Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin are one step closer to a controlling interest in the New York Islanders.
Can Craig Berube lay the foundation for a success by getting his players to buy in right from training camp, and shake off the stigma of placing a former enforcer in a position of power as an NHL head coach?
Realignment pushed the Jets from the NHL's Eastern Conference to the West in 2013-14 and the change did not suit the club with Winnipeg finishing last out of seven teams in the Central.
Also gone from Vancouver is general manager Mike Gillis, the man who made the ill-fated decision to fire head coach Alain Vigneault after the 2013 campaign and replace him with Tortorella. All Vigneault did in 2013-14 was take over the reins for Torts with the New York Rangers and lead the Blueshirts to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Toronto's big move came shortly after last season when it named Brendan Shanahan as the team's president and alternate governor. The Hall of Fame winger left behind a job as the NHL's director of player safety to try and help his hometown team get back on the right track.
Even though the postseason run ended shortly after it began with a four-game sweep at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens, there were plenty of positives to draw at the end of 2013-14.
Losing to Chicago is understandable considering the Blackhawks entered the 2014 playoffs as defending Stanley Cup champions, but that's probably of little consolation to Blues fans. After all, St. Louis has only won one playoff series since Ken Hitchcock took over as coach early in the 2011-12 season despite the team's regular-season success during his tenure behind the bench.
For 11 straight seasons from the 1996-97 campaign through 2007-08 the Senators qualified for the playoffs, with the franchise's high point coming in a trip to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals. After missing the postseason in the spring of 2009, Ottawa qualified three times over the next four seasons culminating with the aforementioned 2013 appearance.
The Flames are coming off a not-so-surprising 77-point season, the lowest for the club since it notched just 75 in 2002-03. And though Calgary would reach the Stanley Cup Finals the following spring a decade ago, the turnaround isn't expected to be as swift this time around.
Although New York lost several pieces from its Eastern Conference championship team in the offseason, the club still enters 2014-15 as one of the favorites to win the East.
The three-time Stanley Cup champion and four-time Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender will no longer man the pipes for the Devils, and as of the start of October is still waiting for a call from someone. He'll always have a prominent place in the franchise's history and will one day have his No. 30 hung from the rafters of the Prudential Center.
However, recent history hasn't been kind to either the Isles or the Coliseum. The building derisively known as "The Mausoleum" is the most maligned arena in major professional sports, and the team it houses is usually nothing to rave about either.
The Hurricanes didn't do much right last season, finishing towards the bottom of the league on both sides of the rink. They were especially bad on the power play, ranking 28th at 14.6 percent.
Trotz's Predators made the playoffs in seven out of eight seasons from 2003-04 to 2011-12 and did so mainly due to the club's defense-first philosophy. Laviolette, meanwhile, preaches an up-tempo, possession style of play. The move does make sense considering Nashville finished 23rd in the league in team defense last season, a clear sign Trotz's system wasn't working the way it once did.
There is no question the 2014-15 Canadiens are a talented bunch. However, the club is still relatively young with a handful of its best players -- P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher, to name a few -- entering this season at 25 years old or younger.
The Kings played a total of 26 postseason contests last campaign, overcoming a 3-0 series deficit to beat San Jose in the first round, winning two straight to close out Anaheim in the semifinals and then besting the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of the conference finals in overtime.
It wasn't a total makeover as Washington stayed within to replace McPhee by promoting Brian MacLellan from his assistant general manager role, while Oates was canned after two seasons and replaced with the respected Trotz.
The Dallas Stars signed restricted free-agent center Cody Eakin to a two-year contract Monday.
The New York Islanders and forward Michael Dal Colle agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract on Monday.
The Anaheim Ducks announced on Monday that veteran winger Dany Heatley will miss at least one week with a groin injury.
Brad Stuart has yet to play a regular-season game for the Colorado Avalanche, but that didn't deter the club from signing the veteran defenseman to a two-year contract extension on Monday.
The Boston Bruins signed restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith on Monday.
The St. Louis Blues and forward Jaden Schwartz agreed to terms on a two-year contract on Saturday.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett will likely be sidelined for the first month of the regular season because of a lower body injury.
The Carolina Hurricanes have added veteran forward Chad LaRose to their training camp roster on a professional tryout.
The Nashville Predators agreed to terms with defenseman Ryan Ellis on Thursday.
The Carolina Hurricanes revealed Thursday that center Jordan Staal will miss the next 3-to-4 months following surgery to repair a fractured right fibula.
There's little to gain from the NHL preseason but so many things to lose.
Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss 4-to-5 weeks with a separated shoulder.
New York Rangers center Derek Stepan suffered a non-displaced fractured fibula during practice on Wednesday and will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks, the team announced.
Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal broke a bone in his right leg during Tuesday's 2-0 preseason loss to Buffalo.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will be without promising young forward Jonathan Drouin for the start of the upcoming 2014-15 season due to a slight fracture of his right thumb.
Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux is expected to be sidelined approximately two weeks after suffering an undisclosed lower-body injury on the first day of training camp.
The Minnesota Wild and goaltender Darcy Kuemper agreed to terms on a two-year contract Thursday.
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen will be out for a period of months as he continues to recover from a diagnosis of multiple blood clots.
Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding faces a long road back from a flare-up of multiple sclerosis which sidelined him for a significant portion of last season.
The San Jose Sharks and Justin Braun have agreed on a five-year contract extension that will keep the defenseman with the club through the 2019-20 season.
The Red Wings and restricted free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser agreed to terms on a two-year contract on Tuesday.
The Anaheim Ducks signed forward Devante Smith-Pelly to a two-year contract on Tuesday.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and Philadelphia Flyers president Paul Holmgren were named recipients of the 2014 Lester Patrick Trophy on Tuesday.