Ranking the Biggest Surprises in the 2014 NHL Offseason So Far

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Ranking the Biggest Surprises in the 2014 NHL Offseason So Far
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The Los Angeles Kings hoisted the Stanley Cup on June 14. Since then, it seems like the action has barely stopped around the NHL.

For the past month, fans have been served a steady diet of awards, coaching changes, trades, compliance buyouts, draft picks and free-agent signings all around the league.

Despite the volume of activity, much has gone as expected. Jason Spezza and Ryan Kesler each have new homes. The top picks from the draft hewed closely to their rankings. Compliance buyouts were used on hockey's most prominent underachievers.

Every so often, though, a TV or Twitter headline jumped out with something unexpected that required a bit of digging to fully understand.

Here's a look at the biggest surprises we've seen so far in the 2014 offseason.

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