Central Division Summer: Rival Roster Updates


It’s been an interesting summer in the Central Division.

St. Louis and Nashville have joined Winnipeg in needing a new captain before the 2016-17 season, while Dallas handed theirs a new $76 million deal. Meanwhile, emerging young stars got paid; Nathan MacKinnon, Mark Scheifele and Jaden Schwartz all got extension worth more than $5 million per season.

With a lot of movement around the division continuing, let’s catch up with the roster moves in the Central Division so far this offseason.


  • Dallas Stars

Jamie Benn, F – 8 years, $76 million ($9.5M AAV – begins 2017-18 season)
Dan Hamhuis, D – 2 years, $7.5 million ($3.75M AAV)
Patrick Eaves, F – 1 year, $1 million
Maxime Legace, G – 1 year
Andrew Bodnarchuk, D – 2 years
Dustin Stevenson, D – 1 year
Adam Cracknell, F – 1 year
Jamie Oleksiak, D – 1 year

Trade: D Alex Goligoski to Arizona for a fifth round pick in 2016
Trade: G Jack Campbell to Los Angeles for D Nick Ebert

Players Lost: Jason Demers (Florida), Vernon Fiddler (New Jersey), Colton Sceviour (Florida)

Remaining Free Agents: 
Group 2 FAs: Matej Stransky
Group 3 UFAs: Travis Moen, Kris Russell
Group 6 UFAs: None
UFAs: Emil Molin, Taylor Peters, Troy Vance

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  • St. Louis Blues

Jaden Schwartz, F – 5 years, $26.75 million ($5.35M AAV)
David Perron, F – 2 years, $7.5 million ($3.75M AAV)
Carter Hutton, G – 2 years, $2.25 million ($1.125M AAV)
Magnus Paajarvi, F – 1 year, $700,000
Ty Rattie, F – 1 year, $650,000
Landon Ferraro, D – 1 year, two-way contract
Jordan Binnington, G – 1 year, two-way contract
Pheonix Copley, G – 1 year, two-way contract

Trade: G Anders Nilsson to Buffalo for a seventh round pick in 2017

Players Lost: David Backes (Boston), Troy Brouwer (Calgary), Steve Ott (Detroit)

Remaining Free Agents:
Group 3 UFAs: Andre Benoit, Chris Butler, Patrick Cannone, Peter Harrold, Jeremy Welsh
Group 6 UFAs: Danny Kristo
UFAs: Cody Beach, Richard Nedomlel, Zack Phillips, Ryan Tesink, Yannick Veilleux.

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  • Nashville Predators

Yannick Weber, D – 1 year, $575,000
Matt Irwin, D – 1 year, $575,000
Trevor Smith, D – 2 year, two-way contract
Harry Zolnierczyk, F – 1 year, two-way contract
Mike Liambas, F – 1 year, two-way contract

Trade: Shea Weber for PK Subban

Players Lost: Carter Hutton (St. Louis)

Remaining Free Agents:
Group 2 FAs: Taylor Aronson, Stefan Elliott, Petter Granberg, Calle Jarnkrok
Group 3 UFAs: Paul Gaustad, Joonas Jarvinen, Simon Moser, Patrick Mullen, Corey Potter
Group 6 UFAs: Jamie Devane
UFAs: Johan Alm, Gabriel Bourque, Cody Hodgson, Kristian Nakyva, Garrett Noonan, Max Reinhart.

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  • Minnesota Wild

Eric Staal, C – 3 years, $10.5 million ($3.5M AAV)
Chris Stewart, F –  2 years, $2.3 million ($1.15M AAV)
Darcy Kuemper, G – 1 year, $1.55 million
Victor Bartley, D – 1 year, two-way contract
Alex Stalock, G – 1 year, two-way contract
Pat Cannone, F – 1 year, two-way contract
Zach Palmquist, D – 1 year, two-way contract

Players Lost: none yet

Remaining Free Agents:
Group 2 FAs: Matt Dumba,  Jordan Schroeder
Group 3 UFAs: Jonathon Blum, Ryan Carter, Ruslan Fedotenko, Justin Fontaine, David Jones, Chris Porter, Jarret Stoll, Tyson Strachan
Group 6 UFAs: Conor Allen
UFAs: Brett Bulmer, Raphael Bussieres, Brody Hoffman, Jared Knight, Scott Sabourin


  • Colorado Avalanche

Nathan MacKinnon, F – 7 years, $44.1 million ($6.3M AAV)
Joe Colborne, F – 2 years, $5 million ($2.5M AAV)
Patrick Wiercioch, D – 1 year, $800,000
Fedor Tyutin, D – 1 year, $2 million
Calvin Pickard, G – 2 years
Trent Vogelhuber, F – 2 years
Reid Petryk, F – 2 years
Ryan Stanton, D – 1 year, $600,000
Jeremy Smith, G – 1 year
Turner Elson, F – 1 year, $575,000
Jim O’Brien, F – 1 year, $600,000
Mike Sislo, F – 1 year
Joe Whitney, F – 1 year

Trade: G Reto Berra to Florida for F Rocco Grimaldi

Players Lost: Mikkel Boedker (San Jose), Shawn Matthias (Winnipeg), Zach Redmond (Montreal), Borna Rendulic (Vancouver), Nate Guenin (Anaheim), Ben Street (Detroit), Andrew Bodnarchuk (Dallas), Taylor Beck (Edmonton), Nick Holden (trade – NY Rangers)

Remaining Free Agents:
Group 2 FAs: Tyson Barrie, Mikhail Grigorenko, Duncan Siemens
Group 3 UFAs: Patrick Bordeleau, Maxim Noreau, Jack Skille, Jesse Winchester
Group 6 UFAs: Andrew Agozzino
UFAs: Sami Aittokallio, Gabriel Beaupre, Trevor Cheek, Dennis Everberg, Brandon Gormley, Joey Hishon, Garrett Meurs, Roman Will.


  • Winnipeg Jets

Mark Scheifele, F – 8 years, $49 million ($6.125M AAV)
Shawn Matthias, C – 2 years,  $4.25 million ($2.125M AAV)
Adam Lowry, F – 2 years, $2.25 million ($1.125M AAV)
Joel Armia, F – 2 years, $1.85 million ($925,000 AAV)
Quinton Howden, F – 1 year, two-way contract
Brian Strait, D – 1 year, two-way contract
Julian Melchiori, D – 2 years, two-way contract
Jamie Phillips, G – 2 year entry-level contract
Brenden Kichton, D – 1 year, two-way contract

Players Lost: Andrew MacWilliam (New Jersey), Thomas Raffl (Austria)

Remaining Free Agents:
Group 2 FAs:  J.C. Lipon, Jacob Trouba
Group 3 UFAs: Grant Clitsome, Matt Halischuk, Arturs Kulda
Group 6 UFAs: Patrice Cormier
UFAs: Austen Brassard

28 thoughts on “Central Division Summer: Rival Roster Updates

  • July 19, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    UP- Nashville did get much better with the addition of Pernell Karl Subban. Sure PK isn’t the defensive monster that Weber was but Weber was in the decline anyways. I think Nashville is indeed a cup contender.

    Wild-Better with a better coach. Bruce Boudreau has proven success in the regular season. There is no reason he cant did it again in Minny. The roster is flawed and they didnt hit any home runs this offseason but they did add some talent to a playoff team last season.

    Winnipeg-This is a team on the way up. Patrik Laine is likely a top 6 player today and their are ALOT of prospect in the pipeline. They might be a playoff team this season.

    SAME-Dallas & Avs (nothing happened here to move the needle up or down). If Barrie doesnt resign this team has gotten much worse.

    WORSE-Blues. Turning the reigns over to an oft injured Jake Allen? Added Mike Yeo as a “coach to be”? Trading Shattenkirk,… Doug Armstrong you sir are an idiot!

    Hawks-3 to 5 rookies plus an aging core. Hmmm I dunno!

  • July 19, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    The biggest problem Nashville will have with that trade for PK will be the cap recapture if Weber retires before he’s 40. I actually feel sorry for them as the Weber deal was an offer sheet from Philly that they matched.

    If Weber retires after age 36 Nashville would be hit with 4.91 for 5 years, Montreal would not be charged anything after his age 34 season. And even then its peanuts by comparison.

    Age 37- 6.142 hit per year
    Age 38- 8.19 hit
    Age 39-12.28 hit
    Age 40- 24.5 hit


  • July 19, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Thats the price of doing business Ernie,.,.,P.K was a cancer in the room ,Habs needed a dance partner . The Ville has to pay to play. I think the Habs have become a MUCH better team this off season. Yeah Webers not a spring chicken but he will be a quiet ,potent, Leader by example.,,P.K`s a show boating , mouth runner. Weber will soon become a fan favorite with his grit and toughness. Your doom and gloom cap hit charade is, to say the least, a twisted stretch of your imagination.
    Try putting your mathematical wizardry to some good.

  • July 19, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I’ve never really loved PK…but I’m still yet to see how he was a cancer.

  • July 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I agree with your assessment of PK Hawkhead. I remember watching him get torched by the speed of Tampa Bay in their playoff series of 2015. The guy was completely out of gas and could not keep up. Just a loud mouth thug. Weber on the other hand is hard nosed leader.

  • July 19, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Hey Ernie ,was it not Philly who made an offer to Hjalmarsson a few years back that also cost the Hawks to answer the bell. Or the Sharks? Anyhow ,those Flyers are costing teams money,.,.,yet they seem to NOT get the big guns to sign with em.

  • July 19, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    It was the Sharks who made the offer for #4.
    And I, too, think PK is a big mouth. He’s not a team guy, at least he never seemed so to me. He loves the spotlight and tries to grab it every chance he gets. He talks a good game but he’s a poseur. Weber will make the Habs better. PK will make noise.

  • July 19, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    SAN did offer sheet Hammer. We said were keeping Hammer so instead they got Nemo. We beat SAN that year, so they were sore. NAS didn’t do anything to PHI.

  • July 19, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Hawks matched the San Jose paper on Hjalmarsson. Then went to arbitration with Niemi. Niemi wanted 4 million, Hawks wanted 1.75. Arbitrator awarded him with 2.75. Niemi ended up signing a 1 year deal in San Jose for 2 million. He then signed an extension midway through that first season. For bigger money.

    When I brought up that Weber Subban trade my point was that it didn’t look all that stellar from a Nashville perspective. One thing Subban will do is put people in the seats more so than Weber. I think they’re are flaws in Subban’s game. I’m not one of those guys that think hes got character issues. I haven’t seen how he’s a loud mouth. And I haven’t seen how he’s a thug. He dives a bit. Does the equivalent to a Baseball bat flip. But he also gave a ton of money to a children’s hospital. He likes to have fun and doesn’t have the off ice drama others have had having fun.

  • July 19, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Check out the PK Suban slash on Ottawa’s Mark Stone on April 15, 2015. Talk about a cheap shot.

  • July 19, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Yes Subban is a dirty slasher .. Likes to chop across the wrists viciously. The slash on Stone got him thrown out of the game I think. Lots on U tube

  • July 20, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Forgot about that Stone slash.

  • July 20, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Said before, honeymoon in Nashville won’t last the season. His soft spot for kids will only go so far. Although this is NOT why the Preds got him but, his lack of leadership will diminish the positives that he brings. Also, PK will get a lot more push back in his on the edge play in the WC

    I guess I think that the Preds lost more in the trade than the Habs gained…..if that makes any sense

  • July 20, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    – Nashville – very clearly so. A nice young core, some further nice pieces in their farm system and the addition of PK Subban. Agree with comment above. Weber remains a great player, but he’s on the decline. Subban is a very strategic fitting piece for the Preds. Definite true Cup contender.
    – Winnipeg – bursting with young talent and I think they transition over to becoming a playoff team next season.

    – Dallas – a lot of talent, but they took some big hits on defense and still the goaltender quandary.
    – Minnesota – Boudreau will help, but they have a strange roster makeup.
    – Colorado – I look for them to be a similar mess to what they were last season.

    – St. Louis – interesting times await for the Blues. Very interested to see how they do the first two months.
    – Chicago – an aging core and gone are too many of the essential complementary players of essential skill set to fill the gap. We will miss Shaw badly. Too much hope is being pinned on Schmaltz and Motte, at least right out of the box. I like them both, but they each have ceilings that some on here want to glaze over. Hinostraza, McNeil, Kero, Hartman all carry major question marks and all, in my opinion, are AHL journeyman types. TooToo will help and be counted on to play a bigger role then some think. The return of Campbell is important. Not sure what to make of Kempny, but I suspect he needs time in Rockford.

    SAME-Dallas & Avs (nothing happened here to move the needle up or down). If Barrie doesnt resign this team has gotten much worse.

    WORSE-Blues. Turning the reigns over to an oft injured Jake Allen? Added Mike Yeo as a “coach to be”? Trading Shattenkirk,… Doug Armstrong you sir are an idiot!

    Hawks-3 to 5 rookies plus an aging core. Hmmm I dunno!

  • July 20, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    re: Big Earl – your obsession with the “aging core” makes me laugh. If you visit the roster on the Hawks website, there are only 2 forwards listed on the NHL roster over 30: Hossa and Tootoo, who might not even make the NHL squad.

  • July 20, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    I’m going to post this link again for those who STILL think Subban has defensive liabilities. Weber is inferior to Subban in 8 of 10 categories. The only reason he’s a “cancer” is because Montreal doesn’t want anybody with a personality.


  • July 20, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Spoken by a true Hab loving ,crying in your poutine ,pouter puss.
    What those wonderful, colorful, hypnotic ,load the bong just one more time,schematics DO NOT show is,.,.,.,.,.,.,.Subban is a distraction in and out of the locker PERIOD.

  • July 20, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Don’t knock on poutine!! Supposed to get a poutinerie in Lake Zurich.

  • July 20, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Still struggling with the whole 5 potential rookies thing…

    Sure, count Kempny if you want, but the guy can play at the professional level and asking him to take 3rd pairing minutes with the top-4 you have is the easiest transition he could have. To me coming from international ice to NHL size is much easier for a d-man than a forward, mostly because the loss of time/space they are used to. If a defenceman can keep up with gap control on large ice, he should be able to do the same on the smaller sheet.

    On the forward side of things, I really only see 2 rookie slots on the 3rd line wings with Krugs in the centre at this point, leaving Panik Toews Hossa on the 1st, same 2nd, Desi Moose Tootoo on the 4th as needed. Could you rotate guys out and take more rookies? Sure. Do you need to? Don’t think so from the start.

    “The reports of the Blackhawks death have been greatly exaggerated.”
    – Mark Twain (if he were still alive and was a Hawks fan)

  • July 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Never understood why PK is so polarizing, seriously im guessing because he is black. NHL is still dominated by white guys and and an old school mentality. Hate to sound like a racist but i dont understand

  • July 20, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Kind of think the same thing SSHM.

  • July 20, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Subban’s teammates loved him. His fans loved him. The community loved him. His coach did not. How the hell would any of you know if he’s a locker room cancer? No one has ever once said anything like that. Ever. Oh, and he’s younger, more talented, and just plain better than Webber.

  • July 20, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Austin-I agree that he has a bad rap that’s mostly undeserved- and he is younger but the better is very debatable (more upside possibly) They play a different style, with different strengths and Weber is one of the best at what he does in the NHL. I’m sure D. Keith would echo that.

  • July 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Not a PK fan. But he will bring some personality to an otherwise low key team. Who knows, Preds might actually pick up a fan or two outside the city…..cause right now there are ZERO

    Subban and Weber are very similar statistically. The one stat I would like to see is Goals Against while player is in the Penalty Box.

  • July 21, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    PK and Weber are not similar in style or stats.

  • July 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    This article got me thinking…can Panarin get the same bonuses this season if he does well like last year? If Stan gets Vesey, I wonder if he will sign a similar deal.

  • July 22, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Nick, Yes. And yes. ELC bonuses do have a cap, but most likely Vesey will get the max deal bonus wise and max deal salary wise.

  • July 22, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Wow, the hypocrisy of Hawk’s fans is rivaled by no other fan base. Subban a selfish, show boating thug? Like Kane doesn’t showboat? Toews doesn’t have a tendency to whine and pout when things aren’t going his way? Hell, might as well call Keith and Seabrook thugs. What about Shaw? If he had played for any other team the last few years, Hawk’s fans would have done nothing but trash him. Well maybe not, considering 95% of Blackhawks fan’s couldn’t name 3 players each on all the other team’s rosters. Seriously, some of you “fans” have no objectivity whatsoever.

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