A grand total of 114 players have changed uniforms via free agency or trades since July 1. Superstars, role players and minor leaguers alike have willingly and unwillingly moved to different teams to begin new chapters in their careers. Though much of the focus from fans and media has been on these players, it's just as important to consider the ones that stayed put.
Here's a look at the players most likely to benefit from their team's off-season additions.
Marian Gaborik — New York Rangers
When Gaborik is healthy, he's one of the league's most prolific scorers. Since 2005, Gaborik has scored 187 goals in 345 games, which translates into more than one goal every second game during those six seasons.
Over that same span, he's also averaged nine power-play goals and five game-winners per season. That's not bad for a guy that has never played with anyone who totaled more than 50 assists. But all that is about to change.
The New York Rangers inked the best free agent this summer and one of the league's best playmakers. Over his 10-year career with Tampa Bay and Dallas, Brad Richards has actually averaged exactly 50 assists per season. He's exceeded that plateau four times and reached a career-high 67 assists and 91 points in 2009-10 with the Stars.
With the pure scoring ability of Gaborik paired with the vision and precise passing of Richards, it's easy to imagine new heights and exciting hockey in New York.
Rick Nash and R.J. Umberger — Columbus Blue Jackets
Nash is already a bona fide sniper. This we know. It seems like no matter who the all-star plays with or against, he's going to get his 30 or more goals for Columbus.
But what Nash has never had is another superstar that can not only share the load, but also draw in the opposition's top defenders. Until now.
The Blue Jackets acquired centre Jeff Carter in late June from Philadelphia for a pair of draft picks and Jakub Voracek. Carter brings with him to the Western Conference an average of 36 goals, 10 power-play goals and seven game-winning goals over the past four years.
Last season, Carter had 36 goals and 66 points in 80 games to go along with eight power-play goals, seven game-winners, a plus-27 rating and the league's third-highest shot total at 335. An added bonus for Columbus is Carter's experience playing alongside winger Umberger. The pair began their careers with the Flyers in 2005 after winning the Calder Cup with the AHL affiliate Phantoms.
Joe Pavelski — San Jose Sharks
Despite the fact that Pavelski has been on the Sharks for four-and-a-half seasons now, he hasn't necessarily been a regular season go-to guy on the team.
With the recent departures of Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi, that fact may have just changed. In all likelihood, "Little Joe" may get a steady shot to play alongside one or both of Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton.
At worst, he'll be on a line with Ryane Clowe, Logan Couture and/or the newly acquired Martin Havlat.
Either way, Pavelski is sure to be surrounded by world-class players the entire season, possibly on the wing.
Last season, he posted a career-high 11 power-play goals, 28 power-play points, 46 assists and 66 points. Expect those numbers to continue to improve as he establishes himself as a top-tier regular season scorer.
Stephen Weiss and David Booth — Florida Panthers
By the end of the 2010-11 season, the Florida Panthers could have been mistaken for an AHL team. Their leading scorers were as follows: Stephen Weiss (49 points), Mike Santorelli (41), David Booth (40), Marty Reasoner (32), Dmitry Kulikov (26) and Jason Garrison (18).
After the Panthers finished last in the Eastern Conference, GM Dale Tallon gave his team a much-needed facelift this summer. Tallon's key acquisitions included the likes of Tomas Fleischmann, Scottie Upshall and former Blackhawks Tomas Kopecky, Brian Campbell and Kris Versteeg.
Whether the Panthers give their fans what they want and make the playoffs for the first time since the 1999-2000 season remains to be seen, but what is certain is that forwards Weiss and Booth will have decent players to skate with again.
Following back-to-back seasons with 60 points or more, Weiss's numbers fell slightly last season to 21 goals and 49 points, including just three power-play markers. Booth's numbers also improved every year during his first three seasons, culminating in a 31-goal, 60-point campaign in 2008-09. Then in the 2009-10 season, he took a devastating hit to the head by Mike Richards, which forced him to miss most of the year.
Last season Booth rebounded with 23 goals, but managed just 40 points total. Former 20-goal men Versteeg and Fleischmann, slick-passing defenceman Campbell, and Kopecky, who's coming off a career-high 42 points, should improve Florida's offence and potentially bring the team back to respectability.
Ryan Whitney — Edmonton Oilers
Many things have changed since Whitney last suited up for Edmonton.
He played just 35 games in 2010-11, scoring 27 points, and the last game came way back on December 28 when he suffered a season-ending ankle injury.
At the time, the Oilers were an inexperienced team with seemingly more rookies than veterans, especially once Dustin Penner was traded to the Kings.
But the off-season additions of Ryan Smyth, Eric Belanger and Cam Barker will definitely go a long way to help Whitney, Ales Hemsky and the Oilers' offence.
More importantly, though, youngsters Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi have a full NHL season under their belts now.
In his first three seasons in the league, Whitney tallied 137 points in 225 games for Pittsburgh with more than half those points (71) coming as a set-up man on the power-play point.
With some added depth and experience around him, it's time for Whitney to return to his old form from his days in Pittsburgh, while staying healthy.