KHL. Red Star Kunlun, based in Beijing, joins the Chernyshev Division, bringing the total number of KHL teams up to 29. A rumoured Swedish franchise named Swedish Crowns hasn't materialized, and now the talk is about expanding to London, England.
Sweden. Svenska Hockey Liga: Leksand come up, MODO go down. HockeyAllsvenskan: Södertälje and Västerviks IK come up; Asplöven and Sundsvall go down.
Finland. Espoo Blues have gone bankrupt, and are replaced in the Liiga by last season's Mestis champion Mikkelin Jukurit (pictured above). The Mestis still manages to expand to 13 teams by admitting a new Espoo club, Espoo United, and IPK (Iisalmen Peli-Karhut).
Switzerland. No change. The league qualification series between Biel and NLB winner Ajoie was cancelled after Ajoie failed to file the necessary paperwork. Failing to file the paperwork is a tried and true method for clubs that decide they can't afford to play in a higher league.
Germany. Hamburg Freezers are out due to financial difficulties. Fischtown Pinguins of Bremerhaven take over Hamburg's license.
Czech Republic. No change.
Slovakia. Early in the 2015-16 season HK 36 HANT Skalica were booted out of the league for being so awful. Nové Zámky, who played in the Hungarian MOL Liga a couple of years ago, take their place.
Austria. No change in the top-tier Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. The second-tier Inter-National League, which most recently contained six Austrian and three Slovenian clubs, is replaced by the Alps Hockey League, with seven Austrian, eight Italian, and one Slovenian club.
Norway. No change.