After spending several years in the NHL's front office as a league vice president, Shanahan was handed the daunting task of being the NHL's new head of discipline. He's already made an impact during the preseason with player suspension rulings and has received positive reviews from fans for posting videos online explaining his decisions.
That looks weird
As fans get ready for the season to start, they will once again have to get used to seeing some familiar players wearing not-so-familiar uniforms. Here are some of the biggest switches this season.
After spending three seasons in the KHL, Jagr announced he would come back to the NHL. The news sparked a bidding war for the veteran's talent, including a serious offer from the Penguins -- a team he spent 11 seasons with. Jagr eventually signed a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Flyers, breaking the hearts of Pens fans.
Richards spent six seasons with the Flyers and was even named their captain in 2008, a year after signing a 12-year extension with the team. So news that the center was traded in late-June to the Kings came as a surprise. "At first I was shocked, and then excited," Richards told the media. "I’m excited to go out to LA and be a part of a team that has a ton of great players."
In November 2010, Carter signed an 11-year contract extension with the Flyers. But on the same day the Flyers traded captain Mike Richards to the Kings, they made another shocking move by shipping Carter to Columbus for a player and two picks. The move came a year before Carter's no-trade clause would've kicked in.
After spending all 12 of his NHL seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Kaberle was traded to the Bruins in February and helped the team win the Stanley Cup. But he didn't stay, instead signing a three-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes in the offseason.
After spending 10 years with the Flyers, Gagne moved on last season to play with the Lightning -- but the move was short-lived. Gagne, who became an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with the Kings.
The Panthers were busy in the offseason, adding 10 significant players to their roster through signings and trades. Six players inked deals with the team on the first day of free agency -- Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann, Sean Bergenheim, Marcel Goc, Ed Jovanovski and Jose Theodore -- with Matt Bradley signing a contract two days later. The new contracts came after the Panthers orchestrated trades to add Kris Versteeg, Tomas Kopecky, and Brian Campbell (pictured) to the team.
Talbot spent his entire six-year NHL career with the Pens, including an inspired performance in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final to bring the Cup back to Pittsburgh. But during the offseason, Talbot and the team couldn't agree to a new contract. Instead, he signed a five-year, $8.75 million deal with the in-state rival Flyers.
Giguere spent two seasons with the Maple Leafs, but the past year was marred by a lingering groin injury. With James Reimer taking over the starting spot in Toronto, Giguere instead signed a two-year contract to backstop the Avalanche.
After spending six years with the Wild, Burns was traded to the San Jose Sharks as part of a deal before the NHL draft in June. Two months later, the 2011 All-Star signed a five-year, $28.8 million contract extension with the Sharks, adding to the year he had left on his existing contract.
In early June, the Coyotes traded Bryzgalov's negotiation rights to the Flyers and on June 23, he agreed to a nine-year, $51 million deal with the team. That same day, the team traded two of its big-name players -- Mike Richards and Jeff Carter -- to make room for his contract.
Smyth was the sixth overall draft pick in 1994 and spent 12 seasons with Edmonton before stints with the Islanders, Avalanche and Kings. In the offseason, he reportedly told the Kings that he would like to play the last year of his contract with the Oilers and on June 26, the Kings traded him to Edmonton for a player and a future pick.
Richards was the biggest free agent of the offseason, picking up offers from several potential Cup contenders. But the now former Dallas Star signed a nine-year, $60 million deal with the Rangers shortly after the free agency market opened.
The winger has spent most of his 18-year career playing for the Dallas Stars or New Jersey Devils, picking up two Cup championships along the way. But in the offseason, the Minnesota native decided to try something new by signing a one-year deal with the St. Louis Blues.
Arnott was the seventh overall draft pick in 1993 and immediately began to play for the Oilers. He's also spent several seasons with the Devils, Stars, and Predators. But after only one season with the Capitals, Arnott decided to move on and signed a free agent deal with the St. Louis Blues.