Before getting into the start of free agency and the big deals that came with it, we'll first take a look at the trades that were executed this offseason, starting with the long-rumored deal that sent Olive Ekman-Larsson from Arizona to Vancouver. The departure of Ekman-Larsson, and his massive $8.25 million cap hit, had been swirling on trade winds for over a year, but it was the inclusion of 25-year-old Connor Garland that caught many by surprise. The Massachesutts born winger has tallied 39 points in each of his last two seasons and should be capable of eclipsing the 50-point threshold with a full 82-game campaign. Garland will almost certainly find himself in a top-six role with the Canucks which means he figures to be centered by either Elias Pettersson or Bo Horvat, linemates that will only further bolster his fantasy value. On the flip side, Ekman-Larsson could see his value take a hit, as blue-line sensation Quinn Hughes won't be conceding his spot on Vancouver's No. 1 power-play unit any time soon.
After a few rebuilding seasons, it seems the Blackhawks decided to make another run at a Stanley Cup during the Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews era with a pair of huge trade acquisitions. First, Chicago brought in defenseman Seth Jones, who then signed an eight-year, $76 million contract. It wasn't a cheap move for the Hawks as they had to lose up-and-coming blueliner Adam Boqvist in the deal as well as a number of high-value