Which team has had the best offseason to date?
By: The NHL Nosebleed Team
Peter Bolt - Buffalo Sabres
I really like what Jason Botterill and the Buffalo Sabres did this offseason. The Sabres got a fair return for Ryan O’Reilly and picked up Carter Hutton who is coming off a career year, recording 17 wins and posting a .931 Sv%. Jeff Skinner should help out offensively and they did not have to give up too much to get him. I think Conor Sheary will fit in great in Buffalo and the Sabres gave up next to nothing to get him. Most importantly, they got the one and only Rasmus Dahlin, enough said.
Colin Noonan - Carolina Hurricanes
Boy if the Hurricanes can find themselves some decent goaltending from either Mrazek or Darling, watch out. Because their skaters are really good. Michael Ferland joins an already solid group of forwards and adding Dougie Hamilton and Calvin de Haan to a D group that already included Justin Faulk it’s not an exaggeration to say the Canes boast one of the best group of blueliners in the game.
(Comment by Jack Fenty) haven’t people be saying this for the past 4 seasons...I’ll believe it when I see it.
Chris Yackel - St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues almost made it to the playoffs last year, but they lost game 82 against the Colorado Avalanche to miss out on the dance. That rare playoff miss for the Blues fueled General Manager Doug Armstrong to make some aggressive moves via trade and free agency. The Blues bolstered the center ice position as they signed veteran Tyler Bozak and traded for Ryan O’Reilly. You add those two with Brayden Schenn already there, the Blues look to have one of the best center ice depths in the Western Conference. The Blues also brought back a familiar face in David Perron who had a great 66 point campaign with the Vegas Golden Knights last season. I really like these moves for the Blues as I think it will bring them back to the playoffs, but back to being a 100 plus point team in the standings.
Jack Fenty - Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs signed one of the biggest free agents to hit the market in NHL history, I would say that is having a great offseason. Rookie general manager, Kyle Dubas, and the rest of the Leafs organization convinced John Tavares to play for his hometown team. It would be unrealistic not to look at the losses the Leafs endured this offseason to be able to fit Tavares under the salary cap. James van Reimsdyk tested the free agent market and was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers. JVR was one of the top players on this team in previous season. Another loss was Tomas Plakanek who signed with the Montreal Canadiens. While I say these are losses, the signing of Tavares overrides these losses. The top three centers for the Leafs going into the season are: Mathews, Tavares, and Kadri...Not to shabby. So, they did not make a lot of moves, but they did make THE MOVE.
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