What a first round that was. Lots of great hockey, shots, saves, hits, storylines, the past two weeks have had it all. The best part, is that we still have another three rounds to go!
On the flip side, there were eight teams eliminated by the end of the first round, so we’re going to comb through those squads and see what effect their playoff performances may have had on a future contract or two.
Certain players have made a career off of performing in the playoffs. Most recently, Bryan Bickell, Joel Ward, and Justin Williams come to mind as players that were relatively insignificant in the regular season, yet when the playoffs rolled around, they were a key part of at least one cup run. Each of the aforementioned wingers parlayed their strong playoff performance into a large contract that didn’t age well. Let’s make sure you don’t go making the same mistake.
Petr Mrazek – Philadelphia Flyers
Current Cap Hit: $4,000,000 (Expires as an RFA)
Mrazek was yet another piece of the goaltending carousel that is the Philadelphia Flyers. He was not the saviour they needed, and he was not the saviour they deserved. He didn’t even start a game come playoff time. His lone appearance saw him yield two goals on 14 shots in 30 minutes of ice time. Not exactly a performance that is going to net him a big new contract. He had a chance to throw his hat in the ring as a potential starter for Philadelphia once October rolled around, however he won’t get the contract to get much of a look for it now. He basically tossed his hat into a volcano instead.
Verdict: Will likely get a smaller short-term deal to play backup somewhere, could provide decent value in that role.
Boone Jenner – Columbus Blue Jackets
Current Cap Hit: $2,900,000 (Expires as an RFA)
Jenner has performed fairly well in playoff situations over the last few years, regardless of the league. His three points in Columbus’ six game series against the Capitals continues that script. He certainly can’t be blamed solely for the lack of success seen in the last four games of the series. Jenner pumped a minimum of three shots on net each game, average three hits per contest, and should continue his success next season with (likely) returning line mates Nick Foligno and Oliver Bjorkstrand.
Verdict: Will parlay his continued production into a continually growing contract. After a short bridge deal, Jenner will likely get a longer contract, and be paid handsomely to eat up a few UFA years. A very good multi-cat player, and a younger version of his line mate Foligno.