It's official: NHL camps open today; Canes release schedule

Jan. 12, 2013 @ 11:55 PM

NHL hockey is finally back, and this time it’s official.

Nearly one week after a tentative labor deal was agreed to by the league and its players, the sides agreed to a required memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Saturday night that truly makes the lockout a thing of the past.

Training camps will open today (Sunday, Jan. 13), and a 48-game regular season will begin Saturday, Jan. 19. The signing of the MOU also paved the way for the NHL to release the long-awaited revised schedule.

The Carolina Hurricanes will open in Miami against the Florida Panthers on Saturday and open at home in the PNC Arena on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The complete Canes’ schedule and training camp roster are listed below.

Twenty-six of the 30 teams will play next Saturday. All games will be intraconference this season.

It took another lengthy negotiation to finally end the four-month lockout. The sides worked on the MOU all week, after a tentative deal was reached last Sunday morning — the 113th day of the lockout — and needed all day Saturday to finish it.

The announcement that the deal was signed came several hours after the union easily ratified the tentative agreement that was reached after an all-night, 16-hour bargaining session last weekend.

The more than 700 union members had a 36-hour window from Thursday night until Saturday morning to vote electronically. The NHL board of governors unanimously approved the deal on Wednesday.

The NHL hoped to open camps on Sunday, and that prospect seemed in jeopardy Saturday until the document was signed at 10 p.m. EST.

The new deal is for 10 years, but either side can opt out of it after eight. The previous agreement was in effect for seven seasons.

While this negotiation was long, the sides were able to rescue at least part of the season. The NHL also played a 48-game campaign following a lockout in the 1994-95 season.

The 2004-05 was completely canceled because of a lockout. This one forced the cancellation of 510 regular-season games, the Winter Classic and the All-Star game.

No preseason games will be played in the seven days before the regular season gets under way.

 

CANES PRACTICES TODAY, ALL WEEK, OPEN TO PUBLIC
The Hurricanes will hold their first practice today, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. at PNC Arena. A total of 27 players are on the team’s camp roster, including three goaltenders, eight defensemen and 16 forwards. All practices are open to the public.
To celebrate the return of the NHL, the Hurricanes will have raffle giveaways and entertainment for fans who attend today’s opening practice. Hurricanes radio broadcaster Chuck Kaiton will be available for a live question and answer session with fans beginning at 12:30 p.m., and Stormy and the Storm Squad will be on hand to assist with prize giveaways and more.
 In addition, all merchandise in the Hurricanes’ team store, The Eye, will be 50 percent off from today through Thursday, Jan. 24. Doors will open at 12:15 p.m., and fans are asked to enter through the East side of PNC Arena.
Practice sessions Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be at 11 a.m. at PNC Arena.
A team scrimmage — also open to the public — will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Raleigh Center Ice, 912 Hodges Street, Raleigh.

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

CAROLINA HURRICANES 2013 SCHEDULE

Day   Date      Opponent   Time
Saturday   Jan. 19   at   Florida   7:30 p.m.
Tuesday   Jan. 22      Tampa Bay   7 p.m.
Thursday   Jan. 24      Buffalo   7 p.m.
Friday   Jan. 25   at   Buffalo   7 p.m.
Monday   Jan. 28      Boston   7 p.m.
Friday   Feb. 1      Ottawa   7 p.m.
Saturday   Feb. 2   at   Philadelphia   7 p.m.
Monday   Feb. 4   at   Toronto   7 p.m.
Thursday   Feb. 7   at   Ottawa   7:30 p.m.
Saturday   Feb. 9   at   Philadelphia   1 p.m.
Monday   Feb. 11   at   NY Islanders   7 p.m.
Tuesday   Feb. 12   at   New Jersey   7 p.m.
Thursday   Feb. 14      Toronto   7 p.m.
Monday   Feb. 18   at   Montreal   7:30 p.m.
Thursday   Feb. 21      Winnipeg   7 p.m.
Saturday   Feb. 23      Tampa Bay   7 p.m.
Sunday   Feb. 24   at   NY Islanders   7 p.m.
Tuesday   Feb. 26   at   Washington   7 p.m.
Thursday   Feb. 28      Pittsburgh   7 p.m.
Saturday   March 2      Florida   7 p.m.
Sunday   March 3   at   Florida   6 p.m.
Tuesday   March 5      Buffalo   7 p.m.
Thursday   March 7      Montreal   7 p.m.
Saturday   March 9      New Jersey   7 p.m.
Tuesday    March 12   at   Washington   7 p.m.
Thursday    March 14      Washington   7 p.m.
Saturday   March 16   at   Tampa Bay   7 p.m.
Monday   March 18   at   NY Rangers   7 p.m.
Tuesday   March 19      Florida   7 p.m.
Thursday   March 21      New Jersey   7 p.m.
Tuesday   March 26      Winnipeg   7 p.m.
Thursday    March 28   at   Toronto   7 p.m.
Saturday    March 30   at   Winnipeg   3 p.m.
Monday   April 1   at   Montreal   7:30 p.m.
Tuesday   April 2      Washington   7 p.m.
Thursday   April 4      Tampa Bay   7 p.m.
Saturday   April 6       NY Rangers   7 p.m.
Monday   April 8   at   Boston   7 p.m.
Tuesday   April 9      Pittsburgh   7 p.m.
Thursday   April 11   at   Washington   7 p.m.
Saturday   April 13      Boston   7 p.m.
Tuesday   April 16   at   Ottawa   7:30 p.m.
Thursday   April 18   at   Winnipeg   8 p.m.
Saturday   April 20      Philadelphia   7 p.m.
Sunday   April 21   at   Tampa Bay   6 p.m.
Tuesday   April 23      NY Islanders   7 p.m.
Thursday   April 25      NY Rangers   7 p.m.
Saturday    April 27   at   Pittsburgh   7 p.m.

 

CAROLINA HURRICANES TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

SKATERS

#   Player   Pos.   Ht.   Wt.   Shoots   Birthplace   Birthdate   Acquired   11-12 Team   Lge.   GP   G-A-P   PIM
4   McBAIN, Jamie   D   6-2   200   Right   Edina, MN   2/25/88   Draft -06 (1-63-2)   Carolina   NHL   76   8-19-27   4
6   GLEASON, Tim   D   6-0   217   Left   Clawson, MI   1/29/83   Trade w/LA (9/06)   Carolina   NHL   82   1-17-18   71
7   MURPHY, Ryan   D   5-11   176   Right   Aurora, Ont.   3/31/93   Draft -11 (1-12-1)   Kitchener   OHL   49   11-43-54   30
11   STAAL, Jordan   C   6-4   220   Left   Thunder Bay, Ont.   9/10/88   Trade w/ PIT (6/12)   Pittsburgh   NHL   62   25-25-50   34
12   STAAL, Eric   C   6-4   205   Left   Thunder Bay, Ont.   10/29/84   Draft -03 (1-2-1)   Carolina   NHL   82   24-46-70   48
13   STEWART, Anthony   RW   6-3   230   Right   La Salle, Que.   1/5/85   Free Agent (7/11)   Carolina   NHL   77   9-11-20   30
14   NODL, Andreas   RW   6-1   196   Left   Vienna, Austria   2/28/87   Waivers (11/11)   Carolina   NHL   48   3-4-7   6
                           Philadelphia   NHL   12   0-1-1   2
*15   RUUTU, Tuomo   C/W   6-0   205   Left   Vantaa, Finland   2/16/83   Trade w/ CHI (2/08)   Carolina   NHL   72   18-16-34   50
18   BOYCHUK, Zach   C/W   5-10   185   Left   Airdrie, Alb.   10/4/89   Draft -08 (1-14-1)   Carolina   NHL   16   0-2-2   0
                           Charlotte   AHL   64   21-23-44   46
19   TLUSTY, Jiri   C/LW   6-0   209   Left   Slany, Czech Republic   3/16/88   Trade w/ TOR (12/09)   Carolina   NHL   79   17-19-36   26
21   BOWMAN, Drayson   LW   6-1   190   Left   Grand Rapids, MI   3/8/89   Draft -07 (2-72-3)   Carolina   NHL   37   6-7-13   4
                           Charlotte   AHL   42   13-13-26   45
23   WELSH, Jeremy   F   6-3   210   Left   Bayfield, Ont.   4/30/88   Free Agent (4/12)   Carolina   NHL   1   0-0-0   4
                           Union   ECAC   40   27-17-44   47
24   SANGUINETTI, Bobby   D   6-3   190   Right   Trenton, NJ   2/29/88   Trade w/ NYR (6/10)   Carolina   NHL   3   0-0-0   0
                           Charlotte   AHL   60   10-40-50   20
25   PITKANEN, Joni   D   6-3   210   Left   Oulu, Finland   9/19/83   Trade w/ EDM (7/08)   Carolina   NHL   30   5-12-17   16
27   FAULK, Justin   D   6-0   205   Right   South St. Paul, MN   3/20/92   Draft -10 (2-37-2)   Carolina   NHL   66   8-14-22   29
                           Charlotte   AHL   12   2-4-6   11
28   SEMIN, Alexander   LW   6-2   209   Left   Krasnojarsk, Russia   3/3/84   Free Agent (7/12)   Washington   NHL   77   21-33-54   56
29   WALLACE, Tim   RW   6-1   207   Right   Anchorage, AK   8/6/84   Free Agent (7/12)   Tampa Bay   NHL   18   3-5-8   10
                           NY Islanders   NHL   31   0-1-1   6
                           Bridgeport   AHL   24   9-11-20   13
36   JOKINEN, Jussi   F   5-11   198   Left   Kalajoki, Finland   4/1/83   Trade w/ TB (2/09)   Carolina   NHL   79   12-34-46   54
37   BRENT, Tim   C   6-0   188   Right   Cambridge, Ont.   3/10/84   Free Agent (7/11)   Carolina   NHL   79   12-12-24   27
39   DWYER, Patrick   W   5-11   175   Right   Spokane, WA   6/22/83   Free Agent (7/06)   Carolina   NHL   73   5-7-12   23
44   HARRISON, Jay   D    6-4   211   Left   Oshawa, Ont.   11/3/82   Free Agent (7/09)   Carolina   NHL   72   9-14-23   60
53   SKINNER, Jeff   C/RW   5-11   193   Left   Markham, Ont.   5/16/92   Draft -10 (1-7-1)   Carolina   NHL   64   20-24-44   56
59   LaROSE, Chad   F   5-10   181   Right   Fraser, MI   3/27/82   Free Agent (8/03)   Carolina   NHL   67   19-13-32   48
77   CORVO, Joe   D   6-0   204   Right   Oak Park, IL   6/20/77   Free Agent (7/12)   Boston   NHL   75   4-21-25   13

GOALTENDERS

#   Player   Pos.   Ht.   Wt.   Catch   Birthplace   Birthdate   Acquired   11-12 Team   Lge.   GP   W-L-OT   GAA   S%
30   WARD, Cam   G   6-1   185   Left   Saskatoon, Sask.   2/29/84   Draft -02 (1-25-1)   Carolina   NHL   68   30-23-13   2.74   .915
31   ELLIS, Dan   G   6-0    193   Left   Saskatoon, Sask.   6/19/80      Anaheim   NHL   10   1-5-0   2.72   .908
33   BOUCHER, Brian   G   6-2   200   Left   Woonsocket, RI   1/2/77   Free Agent (7/11)   Carolina   NHL   10   1-6-1   3.41   .881

* Injured

 

TEAM-BY-TEAM LOOK AT THE 2013 NHL

 NEW YORK  -- There will be dozens of ‘new faces in new places’ when NHL clubs open their respective training camps and fuel their rosters for the race to the 2012-13 playoffs. With the start of the regular season set for next Saturday, here is a club-by-club summary of storylines and off-season changes to playing rosters, coaching staffs and management teams:

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Teemu Selanne, Anaheim’s leading scorer from 2011-12 (26-40--66), returns for his 20th and possibly final NHL season. The 42-year-old Helsinki native has registered 1,406 career points and passed childhood idol Jari Kurri as the highest-scoring Finn in NHL history last season. He also appeared in all 82 regular-season games, becoming the oldest player in League history to do so (41 years, 279 days at end of season). “Age is a funny thing. A lot of times, I don’t really feel 42 right now. It all depends how good you feel, how healthy you are and how much passion you have for the game,”
Selanne said upon announcing his return. “That is why I still enjoy the game. It’s fun to go to the rink every morning. It sounds pretty old when you say 42 as a hockey player. Mentally, I am still the same level as [Ryan] Getzlaf and those other guys. That is most important and that is why I am still in the game.”

* Jonas Hiller is likely to be the workhorse in goal. He played 73 games last season, including a club record 32 consecutive starts, going 29-30-12.
* Can the Ducks start strong out of the gate? Or will they have to play catch-up, as they have done the past two seasons?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

July 1: Signed D Sheldon Souray (Dallas), D Bryan Allen (Carolina), D Jordan Hendry (HC Lugano, Switzerland) and RW Brad Staubitz (Montreal).
July 20: Signed C Daniel Winnik (San Jose).
Jan. 11: Named Scott Niedermayer assistant coach.

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

D Lubomir Visnovsky (traded to NY Islanders); LW Jean-Francois Jacques (unrestricted free agent, signed by Florida); RW George Parros (unrestricted free agent, signed by Florida); D Sheldon Brookbank (unrestricted free agent, signed by Chicago); LW Jason Blake (unrestricted free agent); G Dan Ellis (unrestricted free agent); LW Niklas Hagman (unrestricted free agent)

BOSTON BRUINS

Goaltender Tuukka Rask takes over the reins in Boston’s crease following the announced sabbatical of Tim Thomas. In 102 career appearances, Rask has a 2.20 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and 11 shutouts (Thomas’
career numbers: 2.48 GAA, .921 SV%, 31 SO). “I’ve proven to myself that I can play in this League at a good level, so there’s no pressure in that way,” Rask said. “But this is really more of a challenge to have a good year.” The 25-year-old is coming off an injury-shortened season in which he played 23 games and posted an 11-8-3 record. He signed a one-year contract with the Bruins in June.

* Nathan Horton, healthy again, returns to Boston’s lineup.
* The Bruins look to bounce back from a first-round playoff loss and inconsistent second half of last season.

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

May 26: Acquired LW Chris Bourque from Washington for C Zach Hamill.
July 9: Signed C Christian Hanson (Washington).
July 11: Signed D Garnet Exelby (Detroit).
July 18: Signed D Aaron Johnson (Columbus).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

LW Benoit Pouliot (traded to Tampa Bay); D Joe Corvo (unrestricted free agent, signed by Carolina); D Greg Zanon (unrestricted free agent, signed by Colorado); D Mike Mottau (unrestricted free agent); C Brian Rolston (unrestricted free agent); G Marty Turco (unrestricted free agent)

BUFFALO SABRES

Buffalo traded lifetime Sabre Derek Roy (161-266--427 in 549 GP) for Steve Ott (85-135--220 in 566 GP) during the offseason, hoping the 30-year-old left wing would bring a new edge and physicality to the team. “I think more than anything else we needed to move the balance of skill versus the physical nature of our game, and become a tougher team to play against,”
said GM Darcy Regier. “Steve can play and complement the higher skilled guys and contribute in a lot of different ways. I think that he will be very valuable for us.” The Sabres also signed forward John Scott, who has racked up 236 penalty minutes in 146 career NHL games.

* The spotlight once again shines on G Ryan Miller.
* The Sabres, who stamped a strong finish on the 2011-12 season, look to carry forward that momentum.

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

July 1: Signed LW John Scott (NY Rangers).
July 2: Acquired C Steve Ott and D Adam Pardy from Dallas for C Derek Roy.
July 6: Signed C Kevin Porter (Colorado) and RW Mark Mancari (Vancouver).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

C Derek Roy (traded to Dallas); RW Brad Boyes (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Islanders); D Shaone Morrisonn (unrestricted free agent)

CALGARY FLAMES

Coming off a championship season with the ZSC Lions of Switzerland’s National League A, new head coach Bob Hartley brings a wealth of experience to a Calgary team that has missed the playoffs the last three years. He coached the Colorado Avalanche for five years, winning the Stanley Cup in 2001, and also served as the Atlanta Thrashers’ bench boss for parts of five seasons. In total, Hartley has compiled a 329-226-95 regular-season coaching record as well as a 49-35 mark in the playoffs.

* The acquisitions Jiri Hudler and Dennis Wideman add some offensive punch.
* Flames icon Jarome Iginla may get some scoring support from a full season with Mike Cammalleri and promising prospect Sven Baertschi.

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

May 2: Signed C Roman Cervenka.
May 31: Named Bob Hartley head coach.
June 5: Named Jacques Cloutier associate coach.
June 14: Named Martin Gelinas assistant coach.
June 27: Acquired D Dennis Wideman from Washington for D Jordan Henry and a 5th-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.
July 2: Signed C Jiri Hudler (Detroit).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

C Olli Jokinen (unrestricted free agent, signed by Winnipeg); RW David Moss (unrestricted free agent, signed by Phoenix); D Scott Hannan (unrestricted free agent, signed by Nashville); RW Guillaume Desbiens (unrestricted free agent, signed by Vancouver); RW Tom Kostopoulos (unrestricted free agent)

CAROLINA HURRICANES

The Hurricanes made some big splashes during the offseason, acquiring forwards Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin via trade and free agency, respectively. Jordan unites with older brother Eric, Carolina’s captain and all-time leading scorer (250-324--574), while Semin joins the Hurricanes after playing his entire seven-year NHL career with the rival Washington Capitals. “I will say we’re a much stronger team going into the season than we have been in a long time,” said GM Jim Rutherford. “The thing we have a chance of doing that has been a struggle for us in the past is scoring more goals. If you play as many tight games as the Hurricanes have in the past and lose as many shootouts, we have a better chance of winning those games than we have in the past.”

*·Now in a new city, Alexander Semin hopes to return to his 40-goal form.
* Carolina looks to its young players to help put the team back in the playoffs.

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

June 22: Acquired C Jordan Staal from Pittsburgh for C Brandon Sutter, D Brian Dumoulin and a 1st-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.
July 1: Signed D Joe Corvo (Boston).
July 11: Signed D Marc-Andre Gragnani (Vancouver).
July 19: Signed RW Tim Wallace (Tampa Bay).
July 26: Signed LW Alexander Semin (Washington).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

C Brandon Sutter (traded to Pittsburgh); D Bryan Allen (unrestricted free agent, signed by Anaheim); D Derek Joslin (unrestricted free agent, signed by Vancouver); D Jaroslav Spacek (retired)

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

After getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs each of the past two seasons, the Blackhawks look to return to their Stanley Cup-winning form of 2010. “We know expectations to win are high and getting back to being a champion is the ultimate goal,” said head coach Joel Quenneville.
“We’re all looking forward to winning and we all know the ramifications if we don’t. We welcome that challenge and let’s go.”

*·Corey Crawford gets to prove he’s the answer in net.
* Chicago, which led the NHL midway through last season but faded down the stretch, looks to put it together for the 48-game stretch drive.

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

July 1: Signed D Sheldon Brookbank (Anaheim).
July 17: Named Jamie Kompon assistant coach.
Sept. 11: Signed D Michal Rozsival (Phoenix).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

LW Andrew Brunette (unrestricted free agent); D Sami Lepisto (unrestricted free agent); C Brendan Morrison (unrestricted free agent); D Sean O’Donnell (unrestricted free agent)

COLORADO AVALANCHE

Reigning Calder Trophy winner Gabriel Landeskog will try to lead the Avalanche back to the playoffs for the first time in three years with the help of some new faces – forwards PA Parenteau and John Mitchell as well as defenseman Greg Zanon. Parenteau, coming off a career year (18-49--67) on Long Island, will likely serve as a wing on Colorado’s top line, while Mitchell and Zanon will help shore up the Avalanche’s defense, which ranked 15th in the League last season. Add in a healthy Matt Duchene (missed 24 games last season) and Colorado has high hopes for 2012-13.

*·Sophomore Gabriel Landeskog hopes to build on his Calder-winning rookie season. The youngest captain in NHL history becomes the emblem of the franchise rebuild.
*·PA Parenteau brings his talents to a new city.

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

June 14: Named David Quinn assistant coach.
July 1: Signed RW P.A. Parenteau (NY Islanders), C John Mitchell (NY
Rangers) and D Greg Zanon (Boston).
July 13: Signed RW Bill Thomas (Florida).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

C Peter Mueller (unrestricted free agent, signed by Florida); C Jay McClement (unrestricted free agent, signed by Toronto); C Kevin Porter (unrestricted free agent, signed by Buffalo); C Joakim Lindstrom (unrestricted free agent)

Restricted Free Agent

C Ryan O’Reilly

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

The departure of centerpiece Rick Nash and acquisition of several new faces – Artem Anisimov, Adrian Aucoin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Brandon Dubinsky and Nick Foligno – make the 2012-13 Blue Jackets a drastically different team than their 2011-12 predecessors. The team will be without the services of defenseman Ryan Murray, the No. 2 overall pick at the 2012 NHL Draft, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in November with the WHL Everett Silvertips.

*·With his interim tag removed, head coach Todd Richards hopes to help the Blue Jackets emerge as a playoff contender.
*·Sergei Bobrovsky gets a chance to emerge as a No. 1 netminder.

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

May 14: Named Todd Richards head coach.
June 20: Named Craig Hartsburg associate coach and Keith Acton assistant coach.
June 22: Acquired G Sergei Bobrovsky from Philadelphia for a 2nd- and 4th-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft and a 4th-round pick in 2013.
July 1: Signed D Adrian Aucoin (Phoenix).
July 1: Acquired LW Nick Foligno from Ottawa for D Marc Methot.
July 23: Acquired C Artem Anisimov, C Brandon Dubinsky, D Tim Erixon and a 1st-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft from NY Rangers for LW Rick Nash, D Steven Delisle and a conditional pick in 2013.

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

LW Rick Nash (traded to NY Rangers); D Aaron Johnson (unrestricted free agent, signed by Boston); D Marc Methot (traded to Ottawa); LW Dane Byers (unrestricted free agent, signed by Edmonton); C Darryl Boyce (unrestricted free agent); LW Alexandre Giroux (unrestricted free agent); D Brett Lebda (unrestricted free agent); D Radek Martinek (unrestricted free agent); G Curtis Sanford (unrestricted free agent)

DALLAS STARS

After narrowly missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year, GM Joe Nieuwendyk spent the majority of the offseason revamping his team’s offense. The Hall of Famer signed veterans Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney, traded for Derek Roy and brought some youth to the organization with the acquisition of Cody Eakin. “In a span of three days, we’ve been able to remake our team a bit and we like it. It fits very well with our long-term direction,” said Stars owner Tom Gaglardi. “We had to give up a couple of assets to get there, but we like who we’ve brought in and the deals we made. We feel fortunate we got done what we wanted to get done in pretty short order. We’re a better hockey team today.”

* Goaltender Kari Lehtonen hopes to build on an impressive 2011-12 season.
* After narrowly missing the postseason, Stars look to shine in the ultra-tight Pacific Division.

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

June 18: Named Curt Fraser assistant coach.
June 22: Acquired C Cody Eakin and a 2nd-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft from Washington for C Mike Ribeiro.
July 1: Signed LW Ray Whitney (Phoenix) and D Aaron Rome (Vancouver).
July 2: Acquired C Derek Roy from Buffalo for C Steve Ott and D Adam Pardy.
July 3: Signed RW Jaromir Jagr (Philadelphia).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

C Mike Ribeiro (traded to Washington); D Sheldon Souray (unrestricted free agent, signed by Anaheim); C Steve Ott (traded to Buffalo); D Adam Pardy (traded to Buffalo); C Jake Dowell (unrestricted free agent, signed by Minnesota); RW Adam Burish (unrestricted free agent, signed by San Jose); RW Radek Dvorak (unrestricted free agent)

Restricted Free Agent

LW Jamie Benn

DETROIT RED WINGS

The retirement of captain Nicklas Lidstrom leaves the Red Wings with a huge gap to fill – both on the blue line and in the locker room. Defenseman Kyle Quincey, who was acquired prior to last season’s trade deadline, is among those ready for the challenge of replacing a franchise legend. “I’m so excited to finally get a real training camp with Detroit and starting fresh, learning their systems inside and out,” Quincey said. “Great organization. So much history, and I’m going back to the place I was drafted in, so it’s kind of a second chance. And with Nicklas Lidstrom retiring and losing Brad Stuart (traded to San Jose), there’s a chance to step up. I’m looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity, and just can’t wait to get back to work.”

* Jimmy Howard tries to stay healthy for a full season and Jonas Gustavsson hopes to provide support.
*·After a relatively quiet off-season, Red Wings will find out if they can keep up in the West playoff race.

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

July 1: Signed RW Mikael Samuelsson (Florida), RW Jordin Tootoo (Nashville) and G Jonas Gustavsson (Toronto).
July 5: Named Tom Renney associate coach.
Sept. 14: Signed D Carlo Colaiacovo (St. Louis).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

D Nicklas Lidstrom (retired); LW Tomas Holmstrom (retired); C Jiri Hudler (unrestricted free agent, signed by Calgary); D Brad Stuart (traded to San Jose); RW Chris Conner (unrestricted free agent, signed by Phoenix); LW Fabian Brunnstrom (unrestricted free agent); G Ty Conklin (unrestricted free agent); D Doug Janik (unrestricted free agent)

EDMONTON OILERS

The Oilers are only the second team in League history to have the No. 1 overall pick in three consecutive NHL Drafts (Quebec, 1989-91). The trio of No. 1 selections – Taylor Hall (2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011) and Nail Yakupov (2012) – brings a lot of enthusiasm to an Edmonton squad that hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2006. “We have skill in our room that’s so exciting and I need to find ways that their instincts can play freely,”
said new head coach Ralph Krueger at his introductory press conference. “We want to be known as a hardworking team on and off the ice, a very disciplined team. And then, naturally, the winning will come as a byproduct of that.”

*·How will newly promoted Ralph Krueger fare in his first season behind the bench?
*·Highly recruited Justin Schultz, a star defenseman at the University of Wisconsin in 2011-12, forged a brilliant start to his pro career with the AHL Oklahoma City Barons. At the time of his call-up to Edmonton, Schultz ranked second in AHL scoring with 18-30--48 in 34 games.

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

June 27: Named Ralph Krueger head coach.
June 30: Signed D Justin Schultz (Anaheim unsigned draft pick/University of
Wisconsin)
July 5: Signed LW Dane Byers (Columbus)
July 23: Signed 2012 1st overall draft pick RW Nail Yakupov.

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

D Cam Barker (unrestricted free agent); C Josh Green (unrestricted free
agent)


FLORIDA PANTHERS

Coming off their first division title in franchise history and first postseason appearance in 12 years, the Panthers will try to build on the success of 2011-12. GM Dale Tallon re-signed Kris Versteeg, the team’s third-highest point producer last season (23-31--54), to a four-year deal during the offseason and brought in veterans Filip Kuba, Peter Mueller and George Parros. He also expressed enthusiasm for Florida’s stable of fresh faces, including Calder Trophy hopeful Jonathan Huberdeau. “I’m really pumped about our future,” Tallon said. “We had a great year last year, but our future even looks better. And that’s what I’m excited about.”

*·With a fresh contract, will Kris Versteeg continue to emerge as a star NHL player?
*·After splitting net duties last season, will Jose Theodore or Scott Clemmensen step up to claim the no. 1 job?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

July 1: Signed D Filip Kuba (Ottawa) and RW George Parros (Anaheim).
July 5: Signed LW Jean-Francois Jacques (Anaheim).
July 9: Signed C Andre Deveaux (NY Rangers).
July 12: Signed C Peter Mueller (Colorado).
July 20: Acquired C Casey Wellman from NY Rangers for a 5th-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

D Jason Garrison (unrestricted free agent, signed by Vancouver); RW Krys Barch (unrestricted free agent, signed by New Jersey); RW Mikael Samuelsson (unrestricted free agent, signed by Detroit); C Bracken Kearns (unrestricted free agent, signed by San Jose); LW Wojtek Wolski (unrestricted free agent, signed by Washington); RW Bill Thomas (unrestricted free agent, signed by Colorado); C Mark Cullen (unrestricted free agent); C John Madden (unrestricted free agent); LW Marco Sturm (unrestricted free agent)

Restricted Free Agent

D Dmitry Kulikov

LOS ANGELES KINGS

The Kings went on a tear in the postseason to capture the first Stanley Cup in their 45-year history and become the lowest-seeded team to win hockey’s ultimate prize. With essentially the same roster, Los Angeles will attempt to become the first team since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings to repeat as Cup champs. To do so, they must improve their offensive production during the regular season; the Kings ranked 29th in the League last year with an average of 2.29 goals per game, a stat masked by the stellar play of Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick (1.95 GAA, .929 SV%, 10 SO).

* Coming off their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, will the Kings suffer a Stanley Cup hangover?
* Hired by the Kings on Dec. 20, 2011, head coach Darryl Sutter posted a
25-13-11 record in the regular-season and a 16-4 playoff mark.

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

July 27: Named Davis Payne assistant coach.

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

RW Trent Hunter (unrestricted free agent); LW Ethan Moreau (unrestricted free agent); RW Scott Parse (unrestricted free agent)

MINNESOTA WILD

The tandem July 4 signings of prized free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter did a lot more than just bolster the team’s on-ice skill – it brought Minnesota more than 1,000 new season ticket holders in less than 24 hours and over 4,000 yearlong commitments just a month later. Inked to identical 13-year, $98 million contracts, Parise and Suter bring a wave enthusiasm to a Wild franchise that has made it out of the first round of the playoffs only once in its 12-year history. “We are extremely excited to add the collective skill, experience and character of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to an already promising roster,” said GM Chuck Fletcher on the day of the signings. “We view this as a rare opportunity for us to transform our franchise by adding two marquee players, who are both in the prime of their careers.” The pair brings a combined 232 goals, 416 assists, 648 points and
1,044 games of NHL experience to the state of hockey.

*·Will the team’s stable of prospects contribute on the NHL level?
* After a great start to 2011-12, can the Wild put it together for a full season?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

July 1: Signed C Torrey Mitchell (San Jose) and C Zenon Konopka (Ottawa) July 3: Signed C Jake Dowell (Dallas).
July 4: Signed LW Zach Parise (New Jersey) and D Ryan Suter (Nashville).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

LW Guillaume Latendresse (unrestricted free agent, signed by Ottawa); D Mike Lundin (unrestricted free agent, signed by Ottawa); RW Nick Johnson (unrestricted free agent, signed by Phoenix); C Warren Peters (unrestricted free agent, signed by Pittsburgh); C Erik Christensen (unrestricted free agent); D Kurtis Foster (unrestricted free agent); RW Jed Ortmeyer (unrestricted free agent)

MONTREAL CANADIENS

After being named the 17th general manager in franchise history, Marc Bergevin quickly overhauled Montreal’s front office – naming Rick Dudley assistant general manager, Scott Mellanby director of player personnel and Martin Lapointe director of player development, among others – while hiring Michel Therrien for his second stint behind the Canadiens’ bench. Bergevin also shored up the team’s on-ice composition with the acquisitions of Colby Armstrong, Francis Bouillon and Brandon Prust as well as the long-term signing of Max Pacioretty, who led Montreal in points last season (33-32--65).

*·Will the return of Michel Therrien behind the bench lead to on-ice success?
*·Can Alex Galchenyuk, the team’s No. 1 draft pick, transition to the NHL as an 18 year old?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

May 2: Named Marc Bergevin general manager.
June 5: Named Michel Therrien head coach.
June 15: Named Gerard Gallant and Clement Jodoin assistant coaches.
June 29: Named Jean-Jacques Daigneault assistant coach.
July 1: Signed LW Brandon Prust (NY Rangers).
July 2: Signed RW Colby Armstrong (Toronto) and D Francis Bouillon (Nashville).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

RW Brad Staubitz (unrestricted free agent, signed by Anaheim); D Chris Campoli (unrestricted free agent); LW Mathieu Darche (unrestricted free agent); D Andreas Engqvist (restricted free agent, playing in KHL).

Restricted Free Agent

D PK Subban

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

In a transaction the club dubbed the most important in franchise history, the Predators matched the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet between the Philadelphia Flyers and defenseman Shea Weber, insuring Nashville’s captain will remain in the Music City for the next 14 years. The Predators believe Roman Josi is the first candidate to skate alongside Weber after longtime blue line partner Ryan Suter signed with Minnesota. Josi, Nashville’s second-round pick in 2008, had 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 52 games for the Predators in 2011-12, his first season in the NHL.

*·Can Pekka Rinne continue his emergence as one of the NHL’s premier goaltenders?
* David Poile has been a finalist for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award in each of the first three years of its existence.

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

June 15: Acquired G Sebastien Caron, two 2nd-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft (37th and 50th overall) and a 3rd-round pick in 2013 from Tampa Bay for G Anders Lindback, C Kyle Wilson and a 7th-round pick in 2012 (202nd overall).
July 1: Signed G Chris Mason (Winnipeg).
Aug. 17: Signed D Scott Hannan (Calgary).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

D Ryan Suter (unrestricted free agent, signed by Minnesota); D Francis Bouillon (unrestricted free agent, signed by Montreal); G Anders Lindback (traded to Tampa Bay); C Kyle Wilson (traded to Tampa Bay); RW Jordin Tootoo (unrestricted free agent, signed by Detroit); D Jack Hillen (unrestricted free agent, signed by Washington); RW Alexander Radulov (restricted free agent, playing in KHL); LW Andrei Kostitsyn (unrestricted free agent)

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

In his first season behind the Devils’ bench, head coach Peter DeBoer guided the club to the Stanley Cup Final. Despite losing captain Zach Parise, who signed with Minnesota, DeBoer is bullish about his team’s chances in 2012-13. “I think the fact we’re not only returning all our defensemen, but returning the number of players we are in general is great,” DeBoer said. “These players know the expectations here and how we want to play.” Also returning is 40-year-old goaltender Martin Brodeur, who last season reached the 30-win mark for an NHL-record 14th time and David Clarkson, who will look to build on his career-high 30 goals from 2011-12.
Calder Trophy finalist Adam Henrique, who tallied three game-winning goals and a +12 rating during the Devils’ long playoff run last spring, will miss the start of the season with a hand injury.

*·Who will emerge as the team’s leader with Zach Parise out of the fold?
*·Can Martin Brodeur remain one of the League’s elite netminders?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

July 10: Signed RW Krys Barch (Florida).
July 17: Named Scott Stevens and Matt Shaw assistant coaches.
Aug. 9: Signed RW Bobby Butler (Ottawa).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

LW Zach Parise (unrestricted free agent, signed by Minnesota); LW Alexei Ponikarovsky (unrestricted free agent, signed by Winnipeg); D Matt Taormina (unrestricted free agent, signed by Tampa Bay); LW Eric Boulton (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Islanders); C Brad Mills (unrestricted free agent); RW Petr Sykora (unrestricted free agent)

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

After three NHL seasons, 22-year-old Islanders center John Tavares already is the face of the franchise and an All-Star. Just six NHL players had more points last season than Tavares, who netted 81 (31 goals, 50 assists) in 82 games. Tavares posted the highest point total by an Islander in 14 years and became the fourth player in franchise history to score at least 73 points at age 21 or younger, joining Islander legends Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier and Denis Potvin.

*·Does the Islanders’ young core finally have enough experience to get over the playoff hump?
*·Who will step up to replace PA Parenteau on the top line?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

June 22: Acquired D Lubomir Visnovsky from Anaheim for a 2nd-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.
June 27: Named Brent Thompson assistant coach.
July 1: Signed D Matt Carkner (Ottawa) and RW Brad Boyes (Buffalo).
July 2: Signed LW Eric Boulton (New Jersey) and RW Colin McDonald (Pittsburgh).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

RW P.A. Parenteau (unrestricted free agent, signed by Colorado); G Al Montoya (unrestricted free agent, signed by Winnipeg); C Micheal Haley (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Rangers); D Mark Eaton (unrestricted free agent); LW Trevor Gillies (unrestricted free agent); D Milan Jurcina (unrestricted free agent); LW Jay Pandolfo (unrestricted free agent); D Steve Staios (unrestricted free agent)

NEW YORK RANGERS

The Rangers made one of the biggest moves of the summer in acquiring wing Rick Nash from the Blue Jackets in a trade that sent forwards Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky, defenseman Tim Erixon and New York’s first-round pick in 2013 to Columbus. Nash, 28, is a two-time 40-goal scorer, including his 41-goal campaign in 2004 that earned him the Maurice Richard Trophy as the League’s goal-scoring leader. The first overall pick at the 2002 NHL Draft also is a five-time All-Star and two-time Olympian representing Canada. With 289 career goals and 547 career points, Nash leaves Columbus as the franchise’s all-time scoring leader.

*·Can Henrik Lundqvist, the reigning Vezina winner, continue to shoulder the load?
*·After their best regular season in 20 years, will the Rangers have more playoff success?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

July 1: Signed RW Arron Asham (Pittsburgh) and C Micheal Haley (NY Islanders).
July 3: Signed LW Taylor Pyatt (Phoenix).
July 10: Signed C Jeff Halpern (Washington).
July 11: Signed D Sean Collins (Washington).
July 23: Acquired LW Rick Nash, D Steven Delisle and a conditional pick in
2013 from Columbus for C Artem Anisimov, C Brandon Dubinsky, D Tim Erixon and a 1st-round pick in 2013.

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

LW John Scott (unrestricted free agent, signed by Buffalo); LW Brandon Prust (unrestricted free agent, signed by Montreal); C Artem Anisimov (traded to Columbus); C Brandon Dubinsky (traded to Columbus); C John Mitchell (unrestricted free agent, signed by Colorado); LW Ruslan Fedotenko (unrestricted free agent, signed by Philadelphia); D Jeff Woywitka (unrestricted free agent, signed by St. Louis); C Andre Deveaux (unrestricted free agent, signed by Florida); LW Mats Zuccarello (restricted free agent, playing in KHL); LW Sean Avery (unrestricted free agent).

Restricted Free Agent

D Michael Del Zotto

OTTAWA SENATORS

The Senators and their fans are celebrating the return of 40-year-old captain Daniel Alfredsson for his 17th NHL season. Alfredsson is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (1,131), goals (416), assists
(666) and points (1,082). He also is the NHL’s longest-serving active captain, having worn the ‘C’ since 1999-2000. Alfredsson scored 27 goals last season, his best total since notching 40 in 2007-08, as the upstart Senators made the Stanley Cup Playoffs and pushed the top-seeded New York Rangers to seven games in the Conference Quarterfinals.

*·Now the owner of a Norris Trophy, can Erik Karlsson continue his play as one of the game’s best blueliners?
*·Can highly touted prospect Jakob Silfverberg, who made his debut in last year’s playoffs, become an NHL regular?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

July 1: Signed LW Guillaume Latendresse (Minnesota) and D Mike Lundin (Minnesota).
July 1: Acquired D Marc Methot from Columbus for LW Nick Foligno.

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

D Filip Kuba (unrestricted free agent, signed by Florida); RW Bobby Butler (contract bought out, signed by New Jersey); LW Nick Foligno (traded to Columbus); C Zenon Konopka (unrestricted free agent, signed by Minnesota); LW Rob Klinkhammer (unrestricted free agent, signed by Phoenix); D Matt Carkner (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Islanders); G Alex Auld (unrestricted free agent); D Matt Gilroy (unrestricted free agent); C Jesse Winchester (unrestricted free agent)

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Flyers forward Claude Giroux ascended to superstar status in the NHL last season. The 25-year-old took ownership of the Flyers’ first line and finished second in the League in assists (65) and third in points (93). It was the most points scored by a Flyer since Eric Lindros had 93 in 1998-99, and the assists were the most by a Flyer since Mark Recchi had 67 in 1993-94. Giroux added 17 points in 10 playoff games, including a League-leading 14 points in the Flyers’ six-game series win over rival Pittsburgh in the opening round. Reflecting his League-wide popularity, Giroux was voted the EA SPORTS NHL®13 cover athlete after fans cast nearly
26 million votes on NHL.com from March 29 to June 4.

*·Will the addition of Luke Schenn help shore up the team’s blue line?
*·Can Ilya Bryzgalov put together his late-season performance for a full year?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

June 23: Acquired D Luke Schenn from Toronto for RW James van Riemsdyk.July 5: Signed LW Ruslan Fedotenko (NY Rangers) and D Bruno Gervais (Tampa Bay).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

RW Jaromir Jagr (unrestricted free agent, signed by Dallas); G Sergei Bobrovsky (traded to Columbus); RW James van Riemsdyk (traded to Toronto); D Matt Carle (unrestricted free agent, signed by Tampa Bay); D Pavel Kubina (unrestricted free agent)

PHOENIX COYOTES

Head coach Dave Tippett led the Coyotes – who had missed the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons before his arrival – to their third consecutive postseason berth, including the first division title in franchise history and first berth in the Conference Final. A key to the Coyotes’ chances in gaining another place in the final four will be goaltender Mike Smith, who emerged as a top-flight netminder and team leader. Smith posted a 1.99 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and three shutouts in 16 postseason games.

*·How will the additions of Zbynek Michalek, David Moss and Steve Sullivan help the team?
*·Inspirational captain Shane Doan renewed his commitment to his longtime team and community, signing a four-year deal with the Coyotes.

Off-Season Acquisitions

June 22: Acquired D Zbynek Michalek from Pittsburgh for D Harrison Ruopp, G Marc Cheverie and a 3rd-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.
July 1: Signed RW David Moss (Calgary).
July 2: Signed RW Chris Conner (Detroit).
July 3: Signed LW Rob Klinkhammer (Ottawa).
July 4: Signed LW Steve Sullivan (Pittsburgh).
July 12: Signed RW Nick Johnson (Minnesota).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

LW Taylor Pyatt (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Rangers); LW Ray Whitney (unrestricted free agent, signed by Dallas); D Adrian Aucoin (unrestricted free agent, signed by Columbus); D Michal Rozsival (unrestricted free agent, signed by Chicago); C Gilbert Brule (unrestricted free agent); C Daymond Langkow (unrestricted free agent); C Patrick O’Sullivan (unrestricted free agent); C Marc-Antoine Pouliot (unrestricted free agent)

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

With the NHL’s top 1-2 punch at center in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, a breakout 40-goal season by James Neal and the emergence of Kris Letang as one of the League’s top defensemen, the Penguins will open the season with Stanley Cup-sized expectations in Pittsburgh. GM Ray Shero made one blockbuster trade during the offseason, dealing center Jordan Staal to Carolina for center Brandon Sutter and a pair of defense prospects. “He’s a proven player in the League,” Shero said of the 23-year-old Sutter, who tallied 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists) with the Hurricanes last season.
“We love the character. We love what he brings. He’s got good size. It is hard to find guys like that.”

*·Can Tomas Vokoun take some of the pressure off Marc-Andre Fleury in net?
*·How will Brandon Sutter fit in on a new team?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

June 4: Acquired G Tomas Vokoun from Washington for a 7th-round pick in the
2012 NHL Draft.
June 22: Acquired C Brandon Sutter, D Brian Dumoulin and a 1st-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft from Carolina for C Jordan Staal.
July 1: Signed C Trevor Smith (Tampa Bay), C Warren Peters (Minnesota) and LW Tanner Glass (Winnipeg).
July 13: Signed RW Benn Ferriero (San Jose).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

C Jordan Staal (traded to Carolina); RW Arron Asham (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Rangers); LW Steve Sullivan (unrestricted free agent, signed by Phoenix); D Zbynek Michalek (traded to Phoenix); RW Colin McDonald (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Islanders); G Brent Johnson (unrestricted free agent); C Cal O’Reilly (unrestricted free agent); RW Richard Park (unrestricted free agent); D Alexandre Picard (unrestricted free agent); C Jason Williams (unrestricted free agent)

ST. LOUIS BLUES

After a 109-point season, the St. Louis Blues spent the summer locking up the talent that made it happen; 16 of the club’s 18 leading scorers return for 2012-13. The team didn’t make any big splashes during the off-season, anticipating that young stars, such as forwards T.J. Oshie and David Perron and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, will continue to improve under head coach Ken Hitchcock. The 2011-12 winner of the Jack Adams Award as the League’s top bench boss, Hitchcock took over a struggling team early last season and transformed it into the League’s top defensive club en route to third place in the NHL’s overall standings.

*·With Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott in net, can the Blues remain the NHL’s stingiest defense?
*·Who will emerge as the team’s offensive performer?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

June 15: Named Gary Agnew assistant coach.
July 2: Signed D Jeff Woywitka (NY Rangers).
July 6: Signed C Andrew Murray (Detroit).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

RW B.J. Crombeen (traded to Tampa Bay); D Carlo Colaiacovo (unrestricted free agent, signed by Detroit); C Jason Arnott (unrestricted free agent); D Kent Huskins (unrestricted free agent); LW Brett Sterling (unrestricted free agent)

SAN JOSE SHARKS

The Sharks have posted a 195-92-41 regular-season record in four seasons under head coach Todd McLellan, the NHL’s best mark over that span. They have made eight consecutive playoff appearances, never finishing below second place in the Pacific Division in any of those seasons, and have appeared in 13 of the past 14 postseasons. With that record of sustained excellence, the franchise’s core group – forwards Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski; defensemen Dan Boyle, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic; and goaltender Antti Niemi – will take aim at the franchise’s elusive first appearance in a Stanley Cup Final.

*·Can stables Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau continue to lead the team into the postseason?
*·Will offseason additions Adam Burish and Brad Stuart give the Sharks more playoff success?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

June 10: Acquired D Brad Stuart from Detroit for C Andrew Murray and a conditional pick in 2014.
July 1: Signed RW Adam Burish (Dallas).
July 2: Signed C Bracken Kearns (Florida).
July 9: Named Larry Robinson associate coach.
July 10: Named Jim Johnson assistant coach.

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

C Daniel Winnik (unrestricted free agent, signed by Anaheim); C Torrey Mitchell (unrestricted free agent, signed by Minnesota); RW Benn Ferriero (unrestricted free agent, signed by Pittsburgh); C Andrew Murray (rights traded to Detroit); C Dominic Moore (unrestricted free agent); G Antero Niittymaki (unrestricted free agent); D Jim Vandermeer (unrestricted free agent); D Colin White (unrestricted free agent); LW Brad Winchester (unrestricted free agent)

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Steven Stamkos scored 60 goals last season to capture his second Maurice Richard Trophy, becoming the first NHL player to reach 60 since 2007-08 ( Alex Ovechkin, 65). Stamkos has 156 goals since the start of the 2009-10 season, 36 more than the next-closest player (Ovechkin, 120). Stamkos and the Lightning offense will be aided by the acquisition of puck-moving defenseman Matt Carle, one of the most sought-after offseason free agents.
Carle, who returns to Tampa Bay for his second stint with the club, recorded four goals and 38 points with Philadelphia in 2011-12. He led all Flyers in average ice time per game (23:01) and blocked shots (164).

*·Opponents also have to contend with forwards Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier, who have tallied 12 and nine consecutive 20-goal seasons, respectively, all with Tampa Bay.
*·Will the additions of Matt Carle, Anders Lindback and Sami Salo help lower the team GAA?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

June 15: Acquired G Anders Lindback, C Kyle Wilson and a 7th-round pick in
2012 from Nashville for G Sebastien Caron, two 2nd-round picks in 2012 and a 3rd-round pick in 2013.
June 23: Acquired LW Benoit Pouliot from Boston for RW Michel Ouellet and a 5th-round pick in 2012.
July 1: Signed D Sami Salo (Vancouver).
July 4: Signed D Matt Carle (Philadelphia).
July 6: Signed D Matt Taormina (New Jersey).
July 10: Acquired RW B.J. Crombeen and a 5th-round pick in 2014 from St.
Louis for a 4th-round pick in 2013 and 2014.

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

D Bruno Gervais (unrestricted free agent, signed by Philadelphia); C Trevor Smith (unrestricted free agent, signed by Pittsburgh); RW Tim Wallace (unrestricted free agent, signed by Carolina); G Sebastien Caron (traded to Nashville); D Brett Clark (unrestricted free agent); D Mike Commodore (unrestricted free agent); G Dwayne Roloson (unrestricted free agent); RW Ryan Shannon (unrestricted free agent)

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

The Maple Leafs may have found their center for top-line wings Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul with the offseason trade acquisition of James van Riemsdyk from Philadelphia. Van Riemsdyk, the second overall pick at the
2007 NHL Draft, will likely get a shot at playing center with the Leafs after serving mostly as a winger with the Flyers. The 23-year-old is coming off a year in which he posted 11 goals and 13 assists in 43 games of an injury-filled season. “I have played it a little bit in the past, and any time you can be a little more versatile as a player, it is definitely a good thing,” van Riemsdyk said of playing center. “I’m excited about that.”

*·Will the Maple Leafs return to the playoffs for the first time since 2003-04?
*·Can the team’s young players step up at the NHL level?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

June 23: Acquired RW James van Riemsdyk from Philadelphia for D Luke Schenn .
July 1: Signed C Jay McClement (Colorado).
July 24: Signed C Keith Aucoin (Washington).
Jan. 9: Named David Nonis general manager.

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

RW Colby Armstrong (unrestricted free agent, signed by Montreal); D Luke Schenn (traded to Philadelphia); G Jonas Gustavsson (traded to Winnipeg); RW Joey Crabb (unrestricted free agent, signed by Washington); LW Jay Rosehill (unrestricted free agent)

Restricted Free Agent

D Cody Franson

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

The pre-season focus is on Canucks goaltenders Roberto Luongo, who has averaged 37 wins a season in his six years in Vancouver, and Cory Schneider , the team’s first-round pick in 2004. Schneider earned increased playing time last season (33 games, 20 wins), culminating with him taking over for Luongo in the Stanley Cup Playoffs starting in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against Los Angeles. Canucks GM Mike Gillis is taking a patient approach to the situation. “We have been listening to teams that are interested in acquiring [Luongo]. If we get what we think the value is there we’ll trade him,” Gillis said. “I don’t have a timetable. In fact, in hockey things can change in five minutes with one phone call. It’s unrealistic to put a timetable on it.”

*·How much will the team miss Ryan Kesler at the beginning of the season?
Kesler underwent off-season shoulder surgery and is sidelined indefinitely.
*·After signing a big contract, how will Jason Garrison play in his native British Columbia?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

July 1: Signed D Jason Garrison (Florida).
July 5: Signed D Derek Joslin (Carolina).
July 30: Signed RW Guillaume Desbiens (Calgary).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

D Sami Salo (unrestricted free agent, signed by Tampa Bay); D Aaron Rome (unrestricted free agent, signed by Dallas); D Marc-Andre Gragnani (unrestricted free agent, signed by Carolina); RW Mark Mancari (unrestricted free agent, signed by Buffalo); RW Byron Bitz (unrestricted free agent); RW Mike Duco (unrestricted free agent); RW Victor Oreskovich (unrestricted free agent); C Samuel Pahlsson (unrestricted free agent)

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

After playing under an up-tempo, offense-minded head coach in Bruce Boudreau and the more cautious Dale Hunter, the Capitals will forge a new identity under Adam Oates, who comes to Washington for the first head coaching assignment of his career following a three-year stint as an assistant coach with New Jersey. “When you look at the Finals this year, you saw two teams that were basically in-your-face teams, all over the ice,” Oates said of the Devils and Los Angeles Kings. “I really feel the game today is territory. You have to establish territory and protect it. I look at the Caps’ lineup and the talent level and I don’t see any reason why we can’t push the pace and be an aggressive team but at the same time not sacrificing defense. It requires commitment all over the ice.”

*·Can Alex Ovechkin return to his old form as one of the game’s top scorers?
*·Will Mike Ribeiro make the Capitals forget about the departed Alexander Semin?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

May 26: Acquired C Zach Hamill from Boston for LW Chris Bourque.
June 22: Acquired C Mike Ribeiro from Dallas for C Cody Eakin and a 2nd-round pick in 2012.
June 26: Named Adam Oates head coach.
July 2: Signed RW Joey Crabb (Toronto).
July 3: Signed D Jack Hillen (Nashville).
July 11: Signed LW Wojtek Wolski (Florida).
July 18: Named Calle Johansson assistant coach.
July 23: Named Tim Hunter assistant coach.

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

D Dennis Wideman (traded to Calgary); C Jeff Halpern (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Rangers); LW Alexander Semin (unrestricted free agent, signed by Carolina); G Tomas Vokoun (traded to Pittsburgh); C Keith Aucoin (unrestricted free agent, signed by Toronto); D Sean Collins (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Rangers); C Cody Eakin (traded to Dallas); LW D.J.
King (unrestricted free agent); RW Mike Knuble (unrestricted free agent)

WINNIPEG JETS

The Jets filled a big offseason need by signing prospective top-line center Olli Jokinen, who recorded 23 goals and 61 points for Calgary last season.
“His size (6’3”, 210) comes to the forefront,” said Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff. “He’s difficult to handle when he gets moving and he does move very well. He likes to shoot the puck and he’s not afraid to do that, and there are lots of opportunities for him to score and opportunities for other players to score off of rebounds and create plays.” Jokinen joins a group of talented wings, including 21-year-old Evander Kane, who had 30 goals in his third NHL season; Blake Wheeler, who led the Jets with 47 assists and 64 points; and captain Andrew Ladd, who tallied 28 goals and provided superb leadership.

*·Can the Jets build off the enthusiasm of last year to make the playoffs?
*·Can Evander Kane emerge as one of the League’s best young guns?

Off-Season Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)

June 14: Named Perry Pearn assistant coach.
July 1: Signed LW Alexei Ponikarovsky (New Jersey).
July 2: Signed C Olli Jokinen (Calgary).
July 4: Signed G Al Montoya (NY Islanders).

Off-Season Departures/Free Agents

LW Tanner Glass (unrestricted free agent, signed by Pittsburgh); G Chris Mason (unrestricted free agent, signed by Nashville); RW Eric Fehr (unrestricted free agent); D Mark Flood (unrestricted free agent); C Jason Jaffray (unrestricted free agent); D Randy Jones (unrestricted free agent); G Peter Mannino (unrestricted free agent); RW Tim Stapleton (unrestricted free agent)