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Grading The Deal: Hurricanes Sign Jeff Skinner Long-TermThe positive momentum has yet to stop for the Carolina Hurricanes this offseason. After trading for and extending Jordan Staal, signing Alexander Semin to a no-risk one-year contract, GM Jim Rutherford announced the team had come to terms with former Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner on a long-term deal.
|Improving The Lightning: Goaltending|
If Tampa can get near-All-Star goaltending, they would return to being a big threat in the Eastern Conference, and even average goaltending would get them back into the playoffs.
|Improving The Jets: Goals Against|
The Jets averaged the exact same number of shots for and shots against, yet were outscored by 21 goals on the season. Addressing their goaltending situation, while spending to improve their defense should help them take a step forward next season.
|Improving The Wild: Finding Goal Scorers|
It seems to be a recurring theme, but the Minnesota Wild simply do not score enough goals to be a playoff team (they averaged a league-low 2.02 goals per game). That was supposed to be fixed entering this season with the additions of Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi. But it is clear that the talent level up front is not up to par.
|Improving The Maple Leafs: No. 1 Center, Goalie|
Regardless of what the actual trades look like, Toronto needs to make some. They now boast a stable of A and B rated prospects. What they do not boast is a fan-base and ownership capable of waiting any longer for a playoff appearance.
|Improving The Ducks: Offensive Depth, Faceoffs|
Tweaking little things like depth up front and the faceoff success, along with their stars regaining their form, should see Anaheim back in playoff contention next year.
|Improving The Islanders: Build The Back-End|
The Isles have a plethora of young talent among their group of forwards, with two more A prospects in the pipeline, but have a big need at the back-end.
|Improving The Canadiens: New G.M. Needs to Fix the PP|
In the blink of an eye, the Montreal Canadiens went from a tough out in the playoffs to a dysfunctional mess.
|Improving The Oilers: Build The Back End|
The Oilers do not struggle offensively, and are already a middle-of-the-pack team in terms of goals scored despite their youth. Their main problem is shot prevention (minus-3 this year, minus-5 the two years before) and goal prevention.
|Improving The Blue Jackets: Hit The Restart Button|
The Blue Jackets need to hit the restart button on the roster, and begin to build through the draft like Pittsburgh and Chicago had done before them, and Edmonton and the Islanders are trying to do now.
|Why The Bruins Can Repeat|
In the salary cap era of the NHL, an era littered with parity, repeating as Stanley Cup Champions has been an impossible task. But with largely the same roster, the Bruins can buck the trend.
|Greatest Roster Series: Washington Capitals|
The last team featured in our Greatest Roster Series, the Capitals have a history of talent on defense and an active figurehead in Alexander Ovechkin.
|Greatest Roster Series: Vancouver Canucks|
The Canucks have never won a Stanley Cup, but they have made three appearances in the Finals over the last three decades.
|Greatest Roster Series: St. Louis Blues|
After enjoying some early playoff success, the Blues have only made it past the second round three times since 1970.
|Greatest Roster Series: San Jose Sharks|
The Sharks have a history of success in the regular season, but they are only just beginning to win in the playoffs.
|Greatest Roster Series: Pittsburgh Penguins|
Pittsburgh fans have had the joy of watching one of the five best players in the history of the NHL in Mario Lemieux and now they have Sidney Crosby.
|Greatest Roster Series: Phoenix Coyotes|
The list contains a few that played for both Winnipeg and Phoenix: Shane Doan, Teppo Numminen, Keith Tkachuk, Nikolai Khabibulin and Bob Essensa.
|Greatest Roster Series: Philadelphia Flyers|
Before the extended success of the Red Wings was that of the Oilers; before the dynasty in Edmonton was the dynasty on Long Island; and before the Islanders there was the Broad Street Bullies in Philadelphia.
|Greatest Roster Series: New York Rangers|
More than any team done before, the all-time roster was the most difficult to narrow down; so many forwards could make an equally convincing case to be on the list, and it was incredibly difficult to adjust for different eras.
|Greatest Roster Series: New Jersey Devils|
The formula for the success of the Devils was Martin Brodeur and the defense in front of him, anchored by Hall of Famer Scott Stevens, and future Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer.
|Greatest Roster Series: Nashville Predators|
The Predators are not a financially strong team, but one that is successful because of its consistency; GM David Poile and coach Barry Trotz have been in their respective positions since the first year of the franchise.
|Greatest Roster Series: Los Angeles Kings|
The future of the Kings looks brighter than ever, with burgeoning young stars like Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards.
|Greatest Roster Series: Florida Panthers|
The Panthers have only reached the playoffs in three times, but reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996.
|Greatest Roster Series: Detroit Red Wings|
The Red Wings have been the most dominant franchise of the NHL over the past 20 seasons, but their Stanley Cup lasted more than 40 years.
|Greatest Roster Series: Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars|
The Minnesota North Stars reached the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals and became an NHL powerhouse upon their move to Dallas where they have been graced by the likes of Mike Modano, Sergei Zubov and Ed Belfour.
|Greatest Roster Series: Colorado Avalanche|
Numerous issues in the mid-90s led the Nordiques to relocate to Denver, where the Colorado Avalanche have since won two Stanley Cups (1996, 2001), and have had their own share of current and future Hall of Famers suit up for them.
|Greatest Roster Series: Chicago Blackhawks|
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have won the Blackhawks a Stanley Cup, but they only receive honorable mention status on the Greatest Roster of one of the Original Six.
|Greatest Roster Series: Calgary Flames|
The record book is virtually owned by Jarome Iginla, but let us not forget how many other great players played for the Flames.
|Greatest Roster Series: Buffalo Sabres|
The storied Buffalo franchise has featured eight Hall of Famers, the famed French Connection of Gilbert Perreault, Richard Martin and Rene Robert, questionable ownership decisions, and countless uniform changes.
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|Grading The Deal: Hurricanes Sign Jeff Skinner Long-Term|
The positive momentum has yet to stop for the Carolina Hurricanes this offseason. After trading for and extending Jordan Staal, signing Alexander Semin to a no-risk one-year contract, GM Jim Rutherford announced the team had come to terms with former Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner on a long-term deal.
Improving The Hurricanes: Secondary Scoring
Should they spend $5M-$10M on two or three secondary forwards to alleviate the scoring pressure that falls on Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner, the Hurricanes could make a positive step forward next season.
Grading The Deal: Leafs Overpay Grabovski
No matter which way you cut it, Mikhail Grabovski is a good second-line center, but he is being overpaid by about $1M per season, which can be significant in the salary cap world.
Greatest Roster Series: Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs have struggled since the 1970s, but they won a combined nine Stanley Cups in the 1940s and 1960s.
Greatest Roster Series: Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning are approaching their 20th anniversary and while they have just six playoffs appearances, they do have a Stanley Cup to their credit.
Greatest Roster Series: Ottawa Senators
Though only a franchise for twenty years, Ottawa has enjoyed a great amount of regular season success, with four Northeast Division titles and one Presidents Trophy (2002-03).
Greatest Roster Series: New York Islanders
Before the Oilers dynasty in the 1980s, there was the New York Islanders dynasty; thanks in no small part to Hall of Famers Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier and Denis Potvin.
Greatest Roster Series: Montreal Canadiens
With the most Stanley Cups and Hall of Famers of any franchise, there are a lot of old names on this list. Patrick Roy is the only player on the list who has played for the Canadiens within the last 20 years.
Greatest Roster Series: Minnesota Wild
In their ten seasons as the Wild, Minnesota has made the playoffs only three times, including making it to the Western Conference Finals in 2003.
Greatest Roster Series: Edmonton Oilers
Though a relatively new franchise (31 seasons played), the history of the Oilers is littered with some of the greatest names in NHL history: Gretzky, Messier, Kurri, Coffey, Fuhr, Sather, Anderson.
Greatest Roster Series: Columbus Blue Jackets
Looking over the All-Time Columbus roster, it is easy to see why the franchise has made but one winless playoff appearance. Beyond Rick Nash, the franchise has been void of All-Star talent.
Greatest Roster Series: Carolina Hurricanes
Cam Ward and Eric Staal have made the existence of this franchise far more successful than its days in Hartford.
Greatest Roster Series: Boston Bruins
The rich history of the Bruins has included 43 members of the Hockey Hall of Fame suiting up for the team at some point in their careers.
Grading The Deal: Lightning Sign Stamkos Long-Term
There should be no doubt that Steven Stamkos is absolutely worth one of the ten highest annual average salaries in the league
Greatest Roster Series: Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets
Tobias Enstrom, Marc Savard, Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk and Dany Heatley are some of the best players in franchise history.