FA so far
Hertl and Thornton re-sign with Sharks. One last kick at the can for this group the way it looks. Still impressed by them when they are on. Scary big fast tough team.
Neal goes to Flames. This one pissed me off. That's the kind of forward we need, imo. He's Zucker, Coyle, Nino, with the IT factor they are missing. Nasty streak. I hate him but would love him on our team.
O'Reilly to the Blues for Thompson, Berglund, and Sobotka. Blues will brag this opne up, but I'm glad they did it. We need to remember they were the SHIT for most of the year. Our biggest roadblock it looked like. I'm glad they are kind of blowing it up. Anytime you move three regulars at one time, you are saying something was wrong. Good news for us.
Tavares to Leafs. This is the biggest move so far imo. Leafs took the proverbial step back last year after finally becoming relevant the year before. Most were ready to anoint them and the Oilers as the next big things. Not so much. Yet. This could gel this team into a beast. He's a player. Glad they are in the East.
Hendricks and Fehr will give us some depth up front, Patteryn will add some muscle. All decent gets. Fehr flourished with Boudreau once before, and Hendricks will love being back home. Patteryn is what we need, and is a pretty proven commodity. Lets hope these are three guys who NEED a Cup worse than the three they will replace on the roster.
Cullen goes back to the Pens. Whats that old saying .. you don't know what you've got til he's gone? I don't think people realize how close the Pens were to winning another Cup last year. Amazingly. And I specifically remember seeing spots in their biggest losses where you could see their need for Cullen. He was a much bigger piece to them than he was anywhere else. They trusted him and used him perfectly. This guy will go down as one of the top Minnesotans, ever, to play the game at the highest level. For the longest time. He's an icon we should all respect.
Brodziak heads to Edmonton. Once again, good to see the Blues breaking up their core. He wasn't huge there, but they liked him. I'm afraid we might see a Oil rebound this year, Brodziak could help them in the right role, which will hurt. Any time he helps his current team, it hurts.
Grabner and Hjalmarsson will help the Yotes. Problem is, they need lots of help. However, one team always overachieves, and something I saw in them late last year made them look like they could make a wave or two. I know they gave us fits, much more than they should have.
McDonagh reupping in Tampa means they will keep the band together, and that means they will once again be a favorite to win it all. Solid roster, and never afraid to spend money.
Ward and Kunitz to the Hawks kind of scares me. Solid vet presence, and this will probably be a we're-pissed-off-and-back-in-your-face year for them. Been waiting for Crawford to finally get old, and now they have taken care of that scenario when it happens. Kunitz is the ultimate winner, never hurts any team he is on. Bad news for us.
Bozak and Perron will make the Blues think they are capable again. They seem fragile, but they've proven when they are on their game, they can beat anyone. Would really really hate to see them become a power. Tarasenko makes them capable of taking the next step, imo. And that sucks.
Jack Johnson to the Pens is highly underrated imo. Their lack of depth was the only reason they didn't raise another Cup. He brings it all, size, talent, and attitude. Scary move to make a power more powerful imo.
Statsny to the KNights just adds fuel to a rocket engine there.
The Canucks have always been one of my least-favorite teams. Signing Roussel just cemented that tenfold. How that ying-yang hasn't been killed yet is beyond me. Him and Marchand should have a kid, he'd be the Chuck Norris of anti-christs. Hope you rot in hell there, Frenchy.
Vanek goes back to the Red Wings. Guy can still play. And he took Way too much shit during his time here. Pisses me off that he was made out to be the whipping boy here. Hope he hoists a Cup somewhere, Could see him hooking up with a team late in the year and putting them over the top. Would love to see that.
VanRiemsdyk to the Phlyers makes them better. Still shocked at how good they became by the end of the year. Seeing Hakstol have some success kills me a little, but I respect his stick-to-it-iveness. He's always had that. And lasting thru that start there last year is impressive.
Doughty and Carlson staying with their teams is huge. Keeps them both legit. Kovalchuk to the Kings coud be fun along side Kopitar (who seemed to really be embracing the superstar role finally out there).