How the free agency, summer deals and off-season changes have re-shaped the Pacific Division.

By Allan Muir
July 09, 2016

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Less than a month into the off-season and already the landscape has changed in the NHL. The draft, free agency and a couple of franchise-altering trades have shifted the balance of power, setting up some teams to take the next step in 2016-17... and others to drop into the abyss.

Today we take a look at where each team stands in the Metropolitan Division. Here are our takes on the Atlantic, Metropolitan and Central

• Free agent signings tracker

<div class="col rank">1</div> <div class="col info"> <div class="thumb"><img alt="" src=""></div> <div class="name"> <div class="team-name">anaheim ducks</div> </div> <div class="updown"> <div class="arrow down"> </div> </div> <div class="position">2015-16: 46-25-11</div> <div class="blurb"> </div> <div class="blurb"> <strong>In:</strong> Jonathan Bernier, Jared Boll, Jeff Schultz, Mason Raymond, coach Randy Carlyle</div> <div class="blurb"> </div> <div class="blurb"> <strong>Out:</strong> Frederik Andersen, Jamie McGinn, David Perron, Brandon Pirri, Shawn Horcoff, Chris Stewart, Anton Khudobin</div> <div class="blurb"> </div> <div class="blurb">It's been a curious off-season in Anaheim. Lingering trade rumors, a controversial coaching change and a purge of talent up front leave the win-now Ducks scrambling just to tread water.</div> <div class="blurb"> </div> <div class="blurb">The decision to let go of one-third of the forward corps was inevitable. GM Bob Murray needed the cash to re-up on several of his top young players, including Sami Vatanen (done) and Rickard Rakell and Hampus Lindholm (pending). Smart move, but it meant steering clear of the big names in free agency and shopping off the post-July 1 sale rack instead. Raymond isn't the answer to the Ducks' needs at left wing, but he'll contribute. The 30-year-old played well under Carlyle in Toronto back in 2013-14, potting 19 goals and 45 assists. Anaheim would be happy with similar production here. Boll is a rough-and-tumble winger who seems like a decent fit for a fourth-line role.</div> <div class="blurb"> </div> <div class="blurb">Moving Andersen netted a first and a second rounder—a solid return considering the market—and paved the way for the deal that brought in Bernier to back up John Gibson. It hurts the team short term, but it's solid asset management over the long run.</div> <div class="blurb"> </div> <div class="blurb">• <a href="" target="_blank">Anaheim Ducks fill hole by acquiring Jonathan Bernier from Toronto</a> </div> <div class="blurb"> </div> <div class="blurb">Hiring Carlyle to replace Bruce Boudreau remains controversial. Although he guided the Ducks to their 2007 Stanley Cup win, his last coaching stint in Toronto was a disaster marked by epic playoff failure and brutal puck possession numbers. Maybe he can push the right buttons, but Carlyle's X's and O's are a concern heading into the season.</div> <div class="blurb"> </div> </div>

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