The World Series of Hockey has come a long way since it first began.
The NHL’s popularity and the expansion of the NHL All-Star Game has provided a boost to the sport, and the league has seen a rise in ratings.
With the NHL in its seventh season, and with the season now underway, the game has been transformed in so many ways.
In this installment of the “Wrap Up” segment, we take a look at what’s changed for the game in the past year.
A Look Back: The Biggest Changes to the NHL’s Franchise for the 2015-16 Season, Part 2In January 2015, the NHL and the National Hockey League Players’ Association agreed on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement.
The deal was designed to improve the players’ bargaining power and help the NHL reach the goal of parity.
But the negotiations did not go smoothly, and by the end of March, it was clear that the players were not getting their wish.
By then, the 2016-17 season was already in the books.
And for some players, it appeared the end was nigh.
After being the NHL leader for five years in a row, the New York Rangers finished last in the Metropolitan Division.
The team also lost its spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009-10.
The Rangers were eliminated in the first round by the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.
The New York Islanders finished second to last in both the Metropolitan and Metropolitan Division and were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games.
With just one more game remaining, the Rangers lost their first-round series to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The series would go on to be won by the Bruins.
With a record of 16-10-4, the season was still young, but the season wasn’t over yet.
The New York Yankees would go to the World Cup in July, and they would face the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Baseball Classic.
The Toronto Blue Sox finished third to last to finish with the worst record in the American League, but they would win the American Association Division Series by a two-games-to-one margin.
The Yankees would then beat the Kansas City Royals in the National League Championship Series, but were swept in the last game.
With their team’s fortunes in flux, the Boston Bruins moved up to the second wild-card spot.
In a move that could have made it easier for the Bruins to land the franchise’s first World Series champion since the 1920s, the team traded away two players from the organization.
In July, the Buffalo Sabres signed winger Brian Gionta, who had two goals and six assists in 19 games in the regular season.
In November, the Los Angeles Kings traded for defenseman Joffrey Lupul and forward Ryan Carter, both of whom have scored at least 20 goals in each of the past two seasons.
The team signed forward Travis Zajac, who has one goal and five assists in 11 games.
In January, the Philadelphia Flyers signed winger Jakub Voracek, who was the NHL Player of the Month for October, and signed center Matt Read, who is coming off a career-best season with 23 goals and 43 points in 61 games.
The Flyers were eliminated from playoff contention in the Eastern Conference final.
In March, the Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Conor Sheary, who played a role in Pittsburgh winning the Stanley, Stanley Cup, and Conn Smythe Memorial Cups.
In April, the Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Alex Ovechkin, who scored the game-winning goal in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.
In May, the St. Louis Blues signed defenseman David Backes, who helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley.
In June, the Anaheim Ducks signed forward Mikko Koivu, who spent time with the Detroit Red Wings, New York Ranger, New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, and Florida Panthers during the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.
In July, Pittsburgh signed defenseman Jakub Zhukov, who contributed four goals and four assists in 20 games.
On March 15, the Minnesota Wild signed forward Zach Parise, who added five goals and 12 assists in 23 games.
On March 20, the Toronto Marlies signed defenseman Travis Dermott, who led the Maple Leafs in scoring with 28 points in 38 games.
In May, Washington signed defenseman Connor McDavid, who put up 19 points in 33 games.
By the end (May) of the season, the Chicago Wolves had won 10 games and were sitting on the playoff bubble.
The Wild were eliminated after being swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 7 of the first- round.
With three games left in the season and two games to play in the Western conference finals, the Wild and their captain, Mikko Koskinen, made the playoffs.
With a record and playoff record of 10-4-1, the teams tied for the Wild’s best record in its history.
The Chicago Blackhawks made the postseason in five of the last six seasons