Grading the 50 Biggest Moves of the 2012 NHL Offseason

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Grading the 50 Biggest Moves of the 2012 NHL Offseason
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If only that little matter of a CBA can be resolved, the NHL’s exponentially drying portrait of prognostication based on all summer moves can finally be compared with on-ice activity.

The further one drifts from the traditional offseason months, the more it looks like the Dallas Stars are on the rise in the Pacific Division while the Phoenix Coyotes are bound to desperately howl up at them.

The former club figures to reap rewards from the front office’s productive summer studies of trade bait and unrestricted free agents. The latter could be languishing upon letting a multitude of key players escape the desert.

Those are just two teams worth grading on a series of individual transactions. The recipients of 50 new arrivals, and also a few teams trading or not bothering to renew a given player, have notably either brightened, complicated or even fogged their outlook for the coming campaign and maybe beyond.

Based on all of the trades since the Stanley Cup was clinched and all of the signings and re-signings since free agents were turned loose, the top 50 offseason transactions are chronologically recounted and evaluated.

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