For NHL players, stakes get high when they enter the last year of their contracts.
Whether they're young players looking to establish themselves in the league, restricted free agents striving for security or highly coveted veteran free agents looking to hit the jackpot, a player's performance in a contract year can make the difference between maximizing a payday and settling for less—less money, a shorter term and fewer options.
Keep an eye on these 10 players in particular this year. Each has a contract scheduled to expire at the end of 2014-15. Each faces a unique set of circumstances and has something different to prove.