Regrading every NHL team's offseason
Regrading every NHL team's offseasonin Enter the Beast
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The big move last summer was sending defensemen Shea Theodore and Clayton Stoner to the Golden Knights so they could hang onto players like Josh Manson and Sami Vatanen, the latter of whom they eventually flipped for Devils forward Adam Henrique. Manson is fifth on the team in scoring, and defenseman Brandon Montour has thrived with increased ice time. Goalie Ryan Miller has been excellent in his backup role, with a .935 save percentage in 11 appearances. Center Dennis Rasmussen was a whiff, and is now in the AHL.
The biggest flaw in their offseason was something out of their control: Inking Patrick Eaves to a three-year deal, only to see his career interrupted by a battle with Guillain-Barré syndrome. Look, it's entirely possible this all works out in the end, but it hasn't worked quite yet. The Coyotes got aggressive last summer, acquiring center Derek Stepan and goalie Antti Raanta from the Rangers and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson from the Blackhawks. Of the three, Stepan has been the best, Raanta has played decently when healthy and Hjalmarsson has been injured and ineffective. Trouble is, he was expected to be the most important addition. Oh, and Mike Smith, jettisoned in the Great Purge of Old Coyotes last summer, has been one of the league's best goalies with the Flames. Whoops.
The Bruins' offseason was one in which the hopes for a blockbuster deal -- there was Matt Duchene and Jacob Trouba speculation -- might have been the only letdown, because the Bruins were handing the keys to younger players at several positions. It's hard to cry in your beer about Colin Miller when Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy are ready on the right side. It's hard to gripe about not adding a veteran center when that might have buried Kawann Short Youth jersey Danton Heinen. GM Don Sweeney knew what he had coming. Doing little ended up meaning a lot.
The Sabres are one of the season's blazing tire fires, and GM Jason Botterill's first offseason smells of gasoline. Let's start with the positive: He won the trade, Authentic Paul Postma Jersey perhaps by default, with the Wild that brought defenseman Marco Scandella and forward Jason Pominville to the Sabres. Scandella, in particular, has been a bright spot for Buffalo, although Pominville had better offensive numbers with the Wild. Benoit Pouliot is having a rebound season on a show-me contract. Defensemen Nathan Beaulieu has been effective when healthy.
On the other hand, goaltender Chad Johnson has been a downgrade from Anders Nilsson, and the less said about oft-injured, oft-ineffective Jacob Josefson, the better. But, as is Sabres tradition, all is forgiven if this mismanagement gets them the No. 1 pick in the draft.
Look, I'm guilty as charged: I thought the http://www.eaglesofficialsshop.com/Rasul_Douglas_Jersey_Cheap Flames adding Mike Smith was a bit like trying to cover the smell of a soiled bathroom with a candle made of blue cheese. Instead, he's fifth in the NHL in even-strength save percentage, at .929, and is Wade Davis Authentic Jersey credited as the reason the Flames hung tough and are now challenging in the Pacific. So, mea culpa.
Also, their draft pick bounty sent to the Islanders for Travis Hamonic is looking better as he has gotten more comfortable in the system. Ryan Pike of Flames Nation has deemed him a "mild disappointment," but getting better. They expunged a bunch -- Brian Elliott, Deryk Engelland and Alex Chiasson -- and made a couple of positive moves. Oh, and corrected the Eddie Lack mistake, quickly.
Egads. The Blackhawks had to deal with the sudden (but unsurprisingly cap-friendly!) loss of Marian Hossa, and made their usual financial overcompensation moves last offseason. Out went the dynamic Artemi Panarin (38 points this season to lead the Blue Jackets) and in came Brandon Saad (23 points, fifth for the Blackhawks). Their reunion with Patrick Sharp (six goals in 42 games) failed. Tommy Wingels and Lance Bouma have been getting devoured by opponents -- to the tune of a minus-38 in Corsi differential. This grade stays in the C's because Connor Murphy, Jan Rutta and Jordan Oesterle have been varying degrees of better than Brent Seabrook. But it's barely there.
Remember how the original Star Trek movies had that thing where every other one (i.e. the even-numbered ones) were good and the others were mediocre? Colin Wilson is a Star Trek movie, and unfortunately his http://www.officialbengalsfootballproshop.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_CLINT_BOLING_JERSEY.html post-trade numbers with the Avs look more like his mediocre 2015-16 season with Nashville than either his 45-point or 35-point seasons that book-ended it. Nail Yakupov has eight goals, which is getting something out of Nail Yakupov, which was unexpected.
But, goalie Jonathan Bernier was the pickup of the offseason, with a stellar .922 save percentage in his first 18 appearances. The best thing about GM Joe Sakic's offseason turned out to be patience, as he waited for a windfall in the Matt Duchene sweepstakes -- and got one.
Clearly, the Artemi Panarin trade is working out for the Jackets, as he leads the team in scoring. At this point, the only concern is getting him inked before free agency in 2019. But we can only move the Jackets up a half grade because of William "Wild Bill" Karlsson's transformation into goal-scoring machine with the Golden Knights, and the decision to leave him dangling in the expansion draft. Hey, getting that David Clarkson money off the books was important, but maybe not that important.
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