NHL Free Agency: Five Players Who Have Boosted Value in Playoffs

From veterans looking for the next big opportunity to younger guys looking to impress in an RFA season, here are five players that have used the Stanley Cup playoffs to improve their free agency value:

1. Nazem Kadri, C, UFA ($ 4,500,000)

After undergoing thumb surgery following Game 3 against Edmonton, we do not know if Kadri will return for the Stanley Cup final. Don’t be mistaken, though. Kadri’s play this post-season has proved a jolt to the Avs lineup and was contributing at a high rate. Prior to the injury, his 14 points were fourth-best on Colorado while appearing in only 13 games. Acquired by the Avalanche in 2019, they took on the veteran’s six-year, $ 27-million contract. Now, finishing his third season with Colorado, he’s really hit his stride, posting a career-high in assists with 59, best amongst Avalanche players and his 87 points, a career-high as well, was third-best behind Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon.

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