To top of the list we have the New Jersey Devils.
While every other team in the league was involved in the free agency period and tried their best to meet their teams needs, the New Jersey Devils were the team that was most actively involved so far this offseason.
To start it all off the Devils began by reacquiring Jason Arnott in a trade with the Nashville Predators. This was a move that happened relatively early but can prove to be crucial come the beginning of the season.
Once free agency started, the Devils went out straight away to meet their pressing defensive needs by signing Henrik Tallinder and the shot-blocking machine, Anton Volchenkov.
Tallinder and Volchekov are two very solid and effective defensive defensemen that will fit into the New Jersey Devils defensive-minded system. Volchenkov alone has the ability to turn a teams defense around on his own. While these are some very important signings, they pale in comparison to the potential signing of Ilya Kovalchuk.
Even though the deal was rejected by the league, Kovalchuk has shown that he wants to stay in New Jersey for the rest of his career. I believe that even if this deal does not go through, he and the Devils will come to terms on a new deal that will see Kovalchuk remain with the Devils.
The signing of Ilya Kovalchuk alone has the ability to turn the fate of any team for the better. The fact that he has now expressed a desire to play for the Devils instantly makes them the biggest winners of the offseason.