Well here we are in the dog days of August and naturally my thoughts turn to hockey! Here are one fan's take on the top five winners and losers this offseason so far. Winners: 1. Philadelphia; 2. Pittsburgh; 3. Colorado; 4. New York Rangers; 5. Anaheim. Losers: 1. Edmonton; 2. Montreal; 3. Buffalo; 4. New Jersey; 5. New York Islanders. Lets start with the winners. The Philadelphia Flyers, coming off their worst season ever, started righting the ship late last season with additions of Scottie Upshall, Martin Biron, Braydon Coburn and Lasse Kukkonen. Add to that the additions of Timonen, Hartnell, Briere and Jason Smith and you have a team with the potential to improve 50 points in the standings. The only key loss is Joni Pitkanen, and if anyone saw him play in his own end last year, its not much of a loss. The Pittsburgh Penguins have also done a fabulous job this offseason. They have lost no key players, locked up Crosby and left room to still sign other key young players in the future and brought in some quality players such as Petr Sykora (who may score 50 goals if he plays with Sid the Kid) and Darryl Sydor who adds much needed experience to the defense. The Colorado Avalanche manage to bring in Ryan Smyth and Scott Hannan, while not losing any key players. Better yet, they still have room under the cap to add someone like Peter Forsberg during the season. No doubt, the Avs will be back in the playoffs. The New York Rangers upgraded themselves significantly at center by replacing Nylander and Cullen with Drury and Gomez. They also managed to bring back some grit by resigning Shanahan and Avery. Their defense is a little green and certainly there are questions about the Rangers depth at forward, but if Jagr stays healthy and motivated and they can somehow find the cap room to add one good defenseman during the season, this team will be a cup contender. Finally we come to the last of our winners, the Anaheim Ducks. Yes they have lost Scott Niedermayer, Dustin penner and most likely Teemu Selanne, but they locked up Giguere and signed Matthieu Schneider who will at least replace Niedermayers offense and puck moving ability. Up front, Bobby Ryan should come in and give this team at least what they got from Penner and they still have cap room if they can convince Selanne to come back. Now a look at the losers. The Edmonton Oilers may get some more offense from their D with the additions of Pitkanen and Sheldon Souray, but those guys will give up as many goals as they score. For a team still reeling from the loss of Ryan Smyth, losing Jason Smith certainly won't improve locker room morale and the addition of Dustin Penner won't make up for the loss of Sykora and Lupul. Can you say last place? The Montreal Canadiens, already having lost Craig Rivet during the season, now lose Sheldon Souray. Yes they added Roman Hamrlik, but their defense is still thin and their powerplay, which provided much of their offense, will suffer. The Habs will also have big questions in goal if Huet goes down. The strength of the Buffalo Sabres the last two years has been their fantastic depth at forward. Now with the loss of Drury, Briere, and Zubrus, that is no longer the case. They are really rolling the dice if they are counting on a major contribution from Tim Connolly to replace any of the above. Their defense remains thin as far as depth goes, but they have upgraded at back up goalie and at least locked up Vanek and Roy. The New Jersey Devils will miss Scott Rafalski a lot more than many people think. If injury prone Richard Matvichuk goes down, their D will be lacking in experience and they already lack a proven powerplay QB. The loss of Gomez won't be as critical, but they certainly will struggle to score as many goals as they did last year and lets face it, while he is still awesome, Marty Brodeur is not getting any younger and while Weekes will play a few more games than most recent Devil backups, he will not give the Devils the goaltending they need to win games. Lastly, the New York Islanders are going to need a monster season from Rick Dipietro and the coaching job of a lifetime from Ted Nolan to have any prayer of returning to the playoffs. Not resigning Smyth was a major loss and when you add that to the loss of Jason Blake, Yashin, Kozlov and Sean Hill, you are left with a team in trouble. Bill Guerin is not going to have a lot of fun captaining this team and the Isles will struggle to score goals. Anyhow thats one fan's opinion, let me know what you think.