Derek Ryan and especially James Neal will provide some help to the young forward core. Neal could be lethal on a line with one of the best play-makers in the game, Johnny Gaudreau. This is a very underrated offense.
Calvin De Haan cashed in with the Hurricanes, and while it’s a bit of a surprise signing considering their defense is already loaded, you can’t go wrong with adding additional talent, and De Haan is a solid top 4 defenseman. His $4.55 million per year contract isn’t bad at all comparatively.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Added a very solid depth piece in Riley Nash, and took a low risk gamble on Anthony Duclair who still has some potential bottled up somewhere. Nash should fit in nicely, and they were also able to re-sign Boone Jenner to a 4 year contract extension.
Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings have been busy re-signing their own player as well as adding some new ones. Notably Mike Green and Anthony Mantha both signed 2 year deals which is important for them as it would be big blows to lose them for nothing. Additionally they brought in Jonathan Bernier who just finished a great year, and journey man Thomas Vanek to add a few goals to the roster.
They only signed one free agent, but it was a big one in Ilya Kovalchuk. This one is definitely up for debate as he hasn’t played in the NHL for quite some time, and they are betting almost 20 million that he can still be a star forward. I like the signing myself because he fits in to the Kings win now timeline, and they are DESPERATE for offense.
No major signings here but just a ton of depth signings that are low risk. Their biggest deal of the offseason is signing Greg Pateryn to a three year deal. He isn’t a flashy player by any means but he’s good defensively, PK’s well, and adds some toughness.
San Jose Sharks
Inking Thomas Hertl to a four year deal was important for the Sharks, but even more so was convincing Thornton to stick around for another year without having to break the bank. He’s got enough in him to help keep the Sharks competitive and for 5 million it’s reasonable. Sometimes keeping your own players is just as valuable as going for new ones.
St Louis Blues
A lot going on here. The Blues are going to look like a different team next season. They added Tyler Bozak, David Perron, Patrick Maroon, and re-signed a bunch of their own. That’s a lot of goals being inserted into an already strong roster. Definitely a favourite going into the 2018 season.
Toronto Maple Leafs
What more needs to be said than John Tavares? The Leafs won the biggest free agent in a long time. He adds to an already potent offense, and will create match up nightmares for the opposing coaches. The Leafs are going for it all and hit a home run with Tavares. (Sorry Tyler Ennis).
Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas did a good job of re-signing some of it’s own player, however did lose a couple key ones in Neal and Perron. They are hoping that offense will be replaced by the addition of Paul Stastny. Stastny had a solid season in St Louis and Winnipeg last season and it will be interesting to see how he fits in Las Vegas now.