Rankings

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Tampa Bay
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We're months away from the start of the 2016-17 season, but Steve Yzerman has already won the General Manager of the Year Award for keeping his team intact and becoming the early favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Signing captain Steven Stamkos and star defenseman Victor Hedman to long-term deals was imperative, and Yzerman succeeded.
2
Florida
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GM Tom Rowe has been busy, quickly making his team Stanley Cup contenders. On the blue line, the Panthers added big-name free agents Keith Yandle and Jason Demers. They gave young defenseman Aaron Ekblad a long-term deal. Rowe also extended forwards Reilly Smith and Vincent Trocheck. Coming off one of the team's best seasons, the Panthers are set to improve.
3
Pittsburgh
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Being the defending Stanley Cup champions earns you high marks, regardless of offseason moves. But unlike former winners who needed to strip the roster due to salary-cap issues, GM Jim Rutherford has his club in good shape. Ben Lovejoy isn't easily replaced but the Pens have a solid core.
4
San Jose
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After losing to the Penguins in the Stanley Cup finals, GM Doug Wilson acquired much-needed speed in Mikkel Boedker. San Jose did lose defenseman Roman Polak, who signed with the Maple Leafs. But the Sharks are otherwise unchanged.
5
Washington
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The Capitals were a strong favorite to win in 2015-16 but the season ended with a second-round exit at the hands of the eventual Cup-champion Penguins. They remain largely unchanged, so stand a good chance of again being good.
6
Chicago
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The return of defenseman Brian Campbell, who was a key member of the team's Stanley Cup win in 2010, will bolster the Blackhawks on and off the ice. Losing Andrew Shaw via trade to the Canadiens, though, hurts. Also losing forward Andrew Ladd to free agency will hurt a bit, as will the exit of forward Teuvo Teravainen, who was traded to the Hurricanes.
7
Montreal
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P.K. Subban is a dynamic player but trading him to the Predators for Shea Weber will bring stability and leadership to Montreal's back end. Acquiring Andrew Shaw was a solid move. Now, if goalie Carey Price can remain healthy ...
8
Dallas
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Last season ended with a major disappointment after a second-round exit to the Blues. GM Jim Nill made a strong move when he signed veteran defenseman Dan Hamhuis to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million on July 1. But the team needs to improve its defense and goaltending.
9
Nashville
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If P.K. Subban was a distraction for the Canadiens, his new home in Nashville will serve as a fresh start for the dynamic defenseman. However, losing Shea Weber in that trade will have a significant impact on the Predators.
10
Anaheim
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Acquiring goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Maple Leafs was an interesting move. Bernier will serve as the backup for John Gibson after the Ducks earlier dealt No. 1 Frederik Andersen to the Leafs. Randy Carlyle is back as coach.
11
Los Angeles
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The Kings lost Milan Lucic to free agency due to salary-cap issues. GM Dean Lombardi doesn't have a lot of wiggle room but the core of Jonathan Quick, Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar, who is the new captain, remains in place.
12
NY Rangers
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Up against the cap, the Rangers have been quiet. The team signed forward Michael Grabner to a two-year deal. But when the puck drops on the 2016-17 season, it appears there won't be many changes in New York.
13
St. Louis
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The Blues traded goaltender Brian Elliott, and lost forwards David Backes and Troy Brouwer to free agency. But that doesn't mean fans should lose faith in this perennial contender. There's still plenty to like about this team, including the continued emergence of forwards Vladimir Tarasenko and Robby Fabbri.
14
Edmonton
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GM Peter Chiarelli has changed the landscape in Edmonton. He signed power forward Milan Lucic and traded former No. 1 overall pick Taylor Hall to the Devils for defenseman Adam Larsson. Off the ice, these moves should help build better chemistry. On the ice, having Connor McDavid healthy for a full season will make the team more successful.
15
Buffalo
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The addition of Kyle Okposo will be a major factor for the young and talented Sabres. With the possibility of playing alongside budding superstar Jack Eichel and Evander Kane, Okposo's presence will make for a solid top line. If college prospect Jimmy Vesey is next to sign, it could further bolster the Sabres.
16
Philadelphia
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The Flyers made significant strides before losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Capitals. The emergence of rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is a bright spot for the future of this team. Gritty winger Dale Weise's four-year deal was the lone offseason addition.
17
NY Islanders
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The Islanders lost Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin to free agency, but GM Garth Snow added Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera and P.A. Parenteau. The Islanders could try to trade goaltender Jaroslav Halak and his remaining two years worth $4.5 million annually.
18
Boston
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Forward David Backes will bring a much-needed veteran voice to the veteran mix. Now, if the Bruins can address the blue-line deficiencies in front of goalie Tuukka Rask, they should contend for a postseason berth. The Bruins did sign defenseman Torey Krug, 25, to a four-year contract worth $5.25 annually but need more help back there.
19
Detroit
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The departure of Pavel Datsyuk to the KHL leaves a major hole, but newcomer Frans Nielsen should be a major contributor, a strong presence at center. The Red Wings also added veteran forward Thomas Vanek on a low-risk, one-year deal.
20
Ottawa
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It's been a relatively quiet offseason for the Senators. The team recently signed veteran Stanley Cup-winning forward Chris Kelly to a one-year deal. He missed the majority of last season with a broken leg but he'll add depth down the middle and brings leadership qualities. Guy Boucher is the new coach, Marc Crawford the new associate coach after the firing of Dave Cameron.
21
Colorado
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Adding versatile forward Joe Colborne will help. GM Joe Sakic still has plenty of work to do, and next on his list should be to sign defenseman Tyson Barrie.
22
Carolina
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The Hurricanes have missed the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons. To try to change that, GM Ron Francis acquired Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen from the Blackhawks for two draft picks. Francis also added forwards Lee Stempniak and Viktor Stalberg on July 1. Young defensive stars Noah Hanifin, Justin Faulk, Jacob Slavin and Brett Pesce will continue to develop.
23
New Jersey
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GM Ray Shero tried to address his team's offensive woes when he acquired forward Taylor Hall, sending defenseman Adam Larsson to the Oilers. The Devils also added forward Beau Bennett via trade.
24
Minnesota
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Landing veteran forward Eric Staal is a strong signing for the Wild. His ability and presence will make a strong impact for the Wild, both on and off the ice. The Wild also bought out Thomas Vanek, who failed to meet expectations. Bruce Boudreau is the new coach, joined by fellow former NHLers Scott Stevens and John Anderson.
25
Winnipeg
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Patrik Laine, the Jets' No. 2 overall pick, is expected to have an immediate impact. The 18-year-old forward has the confidence and skill to accomplish exactly what the organization is hoping he can as a rookie.
26
Calgary
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The Flames needed goaltending, so GM Brad Treliving traded for Brian Elliott and signed backup Chad Johnson. Adding free-agent forward Troy Brouwer, a proven playoff performer, is also a strong move. No. 6 overall pick Matthew Tkachuk will battle for a spot in the lineup at training camp. Glen Gulutzan is the new coach.
27
Arizona
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New GM John Chayka has been busy. Signing defenseman Alex Goligoski to a five-year deal was a huge win. A solid free-agent acquisition was forward Jamie McGinn, 27, who will add offense and depth.
28
Columbus
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Signing defenseman Seth Jones to a six-year, $32.4 million extension was huge. Other than that, its been very quiet in Columbus.
29
Vancouver
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Loui Eriksson is considered one of the most cerebral players in the league by his peers. The Canucks inked the veteran forward to a six-year deal worth $36 million to play with the Sedin twins. Other than Eriksson, it's been very quiet in Vancouver.
30
Toronto
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The Leafs' bid to lure Steven Stamkos failed. They did acquire goaltender Frederik Andersen and unloaded fellow netminder Jonathan Bernier in separate deals with the Ducks. Oh, and there's a guy named Auston Matthews, the No. 1 overall pick who is expected to have an immediate impact. To make sure no one messes with him, the Leafs signed gritty free-agent forward Matt Martin.

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