25. Carolina Hurricanes:
Significant Additions: Jay McClement, Brad Malone
The Canes resigned Jared Staal and Michal Jordan. In terms of overall free agency the Canes did not do anything but lose players. The Canes were not a good team last year and could have used an upgrade or two this offseason.
24. Calgary Flames:
The Flames could not retain their guy in Cammalleri and replaced him with Raymond. Raymond is not as good as Cammalleri. They wasted a draft pick on a trade for Brandon Bollig. Jonas Hiller will be an upgrade in net for them, but their losses outweigh their gain. The Flames will be bad again.
23. New York Rangers:
The Rangers have lost some significant pieces to their Stanley Cup team. They have not made up for any of those losses. Adding Dan Boyle was a good move but doesn’t make up for their losses.
22. Detroit Red Wings:
Significant Additions: Kevin Porter
The Red Wings used to a destination in free agency where players went because they wanted to win. Now players seem to be shying away from Detroit. The Red Wings did have several young players emerge last year but still needed to do more in free agency.
21. Colorado Avalanche:
The Avalanche was the surprise of the NHL last season. They played so well that Patrick Roy won the coach of the year award. This offseason might be damaging to their Stanley Cup aspirations. They replaced Paul Stastny with Jarome Iginla which is a downgrade in my mind. They added Briere and I say WHY??? The Avalanche lost more than they gained.