The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Metropolitan Division

Cam Lewis
July 31 2017 10:38AM

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This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins. 

The Hurricanes looked to solve their goaltending issue, the Penguins worked to keep their Cup-winning core intact, the Capitals lost an exodus of good players, the Devils and Flyers continued to build with excellent lottery luck, the Blue Jackets haven't done much to build on a breakout season, the Rangers dropped a lot of cap to make a major free agency splash, and it's time to worry about John Tavares.

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Atlantic Division

Cam Lewis
July 29 2017 10:58AM

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This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins. 

The Panthers and Sabres are moving in a new direction again, the Lightning dealt with some housekeeping that should allow them to rebound next season, the Red Wings seem to be trying to prolong the inevitable, the Leafs added veteran leadership to their exciting young squad, the Bruins and Senators stayed completely still, and the Habs had another whirlwind of a summer. 

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Central Division

Cam Lewis
July 26 2017 10:29AM

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This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins. 

The Blackhawks went through another renaissance and brought back some familiar faces, the Predators added to one of the best young cores in the NHL, the Stars went nuts in free agency and are prime for another ride to the top, the Blues and Wild tweaked around the cap, the Jets addressed their goaltending issue, and the Avs are still very bad. 

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Pacific Division

Cam Lewis
July 25 2017 10:30AM

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This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins. 

The Coyotes took a major step forward into actually contending, the Ducks navigated nicely through the expansion draft, the Flames continued their search for a legitimate goaltender, the Oilers have half of their star duos signed, the Kings shook up their front office, the Canucks are still trying to make something happen, the Sharks are moving into a new era, and the Golden Knights will play their inaugural season.

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The case for giving Leon Draisaitl a short-term bridge contract

Jonathan Willis
July 12 2017 02:53PM

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With negotiations between the Edmonton Oilers and Leon Draisaitl the team’s most important remaining task this summer, one potential outcome has received less attention than it probably should: a short-term compromise deal between the two camps, commonly known as a bridge contract.

In some ways, it would be a shock if the Oilers and Draisaitl didn’t eventually come to terms on a long-term pact, but in others a shorter deal makes sense. At the risk of over-generalizing, there are two primary reasons an NHL team might prefer a bridge deal to a long-term pact with an emerging young star, and both have some relevance to this negotiation.

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