The Stanley Cup playoffs both giveth and taketh when it comes to money in the pocket of pending free agents.
With a strong showing as Brad Marchand Lite for the Boston Bruins, despite their historic first-round flameout, trade deadline acquisition Tyler Bertuzzi acquitted himself quite well in his first career postseason performance. He climbs from No. 12 all the way to No. 2 on Daily Faceoff’s latest Top 50 free agents ranking.
Michael Bunting went in the opposite direction. With a suspension followed by a healthy scratch, the Toronto forward tumbles from the No. 1 spot down to No. 5.
And now, we’re armed with more data to help support those rankings – which are usually a blend of projected interest level in the player plus total projected dollars earned on the market.