NHL Teams That Will Be Most Affected by Retirements in 2014-15

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NHL Teams That Will Be Most Affected by Retirements in 2014-15
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Every year there's at least one retirement of significant impact, whether it's Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom in 2012, Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff last year, or Anaheim's Teemu Selanne right now.

Usually the impact of a player's retirement is far subtler than that of those three, but the loss of a key ingredient can have a meaningful impact on a team's fortunes. Which teams should be most concerned going into next season?

To answer that, I looked at all the retirements, both real and rumored, and speculated on each player's replacements. As usual, I used analytics to evaluate which teams would suffer the greatest potential overall impact.

Given how many retirements can occur midseason, much like those of Roman Hamrlik and Martin Biron in New York last year or Vaclav Prospal and Adrian Aucoin in Columbus, there can be a fair deal of speculation at play when figuring out which team will be affected the most.  

In the end, I've identified 10 teams that have known or potential retirements that could affect the upcoming season. Let's begin!


All advanced statistics are via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted.


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