I’m going to begin with the Anaheim Ducks. With the record of 34-36-12 in the 2011-2012 season, they needed a big off-season. With 204 goals for and 231 goals against, they needed improvements on both sides of the ice. Keeping track of the off-season, I saw the GM make some smart moves. He signed skilled defensemen to make up for the loss of Lubomir Visnovski. He signed Bryan Allen, a physical defensive defenseman. Being a Carolina Hurricanes fan, I know how much he can help defensively. He’s a good shot blocker, stick checker, and can take the body. Along with Allen, came defenseman Sheldon Souray. At 6’4″ and 237 lb, he is also a good, physical defensive defenseman. The GM also picked up forward Daniel Winnik. He is a 3rd-4th line forward, who picks up 20-40 points a season, and can also play at the defensive end.
Retaining possession of Teemu Salanne, along with Bobby Ryan, was key to the offense. Daniel Winnik was a good addition to the offense as well as to the defense. 20 to 40 points may not seem a lot, but it’s enough to help.
I believe these moves have put them in a position to make the playoffs.