Address changes, whether by transaction or through the free agent market, were numerous during the last offseason of the National Hockey League (NHL) and fans will be able to see it with their own eyes as soon as possible. January 13.
Here are some important names that have moved since the end of the 2020 playoffs.
To the surprise of many, the elite player accepted a one-year contract from a team not aspiring to top honors, the Buffalo Sabers. However, a successful year individually could see him pocket the nest egg later in 2021.
The 34-year-old will look to bounce back from the San Jose Sharks, who acquired him from the Minnesota Wild for a fifth-round pick. In his new team, he should share the job with Martin Jones and will want to buy out a difficult campaign.
The goaltender ran into trouble in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2019-2020 and saw Tristan Jarry steal his No. 1 position. Here he is with the Ottawa Senators, who saw him as a worthy replacement for Craig Anderson. . Murray has collected at least 20 wins in each of the last four seasons.
The forward returns to the Winnipeg Jets, where he played 19 regular season games in 2017-18 before settling with the Vegas Golden Knights. In Manitoba, he will represent, with the Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine, one of the offensive weapons of instructor Paul Maurice.
The star-back will try to lead Las Vegas to the top after leaving the St. Louis Blues to sign a seven-year, $ 61.6 million pact. Goalies Robin Lehner and Marc-André Fleury will be entitled to premium protection around the net.
The Québécois is another of the recent acquisitions of the general manager of the “Sens”, Pierre Dorion. Winner of the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning last fall, he arrives in a completely different environment in Ottawa, where public expectations remain low.
The experienced defenseman finds himself in the Canadian section, as the Canucks got him from the Knights through a third-round selection. The 29-year-old is approaching the 400-game mark in his career and will be called upon to assume important responsibilities. Vancouver notably lost Christopher Tanev to the Calgary Flames.
The American headed for the Colorado Avalanche on October 10 from the Chicago Blackhawks. Saad lands in an explosive formation in attack and wishes to return to the 30-goal plateau, which he has not succeeded since 2015-2016.
Jacob Markstrom and Braden Holtby
Sweden’s Markstrom chose the Flames to continue his career, with the club spending $ 36 million for six years. It remains to be seen if this departure will haunt the Canucks, who have fallen back on Braden Holtby, a Stanley Cup winner in 2017-18.
After long procrastination, Krug ended his association with the Boston Bruins and will now play in St. Louis, where he will have to replace Pietrangelo as best he can. The Blues paid dearly for his services – $ 45.5 million for seven years – and they wish they had found a good alternative.