New Faces in New Places: A Look at the Offseason Moves in the Metro Division

Big names coming and going and three new teams joining the Division makes for a very interesting 2013-14 season.

Because hockey news has been slow lately I thought we'd take a look at (almost) all the moves made by the teams in the Metropolitan Division over the offseason. I did my best to get almost every player of note listed below but the chances that I missed someone or incorrectly categorized someone is exceptionally high because there is no one true place to find this information in its completion (and if there is, please let me know to save me some time for next year).

I'm not doing any real analysis of the moves because that is something that I already wrote for Blueshirts Monthly (subscribe for free by emailing with "subscribe" in the subject line) but I wanted to put together a "master list" of sorts for the offseason moves in the Metro Division and see who you guys think had the best offseason and give us something to talk about for a few days (hopefully). There certainly were some huge names moving inside, outside, and around in the division including the likes of Kovalchuk, Iginla, Bryzgalov, Lecavalier, Jagr, Clowe, Streit, and many others. We also all know that the Atlantic Metropolitan Division has had three teams added to it; the Washington Capitals, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Columbus Blue Jackets. The balance of power in this intense division is very much up to debate though I would imagine that everyone agrees that Pittsburgh is the team to beat after placing first last season in the Atlantic Division.


Pittsburgh Penguins




Rob Scuderi

Harry Zolnierczyk

Matt D'Agostini

Chris Conner

Andrew Ebbet

Brendan Mikkelson

Nick Drazenovic

Bobby Farnham

Jarome Iginla

Matt Cooke

Tyler Kennedy

Chad Kolarik
Trevor Smith

Brad Thiessen

Philippe Dupuis

Alex Grant

Dylan Reese

Brenden Morrow

Douglas Murray

Mark Eaton

Noteworthy RFAs: n/a

New Jersey Devils




Jaromir Jagr

Ryane Clowe

Michael Ryder

Cory Schneider

Rostislav Olesz

Rod Pelley

Riley Boychuk

Darcy Zajac

Joe Whitney

Ilya Kovalchuk

David Clarkson

Alex Ponikarovsky

Henrik Tallinder

Matt D'Agostini

Matt Corrente

Steven Zalewski

Matt Anderson

Steve Sullivan

Johan Hedberg

Tom Kostopoulos

Chad Wiseman

Noteworthy RFAs: Adam Henrique

New York Islanders




Pierre-Marc Bouchard

Cal Clutterbuck

Peter Regin

Shane Harper

Chris Bruton

Mark Streit

Nino Niederreiter

Rick DiPietro

Jesse Joensuu

Keith Aucoin

Blair Riley

Brandon DeFazio

Jon Landry

Matt Watkins

Tim Thomas

Brad Boyes

Marty Reasoner

Radek Martinek

Noteworthy RFAs: David Ullstrom

Philadelphia Flyers




Vincent Lecavalier

Mark Streit

Ray Emery

Yann Denis

Kris Newbury

Maxim Lamarche

Michael Raffl

Ilya Bryzgalov

Danny Briere

Ruslan Fedotenko

Jody Shelley

Kurtis Foster

Brian Boucher

Danny Syvret

Shane Harper

Andreas Lilja

Simon Gagne

Matt Walker

Mike Knuble

Noteworthy RFAs: Eric Wellwood

Carolina Hurricanes




Andrej Sekera

Nathan Gerbe

Aaron Palushaj

Matt Corrente

Mark Flood

Mike Komisarek

Anton Khudobin

Jamie McBain

Joe Corvo

Andreas Nodl

Marc-Andre Bergeron

Bobby Sanguinetti

Jerome Samson

Dan Ellis

Justin Krueger

Marc-Andre Gragnani

Tim Wallace

Tim Brent

Luke Pither

Chad Larose

Noteworthy RFAs: Zach Boychuk

Washington Capitals




Tyson Strachan

Matt Watkins

David Leggio

David Kolomatis

Mike Ribeiro

Matt Hendricks

Jeff Schultz

Joey Crabb

Wojtek Wolski

Mattias Sjogren

Ryan Potulny

Dany Sabourin

Patrick McNeill

Tom Poti

Noteworthy RFAs: Marcus Johansson

Columbus Blue Jackets




Nathan Horton

Jack Skille

Frederic St. Denis

Patrick McNeill

Mike McKenna

Jeremy Smith

Ryan Craig

Ilari Melart

Ryan Russell

Matthew Ford

Nick Drazenovic

Nick Holden

Drew Olson

Vinny Prospal

Adrian Aucoin

Colton Gillies

Michael Leighton

Noteworthy RFAs: n/a

New York Rangers




Benoit Pouliot

Dominic Moore

Danny Kristo

Justin Falk

Aaron Johnson

Danny Syvret

Ryane Clowe

Matt Gilroy

Christian Thomas

Kris Newbury

Logan Pyett

Steve Eminger

Roman Hamrlik

Mike Sauer

Brandon Segal

Nick Palmieri

Noteworthy RFAs: Derek Stepan

That sure is heck of a lot of players that moved around and that is just one division of the NHL. If you notice any names that I have missed or players that I have categorized incorrectly (i.e. someone having retired instead of being an unsigned UFA) please just let me know in the comments. At a certain point I stopped listing AHL-level players and players that I deemed to be "not noteworthy" so the list is not truly complete. It was simply taking too long and I didn't think we needed to discuss what this season's Bridgeport Sound Tigers club is going to look like.

My questions for you guys and gals:

  • What are your thoughts on Washington's quiet offseason?
  • How do you like what the Rangers did compared to the other teams in the division?
  • Which team had the best offseason in terms of acquisitions?
  • Which team had the worst offseason in terms of departures and poor signings/trades?
  • Does it make you feel better to know that Adam Henrique is also still unsigned?
  • What are your predictions for where the teams are going to finish at the end of the season based on the rosters that they have right now?
  • Best signing/trade/buy out? Worst signing/trade/buy out?/

Let me know what you think in the comments section guys and girls. I hope that you're all doing well and enjoying your summer.

Let's go Rangers.


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