Stock Up, Stock Down for NHL Teams After First Week of Free Agency

July 7th, 2016 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »
At the heart of this piece is a simple question: Is [insert team here] as currently constructed better than it was at the end of last season?

For the purposes of this piece, we aren't worried about the salary cap, asset management or grading teams on a curve based on their unique individual circumstances. Rather, what we want to know is whether the roster has improved. 

In the case of each team under consideration, we've divided the slide into three categories. The first looks at new additions and runs them down, while the second does the same for recent departures. Finally, we add a "bottom-line" analysis that summarizes the change in the team over the course of the offseason. 

There is one caveat to much of what follows: The summer isn't done yet. There are several situations around the league that may require a trade to resolve, and the collection of unsigned unrestricted free agents still holds some substantial talent. So rather than considering this a final mark, it's probably best to regard the following as an "in-progress" grade. 

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