The NHL playoffs are a time when players rise to the occasion or wilt under the pressure. Postseason performance can determine a player's value to his team. It can also factor into his free-agent stock, particularly if he's eligible for unrestricted free agency following the playoffs.
NHL general managers tend to succumb to auction fever during the opening days of free agency. A star's postseason efforts can enhance or sink their free-agent value.
Though the playoffs are only in the second round, we can begin to gauge how the play of several potential free agents could affect their stock. Performance, however, isn't always enough. In some cases, star power or reputation could offset a disappointing effort this spring.
Here's a look at this summer's notable free-agent candidates whose reputations and performances in the 2014 playoffs could determine their value this summer.