May 18, 2024
Did the Central Division get stronger or weaker this offseason?

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 1: Nazem Kadri #43 of the Toronto Maple Leafs splits between Connor McDavid #97 and Cam Talbot #33 of the Edmonton Oilers to score the overtime winning goal in an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on November 1, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Oilers 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The dog days of the NHL offseason are upon us.  Time for a quick look at what the teams in the Central Division did this summer (so far) and decide whether they got stronger or weaker!

Listed in order of finish this past season:

Team Gained Lost +/-
Chicago Bouma,
Kruger to Vegas,
Panarin to Columbus
Getting the band back together never works. Cap trouble still.
Minnesota Foligno,
Haula to Vegas,
Pominville, Scandella
Lost more than they gained. Heading towards cap trouble.
St. Louis Thorburn,
B Schenn
Lehtera Probably a wash
Nashville Bonino,
The only GM in the history of the franchise
Winnipeg Mason,
Stabilized in goal?
Dallas Bishop,
Eakin to Vegas Undisputed winners of the off season. Will it translate onto the ice?
Colorado Yakupov,
Still can’t get Duchesne traded This season is probably it for Sakic.

Trending UP

Winnipeg, Dallas – Both teams have addressed their below league average goaltending.  Dallas also addressed their lack of RW depth and brought in a veteran left D.

Treading water

Colorado: can’t really get any worse, can they?

Nashville: Can’t really get any better on the blue line, can they?

St. Louis: Lateral moves. More importantly, will Head Coach Mike Yeo, in his first full season in charge, be able to get St Louis into the playoffs in a tough division?

Trending DOWN

Chicago: Three cups make the roster turnover a little easier to swallow, but even with Sharp on a sweetheart deal, losing Panarin will hurt the Hawks offensive output.

Minnesota: Without the benefit of having won three cups, or even one, the Wild are starting to face the same cap issues that have been plaguing Chicago the past two offseasons. All three players they lost were important depth pieces.

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