Jason Spezza tried his best to keep track.
The Ottawa Senators forward kept an eye on NHL transactions during the off-season but conceded during a recent interview that he wasn’t sure exactly who ended up where.
“There’s so much movement,” said Spezza. “I picked up the Hockey News a couple weeks ago, you look and it’s like, ‘Oh, this guy’s there, this guy’s there.’
“A lot of guys switched teams and some fly under the radar.”
With training camps opening this week around the NHL, we’ve put together a primer to try and help Spezza (and each of you) get a better handle on which players will be wearing new uniforms this season.
Summer Splash – New coach John Anderson inherits a team still looking for its first playoff win.
Welcome – F Jason Williams; F Marty Reasoner; F Junior Lessard; D Ron Hainsey.
So Long – F Bobby Holik; F Mark Recchi; D Steve McCarthy; D Marc Popovic; D Alexei Zhitnik.
Summer Splash – A healthy Patrice Bergeron bolsters the Bruins forward core.
Welcome – F Michael Ryder; F Blake Wheeler; F Martin St. Pierre; D Johnny Boychuk.
So Long – F Glen Murray; F Glen Metropolit; D Bryan Allen; G Alex Auld.
Summer Splash – Best off-season moves were getting Ryan Miller and Jason Pominville to agree to long-term extensions.
Welcome – F Mathieu Darche; D Craig Rivet; G Patrick Lalime.
So Long – F Steve Bernier; F Mike Ryan; D Dmitri Kalinin; G Jocelyn Thibault.
Summer Splash – Three new defencemen continue the changes that started at last year’s trade deadline.
Welcome – F Matt Murley; D Joni Pitkanen; D Josef Melichar; D Anton Babchuk.
So Long – F Erik Cole; F Trevor Letowski; F Keith Aucoin; F Jeff Hamilton; D Glen Wesley; D Bret Hedican; D David Tanabe; G John Grahame.
Summer Splash – Landing highly sought-after junior coach Peter DeBoer was quite a coup.
Welcome – F Cory Stillman; D Keith Ballard; D Nick Boynton; D Rory Fitzpatrick; G Chris Beckford-Tseu.
So Long – F Olli Jokinen; F Jozef Stumpel; F Garth Murray; D Mike Van Ryn; D Jassen Cullimore; D Steve Montador; D Branislav Mezei.
Summer Splash – Bringing in Alex Tanguay and Robert Lang to help with serious push for Stanley Cup in 100th season.
Welcome – F Alex Tanguay; F Robert Lang; F Georges Laraque; D Shawn Belle; G Marc Denis.
So Long – F Michael Ryder; F Mikhail Grabovski; F Bryan Smolinski; F Corey Locke; D Mark Streit.
New Jersey Devils
Summer Splash – What’s old is new again in Jersey, where Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik look to relive past glory.
Welcome – F Brian Rolston; F Bobby Holik; D Anssi Salmela; G Scott Clemmensen.
So Long – F Sergei Brylin; F Arron Asham; D Karel Rachunek.
New York Islanders
Summer Splash – Mark Streit should bolster the power play.
Welcome – F Doug Weight; D Mark Streit; G Yann Danis.
So Long – F Miroslav Satan; F Shawn Bates; F Josef Vasicek; F Ruslan Fedotenko; G Wade Dubielewicz.
New York Rangers
Summer Splash – Letting Jaromir Jagr walk away in favour of some younger forwards.
Welcome – F Markus Naslund; F Nikolai Zherdev; F Dan Fritsche; F Patrick Rissmiller; F Aaron Voros; D Wade Redden; D Dmitri Kalinin.
So Long – F Jaromir Jagr; F Martin Straka; F Sean Avery; F Brendan Shanahan (?); F Ryan Hollweg; D Fedor Tyutin; D Christian Backman; D Marek Malik.
Summer Splash – Finally, the question about Ray Emery being a distraction has been answered.
Welcome – F Jarkko Ruutu; D Jason Smith; D Brendan Bell; G Alex Auld.
So Long – F Cory Stillman; F Randy Robitaille; F Brian McGrattan; D Wade Redden; D Mike Commodore; G Ray Emery.
Summer Splash – Naming Mike Richards team captain – the future is now in Philly.
Welcome – F Glen Metropolit; F Arron Asham; D Ossi Vaananen; D Steve Eminger; G J.S. Aubin.
So Long – F R.J. Umberger; F Sami Kapanen; F Vaclav Prospal; F Patrick Thoresen; D Jason Smith; D Jaroslav Modry.
Summer Splash – Placing faith in Miroslav Satan to be a poor man’s Marian Hossa.
Welcome – F Miroslav Satan; F Ruslan Fedotenko; Matt Cooke; F Eric Godard.
So Long – F Marian Hossa; F Ryan Malone; F Gary Roberts; F Jarkko Ruutu; F Georges Laraque; F Adam Hall; G Ty Conklin.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Summer Splash – Where to start? New owners, new front office, new coaches, tons of new players and No. 1 draft pick Steven Stamkos. Oh, and Vincent Lecavalier’s signature on an 11-year contract extension.
Welcome – F Ryan Malone; F Gary Roberts; F Mark Recchi; F Radim Vrbata; F Vaclav Prospal; F Steven Stamkos; F Evgeny Artyukhin; F Brandon Bochenski; F Adam Hall; F David Kochi; D Andrej Meszaros; D Matt Carle; D Andrew Hutchinson; G Olaf Kolzig.
So Long – F Andreas Karlsson; F Karl Stewart; F Andre Roy; F Tim Taylor; F Craig MacDonald; D Filip Kuba; D Alexandre Picard; D Dan Boyle; D Brad Lukowich; D Doug Janik; G Marc Denis.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Summer Splash – Interim GM Cliff Fletcher has the Maple Leafs in an obvious rebuilding mode for the first time in more than a decade.
Welcome – F Jamal Mayers; F Niklas Hagman; F Mikhail Grabovski; F Ryan Hollweg; D Jeff Finger; D Jonas Frogren; D Mike Van Ryn; G Curtis Joseph.
So Long – F Mats Sundin (?); F Darcy Tucker; F Kyle Wellwood; F John Pohl; D Bryan McCabe; D Andy Wozniewski; G Andrew Raycroft.
Summer Splash – Signing Jose Theodore to replace the departed Cristobal Huet in goal.
Welcome – F Keith Aucoin; G Jose Theodore.
So Long – F Matt Cooke; F Ben Clymer; D Steve Eminger; G Cristobal Huet; G Olaf Kolzig.
Summer Splash – Retained GM Brian Burke, although speculation of a potential departure to Toronto continues.
Welcome – F Brendan Morrison; F Josh Green; D Steve Montador.
So Long – F Todd Bertuzzi; F Teemu Selanne (?); F Doug Weight; D Marc-Andre Bergeron.
Summer Splash – Added longtime nemesis Todd Bertuzzi.
Welcome – F Mike Cammalleri; F Todd Bertuzzi; F Rene Bourque; F Andre Roy; F Jamie Lundmark; F Curtis Glencross.
So Long – F Alex Tanguay; F Stephane Yelle; F Kristian Huselius; F Owen Nolan; F Eric Godard; D David Hale; G Curtis Joseph.
Summer Splash – Threw big money at coveted blue-liner Brian Campbell.
Welcome – F Tim Brent; D Brian Campbell; D Matt Walker; D Aaron Johnson; D Doug Janik; G Cristobal Huet.
So Long – F Robert Lang; F Yanic Perreault; F Rene Bourque; F Kevyn Adams; F Jason Williams; D Andrei Zyuzin; G Patrick Lalime.
Summer Splash – Brought back Tony Granato as head coach after firing the man who took over from him three seasons ago – Joel Quenneville.
Welcome – F Darcy Tucker; F Brian Willsie; F Per Ledin; D Daniel Tjarnqvist; G Andrew Raycroft.
So Long – F Andrew Brunette; F Peter Forsberg; F Brad Richardson; D Kurt Sauer; D Jeff Finger; G Jose Theodore.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Summer Splash – Rebuilt forward core may finally give star Rick Nash some support.
Welcome – F Kristian Huselius; F Raffi Torres; F R.J. Umberger; F Mike York; F Craig MacDonald; D Mike Commodore; D Christian Backman; D Fedor Tyutin.
So Long – F Nikholai Zherdev; F David Vyborny; F Gilbert Brule; F Dan Fritsche; D Ron Hainsey; D Dick Tarnstrom; D Duvie Westcott.
Summer Splash – Faceless team added a big dose of personality by signing uberpest Sean Avery.
Welcome – F Sean Avery; F Fabian Brunnstrom; F Landon Wilson.
So Long – F Niklas Hagman; F Antti Miettinen; F Stu Barnes; F Brad Winchester; D Mattias Norstrom; G Johan Holmqvist.
Detroit Red Wings
Summer Splash – Marian Hossa couldn’t beat the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup final with Pittsburgh, so he joined them.
Welcome – F Marian Hossa; F Ville Leino; G Ty Conklin.
So Long – F Dallas Drake; F Mark Hartigan; G Dominik Hasek.
Summer Splash – Three big deals involving a few longtime mainstays brought in Erik Cole, Gilbert Brule and Lubomir Visnovsky.
Welcome – F Erik Cole; F Gilbert Brule; D Lubomir Visnovsky; D Jason Strudwick.
So Long – F Raffi Torres; F Marty Reasoner; F Jarret Stoll; F Curtis Glencross; F Geoff Sanderson; D Joni Pitkanen; D Matt Greene.
Los Angeles Kings
Summer Splash – Named Terry Murray head coach to replace the fired Marc Crawford.
Welcome – F Jarret Stoll; F Brad Richardson; D Denis Gauthier; D Matt Greene.
So Long – F Mike Cammalleri; F Ladislav Nagy; F Scott Thornton; F Brian Willsie; D Rob Blake; D Lubomir Visnovsky; G Dan Cloutier; G J.S. Aubin.
Summer Splash – Reacquired Andrew Brunette to ease sting from departures of Pavol Demitra and Brian Rolston.
Welcome – F Andrew Brunette; F Antti Miettinen; F Owen Nolan; F Corey Locke; F Krys Kolanos; D Marek Zidlicky; D Marc-Andre Bergeron.
So Long – F Brian Rolston; F Pavol Demitra; F Todd Fedoruk; F Chris Simon; F Aaron Voros; F Matt Foy; D Keith Carney; D Sean Hill; D Petteri Nummelin.
Summer Splash – Became frontline in developing battle between NHL and fledgling KHL when forward Alex Radulov bailed on his contract to join Ufa.
Welcome – F Josh Gratton; F Ryan Jones; G Drew MacIntyre.
So Long – F Alex Radulov (?); F Brandon Bochenski; F Martin Gelinas; F Darcy Hordichuk; D Marek Zidlicky; G Chris Mason.
Summer Splash – Acquired Olli Jokinen in trade with Florida to help carry the load while youngsters develop.
Welcome – F Olli Jokinen; F Todd Fedoruk; F Brian McGrattan; D Kurt Sauer; D David Hale.
So Long – F Mike York; F Radim Vrbata; F Marcel Hossa; F Niko Kapanen; D Keith Ballard; D Nick Boynton.
San Jose Sharks
Summer Splash – Replaced longtime coach Ron Wilson with Todd McLellan and then overhauled defence corps in bid to push team over post-season hump.
Welcome – D Dan Boyle; D Rob Blake; D Brad Lukowich.
So Long – F Patrick Rissmiler; F Curtis Brown; D Brian Campbell; D Matt Carle; D Craig Rivet; D Alexei Semenov; D Sandis Ozolinsh.
St. Louis Blues
Summer Splash – Acquisition of Chris Mason more a ripple than a splash as youth movement continues in St. Louis.
Welcome – F Matt Foy; D Mike Weaver; D Andy Wozniewski; G Chris Mason.
So Long – F Jamal Mayers; C Ryan Johnson; F Mike Johnson; D Matt Walker; G Hannu Toivonen.
Summer Splash – Named Mike Gillis GM after firing Dave Nonis and then signed Pavol Demitra in revamping of forward core.
Welcome – F Pavol Demitra; F Kyle Wellwood; F Steve Bernier; F Ryan Johnson; F Darcy Hordichuk; F Jason Krog; D Rob Davison.
So Long – F Markus Naslund; F Brendan Morrison; F Trevor Linden; F Brad Isbister; F Byron Ritchie; D Mike Weaver; D Aaron Miller.