8 Best Moves of the 2019 NHL Offseason So Far

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - APRIL 10: P.K. Subban #76 of the Nashville Predators skates to his bench after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period of a 3-2 Stars victory in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 10, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Dallas Stars v Nashville Predators - Game One | Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

The 2019 NHL offseason is in full swing and we've already seen some moves that will seriously shake up the league. While certain teams have made rather meaningless moves, others have made deals that will drastically change the face of their franchise. These eight moves are the best we've seen in the NHL offseason so far.

8. New Jersey Devils Sign Wayne Simmonds

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 12:   Wayne Simmonds #17 of the Nashville Predators looks on during the pre-skate ahead of a game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on March 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)
Nashville Predators v Anaheim Ducks | Katharine Lotze/Getty Images

In one of their best offseasons in recent history, the New Jersey Devils finally added some grit to their lineup. The acquisition of Wayne Simmonds on a one-year, $5 million deal is perfect for both the Devils and the 30 year-old forward. After splitting time between the Flyers and Predators last season, Simmonds will get a fresh start with one of the emerging threats out of the Eastern Conference.

7. Dallas Stars Sign Joe Pavelski

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - MAY 11: Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates after scoring a goal on Jordan Binnington #50 of the St. Louis Blues during the first period in Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on May 11, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
St Louis Blues v San Jose Sharks - Game One | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

After 13 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Joe Pavelski will head to the Dallas Stars on a three-year, $21 million deal. Although they are loaded with offensive talent, this is a great move for the Stars. Not only do they add another terrific leader to their group, but they also get one of the best net-front presences in the league. Pavelski should be a great fit in Dallas.

6. Arizona Coyotes Trade for Phil Kessel

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 11:  Phil Kessel #81 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Max Domi #16 of the Arizona Coyotes battle for the puck during the third period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on February 11, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Penguins v Arizona Coyotes | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The deal between the Penguins and Coyotes that sent Phil Kessel to Arizona was actually a great move for both sides. In return, the Penguins received Alex Galchenyuk along with some smaller pieces. Kessel and Galchenyuk are both excellent offensive talents and will provide a scoring touch for their new respective teams. Although Kessel was obviously the biggest name in the trade, the move actually pays off well for the Penguins as well.

5. Maple Leafs Trade for Tyson Barrie

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 21:  Tyson Barrie #4 of the Colorado Avalanche and Jake Gardiner #51 of the Toronto Maple Leafs vie for control of the puck at Pepsi Center on December 21, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Toronto Maple Leafs v Colorado Avalanche | Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

The Toronto Maple Leafs struck gold in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche. Along with dumping the radical behavior of Nazem Kadri, the Leafs also acquired a top-four defenseman in Tyson Barrie. Although the deal wasn't exactly a loss for the Avs, Toronto certainly got the better end of it by acquiring Barrie along with Alexander Kerfoot. With the Mitch Marner situation still ongoing in Toronto, this was a great move by Leafs' GM Kyle Dubas.

4. Chicago Blackhawks Sign Robin Lehner

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Robin Lehner #40 of the New York Islanders prepares to play against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 28, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Hurricanes defeated the Islanders 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Carolina Hurricanes v New York Islanders - Game Two | Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

This is probably one of the most underrated moves of the NHL offseason so far. After a terrific year with the New York Islanders, Vezina trophy finalist Robin Lehner was signed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks worth $5 million. With the Blackhawks coming off a mediocre year and in need of a new starting goaltender, acquiring Lehner was a steal. If we see the same Lehner next year, Chicago will be in good hands.

3. New York Rangers Sign Artemi Panarin

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 27:   Artemi Panarin #9 of the Columbus Blue Jackets reacts after scoring in the second period in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Boston Bruins during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 27, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Columbus Blue Jackets v Boston Bruins - Game Two | Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

For awhile, it seemed as though the Islanders were the favorites to sign Artemi Panarin. However, with a deal spanning seven years worth $81.5 million, the Rangers were able to snag the "Breadman". Getting Panarin will not only change the face of the Rangers' offense, but their franchise as a whole. Although they had to shell out a lot of money to get him, the Rangers bringing Panarin to New York is huge for their rebuild.

2. Florida Panthers Sign Sergei Bobrovsky

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 30:  Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets follows the puck while playing against the Boston Bruins in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 30, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Boston 2-1. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Boston Bruins v Columbus Blue Jackets - Game Three | Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Along with Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky was one of the biggest names on the board at the start of free agency. After signing a seven-year, $70 million deal with the Panthers, Bobrovsky has found a new home in Florida. With the acquisition of a two-time Vezina Trophy winner, the Panthers could make a serious run in next year's playoffs and are an emerging favorite to win the Eastern Conference.

1. New Jersey Devils Trade for PK Subban

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 25: P.K. Subban #76 of the Nashville Predators skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 25, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Nashville Predators v New Jersey Devils | Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

In one of the first and biggest moves of the 2019 NHL offseason, the Devils traded for All-Star defenseman PK Subban. All in all, New Jersey didn't even have to deal too much to get Subban in a Devils jersey. The Devils are going to look much different heading into the 2019-2020 season and adding Subban to their blue line is easily the biggest change. So far, the Devils have clearly won the 2019 NHL offseason.