NHL Offseason: 8 Teams That Got Better And 7 That Got Worse

Over $360 million dollars were spent on July 1st by teams jockeying to improve their position in the National Hockey League. As a result of the money spent, there were solid acquisitions and there were some less than fundamentally sound moves made by teams around the league. Teams made moves to improve when it may or may not have been needed. In some cases, players may have signed deals way out of line with their true value.

American teams made moves to try and bolster their roster and bring in talent, and some had an advantage over their Canadian counterparts due to different tax burdens. Teams secured their club’s future by signing key talent to long-term deals that will help define who and what their core is all about. In other cases, teams that are simply trying to hold on may have to come to grips with losing a key part of their team’s success over the last decade, and are left to simply search for possible alternatives.

17 Teams That Got Better 

16 Tampa Bay Lightning

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15 Buffalo Sabres


14 Calgary Flames


13 Florida Panthers

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12 San Jose Sharks

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11 Boston Bruins

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10 Minnesota Wild


9 New Jersey Devils


8 Teams That Got Worse

7 Detroit Red Wings


6 New York Islanders


5 New York Rangers

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4 Philadelphia Flyers

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3 Ottawa Senators

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2 St. Louis Blues

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1 Anaheim Ducks

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This is a team that appeared poised to take steps forward after the 2014/2015 season, but have been relatively quiet here in the off season. With talk of moving defensemen Cam Fowler, who appeared to be a key part of the team’s future, more questions appear to have arisen. They did acquire winger Mason Raymond, who once again will have to prove himself in order to earn a long term deal once this year has ended. With over twenty-five million dollars in cap space allocated to Cory Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler, the concern could be that other changes may be needed. There are questions about what will happen with impending free agents Brandon Pirri, Shawn Horcoff and Mike Santorelli, as their roles on the team are to add depth and there is no certainty that deals may be reached with all of them.

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