Games Played: 44
Points per Game Average: 0.50
2010-2011 Cap Hit: 3.750
Starting off our honorable mentions is Steve Sullivan, who is turning 36 years old this summer, and is probably going to be spending his July 6 birthday as an unrestricted free agent, unless Nashville acts quickly.
Sullivan had another consistent year in his 14th NHL season, and his sixth season in a Nashville jersey. Sullivan helped Nashville into the postseason and tallied three points, including one game winning goal, in nine games played.
Prediction: Sullivan should be expected to stay in a Nashville Predators sweater for at least next season.
Games Played: 68
Points per Game Average: 0.62
2010-2011 Cap Hit: 4.500
Tom Connolly of the Buffalo Sabres is our second honorable mention player, considering at least all the statistics point to him being a big name to watch during free agency.
The 30-year-old center has been a valued member of the Sabres for eight of his 10 NHL seasons, and because of that I don’t expect to see him sporting any jersey aside from Buffalo’s for a while.
Prediction: Buffalo signs Connolly to a multi-year contract extension.