By Shane Darrow on July 16, 2014
Over the last two weeks, the NHL free agency period has been nothing short of a feeding frenzy. With hundreds of millions of dollars being distributed in such a short period of time, here are five teams that still have a lot of work to do in order to solve some of the problems they've created.
Problem: Replacing Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen and Deryk Engelland.
Sure, an argument can be made that all three of the defensemen the Penguins lost in the offseason were overpaid, but they'll still need to be replaced. The Pens added Christian Ehrhoff, and have plenty of defensive depth in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but replacing three solidified blueliners with rookies is always going to be a gamble.
Problem: Improving Their Roster.
The Detroit Red Wings may have made the playoffs every year that I have been alive, but they have been completely silent during the offseason, which isn't the correct move after barely sneaking into the postseason as the 8-seed the year before. The only notable move the Red Wings have made thus far was giving forward Kyle Quincey an undeserved raise.
Problem: Getting Themselves Out of the Gutter.
The Buffalo Sabres have made a plethora of solid signings since the free agency period has begun. By adding Josh Gorges, Brian Gionta, Matt Moulson, Marcus Foligno and Andrej Meszaros, the Sabres have the talent to get themselves out of the gutter of the Eastern Conference. Of course, their new players will have to be efficient if the Sabres are going to find any success next season.
Problem: Justifying Deryk Engelland's Contract.
When you give a player $8.7 million over three years, they have to be one of the guys you're looking at to rejuvenate the franchise; however, in the case of Deryk Engelland, the Calgary Flames signed a guy who could likely be a healthy scratch if the Flames want to continue to improve their roster. If the Flames' system this offseason includes Engelland in an important role, I'd be shocked.
Problem: Replacing Paul Stastny.
The Colorado Avalanche were one of the surprises last season and have actually had a pretty good offseason, but having to replace a 60-point player will be no easy task. The Avs added Jarome Iginla, but it's unlikely he can produce on the same level as Stastny. Colorado needs to spend its offseason developing a system that will give it more offense from its defensemen.
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