With the Detroit Red Wings offseason lacking the punch that many felt Red Wings GM Ken Holland needed to bring this team back into Stanley Cup contention (failing to sign Ryan Suter/Zach Parise among others), the Red Wings don't appear to be in any better position than last season.
But on second glance, the depth signings that Ken Holland has made have kept the Red Wings in the playoff picture.
While the Red Wings are no longer perennial President's Trophy candidates (after the retirement of long-time captain Nick Lidstrom, as well as Hudler's and Stuart's departures), the Los Angeles Kings are a clear example of the fact that the Red Wings don't need to win the President's Trophy to make waves in the playoffs.
While Holland has been put down for failing to acquire a top-tier free agent this offseason, he does deserve credit for procuring players that he has needed to sign to keep this team in the playoff race.
Here are the grades for each move that Holland has made this offseason.