Since NHL free agency has slowed down to a trickle, I figured I’d give you an updated article on what’s gone down on a team-by-team basis. If you missed the mad rush I had last week, it’s still up on the TJRSports.com website. Let’s get started.
Anaheim Ducks: GM of the year Bob Murray made some great moves before the free agency period started by acquiring Ryan Kessler from the Canucks to compliment Ryan Getzlaf. The Clayton Stoner deal is a little puzzling, but Murray usually hits a lot more than he misses.
Arizona Coyotes (still have to get used to typing that): The Yotes were minor players on the scene as they picked up oft-traveled backup Devan Dubnyk and Joe Vitale. Arizona did lose scorer Radim Vrbata to the Canucks. Sam Gagner was picked up in a trade (or couple of them) to help in the scoring department. (Roberto Luongo hilariously chronicled the two deals Gagner was involved in on the same night.
Boston Bruins: The Bruins’ offseason could defined by a loss rather than a gain as Jarome Iginla went to Colorado to join the young Avalanche. GM Peter Chiarelli could be feeling the heat after letting Iginla go. The top-heavy contracts could weigh the B’s down. Boston hasn’t made a move as of yet.
Buffalo Sabres: The team may not contend right away, but Tim Murray has started the long climb back for the Sabres. The Swords got Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges from Montreal. Matt Moulson also came back to the Sabres after being a “rent-a-player” for Minnesota’s playoff run. All these moves may take Buffalo out of the running for Connor McDavid.
Calgary Flames: Calgary made a sound move in getting Mason Raymond from Toronto and also got Jonas Hiller to solve the top goalie debate. However, the Flames fritter away that goodwill by signing Deryk Engelland to a mind-boggling contract.
Carolina Hurricanes: The Canes were happy with their core and signed a lot of their players to one-year deals. Carolina is probably moving on from Cup-winner and Conn Smythe winner Cam Ward, as Drew MacIntyre was signed to a deal.
Chicago Blackhawks: The Hawks may have made one of the shrewder signings in getting the recently bought-out Brad Richards to a 1-year deal. Richards may not have been the guy the Rangers signed to the hefty contract, but he can still put up some points and is a good locker room guy.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Not many moves were made by Ohio’s NHL team, as players like Blake Comeau and Nick Schultz left. Brian Gibbons signed a two-way deal (meaning he can be freely moved between the big club and the AHL affiliate), but that’s about it.
Colorado Avalanche: The Avs may have lost Paul Statsny to St. Louis, but that move allowed them sign with Colorado. He’ll be a big help to a talented but inexperienced team. The team also got Brad Stuart from the Sharks to beef up a D that will be in the meat-grinder of a Central Division.
Dallas Stars: Jim Nill has already had himself a great offseason as he got Jason Spezza from Ottawa for a trio of prospects. It could be risky as Spezza becomes a free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season. Dallas also got Ales Hemskey, who’s got chemistry with Spezza. Dallas could easily have had the best day on July 1.
Detroit Red Wings: Ken Holland’s moves used to be unquestioned, but now some people are starting to wonder. The Wings missed out on Dan Boyle (who went to the Rangers) and got back Kyle Quincey as a consolation prize. Not a good free agency period for the Wings.
Edmonton Oilers: Craig MacTavish added some spine to a team that is lacking defensively. Mark Fayne has some potential on the blueline, but he needs more support. The day was evaluated as better than average as they got Benoit Pouliot and Nikita Nikitin as well.
Florida Panthers: I smell a running theme that GM Dale Tallon has established in overpaying for veterans and ex-Chicago players. The Panthers rolled the dice on Dave Bolland and gave some questionable deals to Jussi Jokinen and Shawn Thornton. They did get defenseman Willie Mitchell from the Kings.
Los Angeles Kings: Dean Lombardi must like his Canada Day/4th of July off because he did all his work before then as he said Marian Gaborik and Matt Greene. They also re-signed Jeff Schultz. Why fix what isn’t broken?
Minnesota Wild: Thomas Vanek finally signed with the Wild, but it could still be a question mark. He could be the great player that was in Buffalo or the non-factor like he was in Montreal. The team also made some nice small signings in Stu Bickel and Joel Recihlicz.
Montreal Canadiens: The Habs trimmed a little salary fat by letting Gorges and Gionta go to Buffalo. The team did get the underrated PA Parenteau for Danny Briere from Colorado, and also got Tom Gilbert from Buffalo. They also re-signed Mike Weaver, Andrei Markov and got Manny Malholtra for a steal. Now they need to work on the whole PK Subban thing.
Nashville Predators: The Preds swung and missed on getting Jason Spezza, but got Olli Jokinen as a small consolation prize. Nashville also James Neal from Pittsburgh, but it wasn’t the best offseason for the Preds.
New Jersey Devils: Lou Lamoriello must have a thing for Czechs over 30 as the Devils picked up Martin Havlat for one-year. They also took a risk on Mike Cammalleri at five years for $25 million. The Devils did better than expected and that scoring punch could help.
New York Islanders: Garth Snow is still seeing the Matt Moulson/Thomas Vanek trade in his nightmares as Moulson went to Buffalo. Snow is gambling that Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin will be a great duo.
New York Rangers: The Eastern Conference champs are going to be different after this offseason. The Blueshirts did get Dan Boyle at a discount of two years and $9 million. They did lose some key role players like Benoit Pouliot, Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman. New York could be hard-pressed to repeast last season’s success.
Ottawa Senators: Jason Spezza had the Sens over a barrel, but they did get Alex Chiasson, Alex Guptill and Nicholas Paul from Dallas. Ottawa also grabbed David Legwand from the Red Wings. It could be some lean times in the Canadian capital.
Philadelphia Flyers: The Orange and Black dealt Scott Hartnell to Columbus for RJ Umberger and also picked up Nick Schultz. It was an unusually quiet offseason for the Flyers as the only other major signings were Ray Emery and Kimmo Timmonen.
Pittsburgh Penguins: New GM Jim Rutherford is trying to fix the mess that was left by Ray Shero. They solidified the bottom of the roster by getting Nick Spalling, Blake Comeau and re-signing Marcel Goc. They also took a flier on Christian Ehrhoff.
San Jose Sharks: You’d think a team that self-destructed would try to reshape or even rebuild the team. However, they signed John Scott. That is all.
St. Louis Blues: The Blue Notes made a great early splash by getting Paul Statsny and Jori Lehtera in free agency. Carl Gunnarson might be a great partner for Kevin Shattenkirk. It looks the Blues are going young in net with Jake Allen and Brian Elliot.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Steve Yzerman is solidifying his reputation as a great GM as he got some great finds from the Rangers in Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman. The Ning also re-signed Ryan Callahan before the July 1 open period.
Toronto Maple Leafs: The Buds didn’t make any giant moves, and they’ll probably get ripped for it. However, it may have been for the best. The Leafs did manage to lure Finns Leo Komorov and Petri Kontola and signing Stephane Robidas to a smart contract. Maybe the culture is finally changing.
Vancouver Canucks: The Nucks basically trade one maligned goalie for another as Ryan Miller steps into Roberto Luongo’s skates. Vancouver also made a good signing of Radim Vrbata, but their hands were tied on the Kessler deal as they got Lucas Sbisa and Nick Bonino from the Ducks.
Washington Capitals: The Caps continue to make moves that make you scratch your head as they signed Mats Niskanen and Brooks Orpik to big deals from Pittsburgh. They do get to reunite with former Pens assistant Todd Reirden. The overpaying continues.
Winnipeg Jets: The Jets continue to have problems in trying to get people to come to the frozen north. They did get Mathieu Perrault, but they continue to not give younger players a chance, while overpaying for veterans.
That’s it for today. I’ll have some stuff for the summer on what I got right (and wrong), plus players to watch. Take care.
Dan Mount is an NHL columnist for TJRSports.com. He also covers the Devils, Rangers and Islanders for NYSportScene.com. He can be found on Twitter @DanMountSports.