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By Sean Fitzgerald
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Mar 24, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza (19) reacts after he scores the game winning shootout goal during the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Ottawa Senators defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

10. Vancouver Canucks:

Significant Additions: Ryan Miller, Radim Vrbata

Significant Losses: Mike Santorelli, David Booth, Andrew Alberts, Ryan Kesler

The Canucks made most of their changes via trade. Despite making several trades around the draft, they still signed Ryan Miller and Radim Vrbata. People question whether Miller is an upgrade over Eddie Lack.

9. Edmonton Oliers:

Significant Additions: Mark Fayne, Teddy Purcell, Benoit Pouliot, Keith Aulie, Nikita Nikitin

Significant Losses: Sam Gagner, Ryan Smyth, Anton Belov, Ryan Jones, Mark Fraser

The Oilers have been bad for a really long time, so they decided to throw around a ton of money in free agency. The Oilers moves are risky but the Oilers had to do something.

8. Pittsburgh Penguins:

Significant Additions: Christian Ehrhoff, Thomas Greiss, Blake Comeau, Steve Downie

Significant Losses: Matt Niskanen, Jussi Jokinen, Brooks Orpik, Lee Stempniak, Tomas Vokoun, Joe Vitale, Taylor Pyatt, Chuck Kobasew, Tanner Glass, Deryk Engelland, Chris Conner

The Penguins got a good player in Ehrhoff and other quality pieces. They lost some depth players but the losses of Niskanen and Jokinen might hurt the most. Niskanen leaves a hole on their blue line. Orpik leaving is a good thing for the Penguins.

7. New York Islanders:

Significant Additions: Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kuleman, Chad Johnson, T.J. Brennan, Jack Skille.

Significant Losses: Evgeni Nabokov, Radek Martinek

The additions of Grabovski and Kuleman are huge for the Islanders! They add to more pieces to their forward core and the Islanders could be a force to be reckoned with. The addition of Chad Johnson paired with Jaroslav Halak improves their goal tending situation.

6. Minnesota Wild:

Significant Additions: Thomas Vanek

Significant Losses: Matt Moulson, Ilya Bryzgalov, Clayton Stoner, Dany Heatly, Nate Prosser

Vanek joins fellow Minnesota boys Ryan Suter and Zach Parise with the Wild. Vanek will give the Wild more offensive punch. They are going to need more offense with the other additions made in the central division. Vanek also makes up for the loss for Clayton Stoner.