that question I studied a variety of different analytics for each of the pending unrestricted free agents (UFAs) who have seen postseason action. Red-hot restricted free agents like Lars Eller and P.K. Subban were excluded.
Any established stars who merely reinforced their perceived value were ignored—like Jarome Iginla or Andrei Markov. Only those whose negotiating positions were substantially improved by their playoff performances were included.
The speculative nature of this analysis leaves a lot of room for subjective opinion, so be sure to weigh in with your own. Let's begin!
All advanced statistics are from Extra Skater or via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted.