Offseason Splashes: NHL Central, Avs Stockpiled Talent

October 4, 2014 7:09 PM

Offseason Splashes: NHL Central, Avs Stockpiled Talent
" (AP) – The NHL’s Central Division was the center of attention during a free-wheeling, big-spending scramble for talent this offseason.

Six of the division’s seven teams kept busy in a bid to dethrone the defending Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings – or maybe just to keep up with the pack.

Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche controls the puck against the defense of Johnny Oduya #27 of the Chicago Blackhawks at Pepsi Center on March 12, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The moves were a hot topic of discussion among players including Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane during a recent hockey camp in Vail, recalled Avalanche forward Matt Duchene.

“We talked about how it was an arms race in our division,” Duchene said. “If anything, it’s about how strong our division is, and how much it loaded up.”

And that’s not even counting the Blackhawks, who added free-agent forward Brad Richards and signed Kane and captain Jonathan Toews to matching eight-year, $84 million contract extensions.

Here’s a look at a number of the major signings and trades that occurred this offseason:

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