It’s been a loooooong time since free agency started for this NHL season and I’m sure fans have forgotten a few moves here and there. I thought I’d take a look back at what the teams in the Pacific Division did (besides the Stars) during the offseason just to remind Stars fans on the situation and what the division is going to be like this year.
The Ducks were very busy during the offseason and took on some significant contracts.
Major signings included defensemen Sheldon Souray and Bryan Allen and forward Daniel Winnik. They also got a boost when Teemu Selanne decided he would return for at least one more season.
While they did make a few big moves, the Ducks lost a couple of key pieces in free agency as well. Highly coveted defenseman Justin Schultz decided to jump ship and landed in Edmonton while Sheldon Brookbank left for Chicago.
The Ducks also traded Stars killer Lubomir Visnovsky to the New York Islanders for a 2nd-round pick.
Additions: F Daniel Winnik (2yrs/$3.6M), F Brad Staubitz (2yrs/$1.275M), D Sheldon Souray (3yrs/$11M), D Bryan Allen (3yrs/$10.5M)
Subtractions: F Jean-Francois Jacques (Florida, 1yr/$750K), F George Parros (Florida, 2yrs/$1.85M), D Sheldon Brookbank (Chicago, 2yrs/$5M), D Justin Schultz (Edmonton, 2yrs/$1.85M), D Lubomir Visnovsky (trade to NYI)
Re-signed: Teemu Selanne (1yr/$4.5M)
Very little happened in the land of the Cup champions as they mostly just kept their team the way it was. They lost scarcely used forward Ethan Moreau to retirement, depth goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to the Pittsburgh Penguins and minor leaguer Patrick Millen to the Vancouver Canucks.
On the additions front, the Kings added basically no one expect for some meaningless minor leaguers. They mostly just kept their own guys.
They re-signed Dustin Penner, Colin Fraser and Jarret Stoll and gave contract extensions to Dwight King and Jonathan Quick. They could make one more move before the season starts (and after the CBA is ratified) in trading away backup Jonathan Bernier but they can’t find any takers for him.
Additions: No one of note
Subtractions: F Ethan Moreau (retired), D Patrick Mullen (Vancouver, 1yr/$600K), G Jeff Zatkoff (Pittsburgh, 2yrs/$1.05M)
Re-signed: C Colin Fraser (2yrs/$1.75M), C Jarret Stoll (3yrs/$9.75M), LW Dustin Penner (1yr/$3.25M).no comments