Rival Report: What did the rest of the Atlantic Division do in free agency this week?

Tracking the new arrivals to the Panthers division

It was a busy week around the Atlantic Division, as most of the division’s teams tried to gain ground on the President’s Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins, who came up one win short of claiming the Stanley Cup.

Let’s take a look back at the new additions the Florida Panthers division rivals have made since free agency opened on July 1. This article does not include players that were retained by these organizations, just new additions via free agency and by trade.

Boston Bruins

  • Signed forward Brendan Gaunce to a one-year contract
  • Signed forward Par Lindholm to a one-year contract
  • Signed forward Brett Ritchie to a one-year contract
  • Signed Maxim Lagace to a one-year contract /

As mentioned above the Bruins came a whisker away from claiming the championship, so they didn’t need to do much, and didn’t.

Buffalo Sabres

  • Acquired forward Jimmy Vesey from the New York Rangers for a third-round pick in 2021
  • Acquired defenseman Colin Miller from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2021 and a fifth-round pick in 2022
  • Signed defenseman John Gilmour to a one-year contract
  • Signed forward Jean-Sebastien Dea to a one-year contract
  • Signed forward Curtis Lazar to a one-year contract
  • Signed goalie Andrew Hammond to a one-year contract
  • Signed forward Marcus Johansson to a two-year contract/

Getting pending UFA Jeff Skinner signed long-term earlier in the offseason was the big move. Vesey, Miller and Johansson should help the club improve after it went off the rails after a good start last year.

Detroit Red Wings

The rebuilding Red Wings, who finished with 7 wins its final ten games, didn’t add much to last season’s 74-point team. They will looking within for further improvement.

Montreal Canadiens

  • Signed Carolina forward Sebastian Aho to a five-year offer sheet that Carolina plans to match
  • Acquired a second-round and seventh-round pick in 2020 and 2021 third-round pick from Chicago in exchange for Andrew Shaw
  • Signed defenseman Mike Reilly to a two-year contract
  • Signed forward Riley Barber to a one-year contract
  • Signed goalie Keith Kinkaid to a one-year contract
  • Signed defenseman Ben Chiarot to a three-year contract
  • Signed forward Nick Cousins to a one-year contract/

Kudos to the Canadiens for trying to pry Aho away from the the Hurricanes. Former Jet Chiarot will help on the back end, but they still need more up front. Could they take a swing at Patrik Laine next?

Ottawa Senators

Former Toronto assistant D.J. Smith has a lot of former Maple Leafs to insert into the rebuilding Senators lineup.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Mostly depth moves for the NHL’s best regular season club. The Bolts still need to get RFA Brayden Point to put pen to paper.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Along with the Panthers, the Maple Leafs were the busiest team in the division and are better for it. The Buds still have one piece of major work to do and that’s signing RFA Mitch Marner to a new contract.