Reworked NHL rosters for 2021-22: Central Division – Pt. 1
32 NHL clubs will show up for training camp later this month after a busy summer that saw more than 100 free agent signings and 60 trades. A number of teams will look drastically different due to improvement, rebuilding, or the need to accommodate the league’s fixed salary cap.
Here’s what the Central Division teams will look like to start the 2021-22 regular season next month.
Who went out : Conor Garland, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Darcy Kuemper, Antti Raanta, Adin Hill, Christian Dvorak, Alex Goligoski, Derick Brassard, John Hayden, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Jason Demers
Who is in: Loui Eriksson, Andrew Ladd, Dmitrij Jaskin, Jay Beagle, Antoine Roussel, Ryan Dzingel, Travis Boyd, Shayne Gostisbehere, Anton Stralman, Conor Timmins, Carter Hutton, Josef Korenar
If you’ve ever seen the movie “Con Air” and remembered an airfield scene with a bunch of old planes broken down… that’s typical of what the 2021-22 Arizona Coyotes will be like. General manager Bill Armstrong orchestrated a systematic dismantling of the club, focusing on removing long-term deals with big salaries (Ekman-Larsson, Dvorak) and replenishing interim capital by becoming a custodian of bad contracts expiring from ‘other clubs.
New coach André Tourigny will drive a club with players (Ladd, Beagle, Eriksson, Stralman) at the end of their career and others looking to put their careers on the right track (Gostisbehere, Dzingel). Arizona’s NHL limit goaltenders (Hutton, Korenar) will give them a good shot in 32nd place.
Who went out : Pius Suter, Adam Boqvist, Duncan Keith, Vinnie Hinostroza, David Kampf, Nikita Zadorov,
Who is in: Tyler Johnson, Henrik Borgstrom, Jujhar Khaira, Seth Jones, Caleb Jones, Jake McCabe, Marc-André Fleury
Even in a summer when GM Stan Bowman adds an all-star defenseman, a two-time Cup-winning center and a future Hall of Fame keeper, the biggest addition could be the return of team captain Jonathan Toews. . Toews missed all of last season with illness and while he’s in good health he gives the Hawks solid strength in the middle with youngster Kirby Dach and Johnson.
Jones is a top-pair dominant defenseman Chicago hasn’t had since Keith’s heyday and McCabe is a legitimate top-four defenseman returning from an ACL injury. Fleury and Kevin Lankinen’s tandem is a significant improvement and could be the difference between making or missing the playoffs.
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Who went out : Joonas Donskoi, Conor Timmins, Brandon Saad, Ryan Graves, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Matt Calvert, Patrik Nemeth, Philipp Grubauer
Who is in: Darren Helm, Mikhail Maltsev, Ryan Murray, Darcy Kuemper
General manager Joe Sakic had to make tough choices with Vezina Grubauer’s candidate, winger Gabriel Landeskog and star defender Cale Makar looking for new contracts. The team captain signed an eight-year, $ 56 million contract and Makar was locked up for six years with a $ 9 million AAV, but Grubauer opted to go to Seattle, forcing the AVs to trade. the prospect Timmins in Arizona against Kuemper.
Colorado lost a solid forward at depth to Donskoi in the expansion draft and had to send Graves to New Jersey for a cap raise, but got a solid defenseman at depth in Murray. They are the best in the division and the favorites in the West.
Who went out : Jamie Oleksiak, Mark Pysyk, Sami Vatanen
Who is in: Luke Glendening, Ryan Suter, Jani Hakanpaa, Braden Holtby
The Stars struggled offensively with injuries to key players (Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov, Roope Hintz) and narrowly missed the playoffs. General manager Jim Nill didn’t make any major moves, losing great defenseman Oleksiak to Seattle and replacing him with free agents Suter (acquired by Minnesota) and Hakanpaa.
The curious move was Holtby signing a one-year, $ 2 million contract to join the tandem of Jake Oettinger and veteran Anton Khudobin, which could eventually see Nill swapping one with a club in need. a goalkeeper at the deadline.