There is nothing more arbitrary than assigning letter grades to the various offseason moves of an NHL franchise. And yet, here I am, ready to feed the insatiable need for August hockey speculation and rankings.
It's my way, as a fan, of imagining myself wearing long black robes, judging the merits of the front office's case and eventually sentencing Dan Snyder to a life of exile (everything's his fault, somehow). I like to imagine George McPhee running into Ted Leonsis' office with tears streaming down his face while clutching the "D-MINUS" rating that I assigned to a fourth-line player that he picked up off of the waivers in July. I can dream, can't I?
The Caps certainly have made plenty of movements to grade, although the season opener is still at least 14 months away, thanks to Gary Bettman's negotiating tactics (You don't like a 24 percent pay cut? MAKE IT 30 PERCENT! AND EVERYONE HAS TO WORK ON CHRISTMAS!). So let's take a look at some of the biggest ones and pass sweeping judgements on them. I preemptively grade this slideshow an A+!