With the final NHL division free agency guide, we will be going over the moves made by the Metropolitan division. Last season many people said that the Metro was the best division and the Metro teams will try to continue that moving forward.
Carolina Hurricanes: The Hurricanes have signed the following players Justin Williams, Josh Jooris, Brendan Kitchon, Dennis Robertson, and Jeremy Smith. The most notable player on that list is Justin Williams who has 1,080 games played in his career so far and he has 273 goals, 409 assists, and 682 points. Last season he had 24 goals and 24 assists for a total of 48 points.https://twitter.com/NHLCanes/status/886995282952671232
Columbus Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets went on an incredible win sixteen game win streak last season where they were just shy of breaking the NHL win streak record of 17 games achieved by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1992-1993 season. However, the Jackets were out in the first round of the playoffs to the Penguins as they lost that round in 5 games. They didn’t do much in free agency as all they did so far is sign defensemen, Cameron Gaunce and Andre Benoit.
New Jersey Devils: The rebuilding Devils have had a pretty good offseason so far as they drafted Swiss product Nico Hischier with the first overall pick in the twenty seventeen National Hockey League draft who looks to have a very successful career with the Devils. In free agency, they have signed forward Brian Boyle, defenseman Brian Strait, forward Bracken Kearns, and forward Brian Gibbons. The most notable player out of the group is Brian Boyle who has 624 games, 93 goals and 76 assists for a total of 169 points in his career.
New York Islanders: The Islanders missed the playoffs last season but they have signed three depth players. Those players are defenseman Seth Helgeson, goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis, and goaltender Christopher Gibson.
New York Rangers: The Rangers have had a very nice offseason so far let’s look at the players they have signed. First of all, they have signed New York native Kevin Shattenkirk who upgrades their defense in a big way! Shattenkirk is an amazing offensive-defenseman. Shattenkirk has 490 games played in his career so far and in those 490 games, he has tallied 68 goals and 230 assists for a total of 298 points. The Rangers have also signed forward David Desharnais, goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, forward Cole Schneider, forward Paul Carey, forward Jesper Fast, and goaltender Alexander Georgiev. https://twitter.com/NYRangers/status/887460496567390213
Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers got rid of Steve Mason so they needed to pick up a new goalie this offseason and that’s exactly what they have done as they have signed not just Brian Elliot but also Anthony Stolarz, Alex Lyon, and Cole Bardreau.The Flyers have also signed forwards Mike Vecchione, Corban Knight, Phil Varone, Scott Laughton, and Taylor Leier.https://twitter.com/KidElls1/status/881201799939719169
Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins have had a lot of success in their team’s recent history lets look at who they have signed. The Penguins have signed Goalie Antti Niemi, defenseman Matt Hunwick, and defenseman Justin Schultz.
Washington Capitals: The Caps have once again got knocked out in the second round and they still have never made it to the Conference Final in the Ovechkin era. The Capitals hope these recently signed people will help them change that. The Capitals have signed forwards Brett Connolly, Evgeny Kuznetsov, John Albert, Devante Smith-Pelly, Andre Burakovsky, Anthony Peluso, Travis Byrd, Wayne Simpson, and Liam O’Brien. They have also signed goaltender Philipp Grubauer. With all of the players joining or leaving the Metropolitan division will the division be even stronger than it was last season