By now, everybody knows that the NHL playoffs are the best time of the year. The excitement of not knowing which player is going to step up every night just makes things so much more interesting than figuring out how many points Kobe Bryant is going to score each game.
Two rounds of postseason play—for one player on the list, only one round—can do wonders for a soon-to-be free agent.
Unrestricted, restricted, it doesn’t matter. The only thing these players have in common is that they are all having excellent postseasons thus far and will be seeing some serious money headed their way next season.
A few teams are going to have their hands full trying to re-sign all of the talent that has suddenly appeared in the playoffs.
Here are five free agents that have proven their worth in the playoffs.