Detroit Red Wings: Quarter Grades for Free-Agent Acquisitions

November 17th, 2009 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
First off, in case you missed it, the Detroit Red Wings lost a couple of players over the summer.

With over 80 goals and a solid backup net minder leaving the Motor City, and slightly more than $3 million in cap space available to replace them, the Detroit Red Wings waited out most of the summer looking for "close-out deals."

Such deals are typically exemplified by slightly-damaged, irregular, or older model products being sold at a huge discount.

Purchasing any items of this kind is always a risk.

Sometimes, you get what you pay for, which is next to nothing.

Other times, you get a lot of value for your money.

On very rare occasions, you get something that was improperly priced, a true treasure sold as trash.

As we're about near the quarter mark of the season for the Red Wings (Detroit has played 18 games), there is ample evidence to question and grade the players Detroit picked from the bargain bin.

The grading will be based on three criteria: effort, effectiveness, and value.

As each player was brought in for a specific purpose, those expectations will be noted and the ...

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