The NHL offseason is always one of the most fast-paced offseasons, as teams know what they want and don’t hesitate to make a move. A good amount of players will be rocking new jerseys next season, as teams either load up for a Stanley Cup run or start to speed up their rebuilding process. Here are some of the best moves from a busy NHL offseason.
Buffalo Sabres: Kyle Okposo
The Sabres started off the NHL offseason with a statement when they signed Okposo to a seven-year, $42 million deal in the one of the first moves of the NHL offseason. After striking out on Steven Stamkos, Okposo is a still a very productive and more budget-friendly player, recording 69, 51, and 64 points in his last three seasons.
Calgary Flames: Troy Brouwer
After scoring eight goals for the Blue’s in their run to the Western Conference Final, Brouwer cashed out with the Flames, signing a four-year, $18 contract. Brouwer has been a model of consistency, scoring anywhere from 33-43 points in his last eight seasons with the Blackhawks and Capitals.
Carolina Hurricanes: Teuvo Teravainen
The Hurricanes were happy to take on the contract of Bryan Bickell in a package for the talented Teravainen. The Canes hope the left-winger can build off his best season his career year last season, scoring 13 goals and recording 35 points. The Canes are building a young, talented core, and the acquisition of Teravainen is a great addition to their youth movement.
Detroit Red Wings: Thomas Vanek
The veteran goalscorer signed with the Red Wings for a chance to win the Stanley Cup. Vanek does not have the pressure to carry a team thanks to the Red Wings other playmakers. Vanek brings 316 career goals to the table for a team looking to extend its playoff streak to 26 straight seasons.
Edmonton Oilers: Adam Larsson
The Oilers made headlines news by trading their former #1 overall pick to the New Jersey Devils for Adam Larsson. It was a tough but necessary move by the Oilers, who desperately needed to improve their defense and have a roster filled with young, talented forwards. The Oilers also brought in veteran left-winger Milan Lucic to not help carry the offensive load now that Hall is gone.
Florida Panthers: Keith Yandle
The Panthers signaled that they are completely all-in by signing defenseman Keith Yandle to a seven-year, $44.5 million contract. Yandle is a powerful defender who can also be relied upon on the offensive side of the ice, recording 47 points with the Rangers last season (45 assists). The addition of Yandle also comes as a blow to the Rangers, as Yandle stays in a tough Eastern Conference.
Minnesota Wild: Eric Staal
Despite a disappointing stint with the Rangers in latter part of last season, Staal was still able to grab a three-year, $10.5 million contract from the Wild. Staal will benefit off playing with a star like Zach Parise and with Bruce Boudreau now in charge of the team.
Nashville Predators: P.K. Subban
The Predators won the offseason by acquiring P.K. Subban in a swap with the Canadiens for Shea Weber. The 27 year-old defenseman is entering the prime of his career, as he is one of the best defenders in the league and also has the ability to put up 60 points in a season. Subban will also help sell boatloads of Predator tickets, as he is one of the most popular players in the league.
New Jersey Devils: Taylor Hall
The Devils sped up their rebuilding process by acquiring the talented Hall. Hall will try to make Edmonton regret their decision to trade him and look to shine by joining a line of Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri.
New York Rangers: Jimmy Vesey
The Rangers acquired an extremely young and talented Hobey Baker Award winner in a nontraditional way. The Rangers took advantage of this peculiar situation and signed him to a two-year contract. Much of the NHL coveted the potential superstar, as he decided to join the Rangers in hopes to provide the team of their first Stanley Cup victory since 1994.