By Meesh Shanmugam, Staff Writer | Follow him on Twitter
As journalists and bloggers rush to re-write season previews for the 48-game 2013 NHL season, many are quickly realizing that they have simply forgotten some of the bigger moves of the offseason. Memory development and learning is a matter of repetition, and thanks to four months of lockout updates, most of our memories are made up of definitions for “HRR” and “disclaimer of interest” instead of roster movement and NHL news.
For that reason, here is a quick reminder of what you may have forgotten over the past few months:
General Manager Changes
- Montreal Canadiens: Marc Bergevin replaced Pierre Gauthier. Bergevin was previously the assistant general manager in Chicago where he had also served as a pro scout and director of player personnel.
- Toronto Maple Leafs: Dave Nonis replaced Brian Burke…yesterday. Nonis had been the senior vice-president and director of hockey operations under Brian Burke. Nonis previously served as general manager in Vancouver from 2004-2008, which was a position he undertook after Burke had been fired in Vancouver too.
Calgary Flames: Bob Hartley replaced Brent Sutter. Hartley has a 329-226-61-34 record in 650 games. He has previously coached in Colorado and Atlanta. He won the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001.
- Edmonton Oilers: Ralph Kreuger replaced Tom Renney. Kreuger has no NHL head coaching experience, though he had been an assistant with Edmonton since 2010. His coaching resume includes 12 years with the Swiss national team.
- Washington Capitals: Adam Oates replaced Dale Hunter. Oates has no head coaching experience, but he was an assistant with Tampa Bay in 2009-10 and most recently was an assistant with New Jersey during their Cup Final run. The former Capitals’ player had the joy of being elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame and being named head coach of the Capitals on the same day in June. During the lockout, he has acted as a co-coach with Washington’s AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears.
- Montreal Canadiens: Michel Therrien replaced Randy Cunneyworth. Therrien begins his second tenure with Montreal after coaching them from 2000-2003. His most successful years were with Pittsburgh, where he took the team from last place to the Stanley Cup Final in 3 seasons. His career coaching record is 212-182-22-46 in 462 games.
- Buffalo Sabres acquired Steve Ott and Adam Pardy from Dallas for Derek Roy.
- Carolina Hurricanes acquired Jordan Staal from Pittsburgh for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin, and the 8th overall pick in the 2012 draft.
- New York Rangers acquired Rick Nash, Steven Delisle and a conditional 3rd round pick in 2013 from Columbus for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, and a 1st round pick in 2013.
- Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Sergei Bobrovsky from Philadelphia for a 2nd round pick in 2012, 4th round pick in 2012, and a 4th round pick in 2013.
- Tampa Bay Lightning acquired Anders Lindback, Kyle Wilson, and a 7th round pick in 2012 for two 2nd round picks in 2012, a 3rd round pick in 2013, and Sebastien Caron.
- Philadelphia Flyers acquired Luke Schenn from Toronto for James van Riemsdyk.
- Phoenix Coyotes acquired Zbynek Michalek from Pittsburgh for Harrison Ruopp, Marc Cheverie, and a 3rd round pick in 2012.
- Washington Capitals acquired Mike Ribeiro from Dallas for Cody Eakin and a 2nd round pick in 2012.
Major Free Agent Signings
- Calgary Flames signed Jiri Hudler from Detroit and Dennis Wideman from Washington.
- Carolina Hurricanes signed Alexander Semin from Washington and Joe Corvo (yes, again) from Boston.
- Colorado Avalanche signed PA Parenteau from the New York Islanders.
- Dallas Stars signed Jaromir Jagr from Philadelphia and Ray Whitney from Phoenix.
- Edmonton Oilers signed highly-sought free agent Justin Schultz, who shunned Anaheim.
Florida Panthers signed Peter Mueller from Colorado.
- Minnesota Wild signed Zach Parise from New Jersey and Ryan Suter from Nashville (you may remember that one).
- Montreal Canadiens signed Brandon Prust from the New York Rangers.
- Phoenix Coyotes signed Steve Sullivan from Pittsburgh.
- Tampa Bay Lightning signed Matt Carle from Philadelphia and Sami Salo from Vancouver.
- Vancouver Canucks signed Jason Garrison from Florida.
- Winnipeg Jets signed Olli Jokinen from Calgary.
While this is not a comprehensive list of the moves made since last June, it should give everyone a brief refresher on how the offseason went in 2012. For a comprehensive look at every team’s moves, visit The Hockey News.