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Vancouver Canucks

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The Vancouver Canucks team has been through a tough 4 years. After Henrik and Daniel Sedin retired at the end of the 2017-2018 season, Trevor Linden followed suit at the end of the 2018-2019 season, leaving as president of hockey operations, being replaced by Jim Benning. This is the third time in Canucks’ history they have failed to make the playoffs for four consecutive years. The team has never missed the playoffs for five years consecutively. But all is not dark in Vancouver. Notable Additions:The biggest addition to the Canucks lineup came in the Free Agent market, signing Defensemen Tyler Myers and Jordie Benn, and Left Winger Micheal Ferland. In the trade world, Vancouver acquired J.T. Miller from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Marek Mazanec, a 3rd round pick in the most recent NHL Draft, and a 2020 conditional 1st round pick (if Vancouver is involved in the 2020 draft lottery, the pick will become a first-round draft pick in 2021). Notable Departures:Markus Granlund, wh…

San Jose Sharks

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After nearly bowing out to Vegas in Round One, the Sharks felt like a team of destiny. That was until their run was cut short by an even more unlikely opponent. Between their four-goal power play outburst and that Game Three hand pass controversy, the Sharks eventually ran out of luck, losing once again in the Conference Finals after a barrage of injuries. Eheir roster heading into 2019-20 has been cut short not by injuries, but by the salary cap. Joe Pavelski was the largest loss, but the Sharks also had to let Joonas Donskoi, Gustav Nyqvist and Joakim Ryan walk as well. By shedding them, Doug Wilson was able to make Erik Karlsson the highest-paid defenceman in hockey. He also signed Timo Meier to an extremely fair deal while absolutely fleecing 56-point man Kevin Labanc. The verdict? San Jose is still a very dangerous hockey team, although they have question marks at every position. In: Dalton Prout (free agency, CGY), Jonny Brodzinski (free agency, LA) Out: Joe Pavelski (free agency,…

Los Angeles Kings

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Expectations are at an all-time high in Milwaukee where the Brewers are looking to close the one-game back that stood between them and their first World Series appearance since 1982 last season. What's New When the Brewers convene later this week in Phoenix, they'll do so with largely the same group that finished just one game short of that goal a year ago.


That's by design; general manager David Stearns built this team around a core of young talent under team-control and that group appears to be hitting is prime. That doesn't mean that Stearns could sit idly by all winter, especially with the rest of the National League Central bolstering its collective roster to knock the Brewers' off their perch. For the second straight winter, Stearns stunned baseball observers by signing catcher Yasmani Grandal to a one-year, $18.25 million contract. The Brewers did part ways with two key contributors from last year's squad: third baseman Mike Moustakas came…