Grading Every NHL Team's Offseason So Far

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJuly 11, 2013

Grading Every NHL Team's Offseason So Far

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    As the free-agent frenzy winds down and rosters for next season begin to take shape, it's now time to hand out grades for all 30 NHL teams.

    With most of the top free agents already signed, the new challenge for general managers is to find the bargain deals that will add valuable depth to their rosters.

    Last year, Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman signed veteran defenseman Michal Rozsival, which at the time didn't receive much fanfare. This inexpensive signing turned into a brilliant move because Rozsival played a key role in Chicago's Stanley Cup title last season, and it's these kinds of depth signings that GMs will be looking for over the next few weeks.

    Let's take a look at the offseason performance of every team so far.

     

    Note: All signings and trade information via TSN. Salary cap info via CapGeek.

Anaheim Ducks: B+

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Jakob Silfverberg (Trade)

    Saku Koivu (UFA)

    Ben Lovejoy (UFA)

     

    Notable Losses

    Bobby Ryan (trade)

     

    The Anaheim Ducks finally traded Bobby Ryan and did so in a way that doesn't weaken their offense and also frees up salary cap space. Silfverberg is a highly-skilled winger who should fit in to the team's top line with superstars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry very nicely. He has the talent to score 30-plus goals consistently in head coach Bruce Boudreau's offensive style of play.

    If the Ducks are able to re-sign veteran winger Teemu Selanne, their grade will rise to an "A."

Boston Bruins: A

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Loui Erikssonm, RW (Trade)

    Jarome Iginla, RW (UFA)

    Tuukka Rask, G (RFA)

     

    Notable Losses

    Tyler Seguin, C (Trade)

    Rich Peverley, C (Trade)

    Anton Khudobin, G (UFA)

    Jaromir Jagr, RW (UFA)

    Nathan Horton, RW (UFA)

    Andrew Ference, D (UFA)

     

    Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is typically conservative, but that hasn't been the case since his team was defeated in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. He traded former No. 2 overall pick Tyler Seguin in a deal that netted Boston a two-way, top-six forward in Loui Eriksson. The deal was essentially a swap of potential (Seguin) for consistency and a better fit in the team's system (Eriksson).

    The other notable moves included the signing of Jarome Iginla, who snubbed the Bruins at the trade deadline. He adds some much-needed grit, goal scoring and power-play skill to the wings.

    Chiarelli also re-signed star goaltender Tuukka Rask to an eight-year deal worth $56 million, making him the highest-paid goalie along with Nashville's Pekka Rinne.

    Overall, it's been a great offseason for the Bruins, who added depth, skill and players who excel in the team's style of play.

Buffalo Sabres: D+

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Jamie McBain, D (Trade)

     

    Notable Losses

    Andrej Sekera, D (Trade)

     

    It's been a quiet offseason for the Buffalo Sabres, a team that could easily finish last in its new division next season. Buffalo hasn't traded any veterans (Thomas Vanek or Ryan Miller, for example) to further its rebuild and the team has yet to make any sort of splash in free agency.

    It's difficult to figure out what the long-term plan is in Buffalo.

Calgary Flames: B

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Sean Monahan, C (Draft)

    Brian McGrattan, RW (UFA)

    David Jones, RW (Trade)

    T.J. Galiardi, LW (Trade)

     

    Notable Losses

    Alex Tanguay, LW (Trade)

    Corey Sarich, D (Trade)

     

    The Flames made a great and safe pick at the NHL Draft with the selection of Sean Monahan, whose ceiling is Jonathan Toews. The team also added some scoring and depth by acquiring David Jones and T.J. Galiardi through trades.

    Calgary has wisely stayed away from big-name free agents this summer, which will allow the team's rebuild to proceed without interruption and help maintain its salary cap flexibility.

Carolina Hurricanes: B+

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Elias Lindholm, C (Draft)

    Anton Khudobin, G (UFA)

    Mike Komisarek, D (UFA)

    Andrej Sekera, D (Trade)

     

    Notable Losses

    Jamie McBain, D (Trade)

     

    Without a lot of salary cap space, Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford needed to find a few bargains in the free-agent market to improve an already talented roster.

    He was able to solve a huge weakness at backup goaltender by signing Anton Khudobin. He also added much-needed defensive depth and grit with the signing of Mike Komisarek. These two moves will cost the club only $1.5 million in cap space for next season.

    Carolina will likely be one of the team's battling for the last few playoff spots in the Eastern Conference next year.

Chicago Blackhawks: A-

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Michal Rozsival, D (UFA)

    Michal Handzus, C, (UFA)

    Nikolai Khabibulin, G (UFA)

    Bryan Bickell, LW (UFA)

     

    Notable Losses

    Ray Emery, G (UFA)

    Viktor Stalberg, LW (UFA)

    Michael Frolik, RW (Trade)

    Dave Bolland, C (Trade)

     

    The reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks have lost a few key pieces from their title run, but none of the departed players are irreplaceable. Re-signing veteran center Michal Handzus and defenseman Michal Rozsival were two excellent decisions by general manager Stan Bowman.

    Re-upping Bryan Bickell for four years at a total of $16 million was a bold move, but the veteran forward provides needed grit and size for the team's first line.

    In addition to these signings, Bowman also acquired several draft picks for two players (Stalberg and Bolland) who didn't have a long-term future with the club.

    Overall, it's been a fantastic offseason in Chicago.

Colorado Avalanche: C+

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Nathan MacKinnon, C, (Draft)

    Alex Tanguay, LW (Trade)

    Corey Sarich, D (Trade)

     

    Notable Losses

    David Jones, RW (Trade)

     

    Drafting Nathan MacKinnon No. 1 overall will significantly help the Avalanche's offense but the team has yet to address the lack of talent/depth on the blue line this offseason. Colorado finished 26th in GAA and 20th in penalty killing last season, but the team still hasn't acquired a top-four defenseman through the trade market or free agency.

    Colorado could have added this player at the draft by selecting defenseman Seth Jones with the top pick, but it opted for MacKinnon despite its already-impressive group of centers that includes Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly.

    The Avalanche will be a lottery team next season unless they add more defensive depth and skill to their roster.

Columbus Blue Jackets: B

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Nathan Horton, RW (UFA)

    Sergei Bobrovsky, G (RFA)

     

    Notable Losses

    None

     

    Giving Nathan Horton a seven-year deal is a bold move considering his injury history, but if he's healthy, the veteran winger will add valuable scoring, toughness and playoff experience to a young Blue Jackets squad. Re-signing Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was also a strong move for the future of this franchise.

    Columbus didn't need to make any major changes this summer, given the fact that it has many talented young players and prospects who need NHL experience to further development.

    With an impressive amount of cap space, Columbus will enter next season as a team that could take on a star at the trade deadline to bolster its chances of making the playoffs.

Dallas Stars: A+

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Tyler Seguin, C (Trade)

    Rich Peverley, C (Trade)

    Shawn Horcoff, C (Trade)

    Sergei Gonchar, D (Trade)

     

    Notable Losses

    Loui Eriksson, RW (Trade)

    Philip Larsen, D (Trade)

     

    Dallas has been one of the league's most aggressive offseason teams. It acquired Bruins star Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff to add much-needed depth and skill down the middle. If Seguin reaches his potential, he will become a 40-goal, 90-point scorer for many years.

    The acquisition of veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar will provide the team's blue line with additional scoring, power-play skill and playoff experience.

    New general manager Jim Nill has given his team a chance to win now while not sacrificing the future of his team by keeping its top prospects and best young players. Expect the Stars to compete for a playoff spot in the Western Conference next season.

Detroit Red Wings: A

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Daniel Alfredsson, RW (UFA)

    Stephen Weiss, C (UFA)

    Drew Miller, LW (UFA)

     

    Notable Losses

    Valtteri Filppula, C (UFA)

     

    The additions of veteran forwards Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson will extend the Detroit Red Wings' Stanley Cup window for another few years while the team's young prospects develop into the next generation of Hockeytown stars.

    General manager Ken Holland was able to replace Valtteri Filppula with a better center in Stephen Weiss and save cap space too, which is an example of brilliant team management. He also has enough cap space to re-sign rookies Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson, both of whom are RFAs.

    Detroit will have a deep and talented team next year, which will allow it to contend in a highly-competitive Eastern Conference.

Edmonton Oilers: A-

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Ryan Jones, RW (UFA)

    David Perron, LW (Trade)

    Andrew Ference, D (UFA)

    Boyd Gordon, C (UFA)

    Darnell Nurse, D (Draft)

     

    Notable Losses

    Nikolai Khabibulin, G (UFA)

    Shawn Horcoff, C (Trade)

    Magnus Paajarvi, LW (Trade)

     

    The Oilers strengthened their blue line with the draft pick of Darnell Nurse and the signing of UFA Andrew Ference. Both players provide defensive skill and toughness to a rapidly-improving blue line. The addition of veteran center Boyd Gordon will help Edmonton improve from its awful faceoff percentage from last season (30th in NHL).

    Acquiring left-winger David Perron from the Blues will add some size, skill and depth to an Oilers offense that has the talent to finish in the top five in scoring next season.

    Overall, the Oilers addressed two glaring weaknesses (blue line talent, faceoff skill) from last season and were able to keep its core of young stars intact. If general manager Craig MacTavish re-signs top-six center Sam Gagner, the team's offseason grade will become an "A+."

Florida Panthers: C

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Aleksander Barkov, C (Draft)

     

    Notable Losses

    Stephen Weiss, C (UFA)

     

    The Florida Panthers, to no one's surprise, have been a quiet team this summer.

    The only notable change to the team's roster was the departure of top center Stephen Weiss as a UFA. However, it's likely that the team will adequately replace him next season with No. 2 overall pick Aleksander Barkov. He's ready for the NHL right now and will bring a rare combo of size, elite skill and a high hockey IQ to the team's top-six in 2013-14.

    Florida seems content with giving its many talented young prospects a chance to earn valuable NHL experience next season, which is a smart strategy.

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Los Angeles Kings: C+

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Slava Voynov, D (RFA)

     

    Notable Losses

    Rob Scuderi, D (UFA)

     

    The Los Angeles Kings lost Rob Scuderi in free agency, but the team still has strong depth on the blue line thanks to the emergence of young stars Jake Muzzin and Slava Voynov as top-four defensemen.

    The Kings did not have any major roster holes or glaring weaknesses to address this offseason, and with young players/prospects such as forward Tyler Toffoli ready to contribute at the NHL level, there was no need for general manager Dean Lombardi to sign a high-priced veteran on the free agent market.

    As presently constructed, Los Angeles has a championship-caliber roster.

Minnesota Wild: B

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Matt Cooke, LW (UFA)

    Niklas Backstrom, G (UFA)

     

    Notable Losses

    Devin Setoguchi, RW (Trade)

    Pierre-Marc Bouchard, RW (UFA)

    Matt Cullen, C (UFA)

     

    The Minnesota Wild did not re-sign a few veteran forwards, which will make room for several of the team's highly-touted prospects (including Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund) to earn an NHL roster spot and take the next step in their development. Without much salary cap space, this was the best short-term plan for the team.

    Re-signing goaltender Niklas Backstrom, who tied for the NHL lead in wins last season, was also a smart move.

    Overall, Minnesota had a good offseason and will have a strong chance to make a second straight playoff appearance in the Western Conference next season.

Montreal Canadiens: B-

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Danny Briere, C (UFA)

     

    Notable Losses

    Michael Ryder, RW (UFA)

     

    Signing Danny Briere will be a great move if he's healthy, but the veteran forward has missed 93 games over the last five years.

    Montreal has yet to add any size or toughness to a group of forwards that lacks these qualities. One player still available who could help address this weakness is veteran winger Jaromir Jagr.

    The Canadiens have not made a major splash this summer, but it's hard to fault this strategy when you look at the amount of quality players with expiring contracts next season, including reigning Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban.

    It's also important to consider the fact that Montreal has many talented young prospects who will be able to fill any roster holes that are created by injuries or trades next year.

Nashville Predators: B

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Matt Hendricks, LW (UFA)

    Eric Nystrom, LW (UFA)

    Viktor Stalberg, LW (UFA)

    Seth Jones, D (Draft)

     

    Notable Losses

    None

     

    The Predators made some great bottom-six additions this summer by signing Hendricks and Nystrom, while also adding a second-line winger in Stalberg, but general manager David Poile has yet to find a top-tier playmaker or goal scorer for his 29th-ranked offense from last season.

    Nashville was fortunate to draft top defensive prospect Seth Jones with the fourth overall pick, but this team won't earn a playoff spot without another first-line forward. Improving the Predators' depth down the middle also needs to be a priority for Poile, whose team doesn't have an elite first or second-line center.

    One thing we can expect next season is that the Predators will be very tough to play against with an elite goaltender and a blue line that includes plenty of grit and skill. But for this franchise to return to the playoffs, it must acquire more offense.

New Jersey Devils: B+

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Ryan Clowe, LW (UFA)

    Michael Ryder, RW (UFA)

    Patrik Elias, C (UFA)

    Marek Zidlicky, D (UFA)

    Cory Schneider, G (Trade)

     

    Notable Losses

    David Clarkson, LW (UFA)

     

    The New Jersey Devils have been one of the most active teams this summer. The process started at the draft when the team acquired 26-year-old goaltender Cory Schneider from Vancouver, who is already a star and will likely take over for future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur in the near future.

    Even though losing David Clarkson was a disappointment, the Devils made up for his departure by signing veteran wingers Michael Ryder and Ryane Clowe. Both players will provide valuable scoring depth and playoff experience.

    Re-signing Marek Zidlicky was also a smart move because New Jersey's blue line needs a veteran presence to mentor and teach young defensemen such as Adam Larsson.

    Overall, the Devils did a great job improving their weaknesses from last season and finding a suitable replacement for Brodeur.

New York Islanders: B+

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Travis Hamonic, D (RFA)

    Pierre-Marc Bouchard, RW (UFA)

    Evgeni Nabokov, G (UFA)

    Cal Clutterbuck, RW (Trade)

     

    Notable Losses

    Nino Niederreiter, RW (Trade)

     

    The New York Islanders locked up rising star defenseman Travis Hamonic to a team-friendly seven-year deal and added scoring depth and grit to a young team that's expected to return to playoff action next season. In addition to its impressive offseason thus far, the Islanders also have a few elite prospects who will make NHL debuts next year, including former top-five draft picks Griffin Reinhart (defenseman) and Ryan Strome (center).

New York Rangers: B+

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Ryan McDonagh, D (RFA)

    Carl Hagelin, LW (RFA)

    Benoit Pouliot, LW (UFA)

     

    Notable Losses

    Ryane Clowe, LW (UFA)

     

    Re-signing elite defenseman Ryan McDonagh to a six-year deal worth under $5 million per season was a massive win for general manager Glen Sather, who now has more cap space to work with now and in the future. After coming to terms with McDonagh and Carl Hagelin, the last notable RFA for Sather to re-sign is top center Derek Stepan.

    In addition to these signings, the Rangers also bolstered their bottom-six scoring depth with 26-year-old winger Benoit Pouliot. He's a skilled winger with tremendous size and good speed.

    The Blueshirts have kept their most important players while maintaining enough cap flexibility to re-sign players such as Ryan Callahan and Henrik Lundqvist next summer or sooner. It's been an efficient offseason in New York so far.

Ottawa Senators: B+

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Joe Corvo, D (UFA)

    Clarke MacArthur, LW (UFA)

    Bobby Ryan, RW (Trade)

     

    Notable Losses

    Daniel Alfredsson, RW (UFA)

    Jakob Silfverberg, RW (Trade)

     

    Losing captain and face of the franchise Daniel Alfredsson was a sad moment for Senators fans, but replacing him with a younger, better and cheaper right-winger in Bobby Ryan was ultimately an upgrade for the team. Adding depth with Clarke MacArthur on the wing and offensive defenseman Joe Corvo on the blue line will also improve Ottawa for next season.

    The next challenge for general manager Bryan Murray is to find a top-four defenseman, preferably one who excels in a shutdown role. If that goal is accomplished, the Senators will contend in the Eastern Conference next season if their best players stay healthy.

Philadelphia Flyers: B-

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Vincent Lecavalier, C (UFA)

    Mark Streit, D (UFA)

    Ray Emery, G (UFA)

     

    Notable Losses

    Danny Briere, C (UFA)

     

    The Flyers spent a lot of money this summer to upgrade its scoring with the signings of top-six center Vincent Lecavalier and offensive defenseman Mark Streit.

    But the lack of a legitimate, No. 1 defenseman capable of excelling in a shutdown role against opposing teams' top forwards is still a major concern for the Flyers. Put simply, the team has yet to find a player to replace all, or even three quarters of the impact that former captain Chris Pronger made prior to his horrific injury.

    The Broad Street club's annual strategy of loading up on offense and not paying enough attention to the depth and talent needed on the blue line and between the pipes will likely result in another season of Flyers fans watching rival teams play for hockey's Holy Grail.

Phoenix Coyotes: B

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Mike Smith, G (UFA)

    Mike Ribeiro, C (UFA)

     

    Notable Losses

    Boyd Gordon, C (UFA)

     

    The Phoenix Coyotes are able to spend in free agency now that they finally have stable ownership, and the first move was to sign veteran UFA Mike Ribeiro, who will address the team's glaring weakness at center from last season.

    Ribeiro led the NHL in power-play points and assists in 2013, and he will make Phoenix a much more effective team with the man advantage next year. Ribeiro and Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett are also quite familiar with each other and enjoyed a few successful seasons together in Dallas.

    The Coyotes still need to upgrade their offensive skill and depth with another top-six forward, but the team is moving in the right direction with the signings of Ribeiro and No. 1 goalie Mike Smith.

Pittsburgh Penguins: A-

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Rob Scuderi, D (UFA)

    Pascal Dupuis, RW (UFA)

    Chris Kunitz, LW (UFA)

     

    Notable Losses

    Matt Cooke, LW (UFA)

    Jarome Iginla, RW (UFA)

     

    The Penguins were able to re-sign key parts of their team (Kunits, Dupuis) while also adding a much-needed stay-at-home defenseman in Rob Scuderi who will add toughness, defensive skill and penalty killing to the blue line.

    General manager Ray Shero also re-signed superstars Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang to eight-year deals. Both players had contracts set to expire after next season.

    Pittsburgh was able to retain its most important players and still fix a huge weakness on the blue line. Therefore, it's been a successful offseason in the Steel City so far.

San Jose Sharks: C+

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Raffi Torres, LW (UFA)

     

    Notable Losses

    Thomas Greiss, G (UFA)

     

    The Sharks have been quiet this summer with their only major move being a contract extension with superstar center Logan Couture. San Jose is up against the salary cap and doesn't have the flexibility to make a splash in the free-agent market.

    With that said, this team already has impressive depth and will plug roster holes with young players and prospects at the beginning of next season, including 2012 first-round pick Tomas Hertl.

St. Louis Blues: C+

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Derek Roy, C (UFA)

    Jordan Leopold, D (UFA)

    Magnus Paajarvi, LW (Trade)

     

    Notable Losses

    David Perron, LW (Trade)

     

    Acquiring Paajarvi addresses a need for more speed and offensive skill on the Blues roster, but his lack of defensive talent might make him a poor fit for a head coach like Ken Hitchcock.

    Trading left-winger David Perron in a deal involving Paajarvi does give St. Louis a bit more cap space, which it could use to sign star defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and top-six winger Chris Stewart, both of whom are RFAs. Getting a deal done with Pietrangelo remains the team's highest priority before next year.

    Signing Roy was also a good move given the Blues' need for depth down the middle and a playmaker who could bolster the power play's effectiveness.

    St. Louis will be a tough team to play against next year because of its depth and talent on the blue line and superb goaltending, but the lack of high-end offensive talent is still a major concern.

Tampa Bay Lightning: C-

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Valtteri Filppula, C (UFA)

    Jonathan Drouin, RW (Draft)

     

    Notable Losses

    Benoit Pouliot, LW (UFA)

    Vincent Lecavalier, C (UFA)

     

    The Tampa Bay Lightning made a poor decision to sign Valtteri Filppula to a five-year deal worth $25 million. The 29-year-old center has scored more than 20 goals in a season just once and is not capable of consistently producing at a top-six level.

    Acquiring a top-four defenseman capable of excelling in a shutdown role was the team's top priority this summer and it still hasn't been addressed. Tampa Bay does not have the required amount of depth and talent on the blue line to make the playoffs next season from a division that includes the Bruins, Red Wings, Leafs, Canadiens and Senators.

    Unless general manager Steve Yzerman is able to trade for a star defenseman, his team will endure another disappointing season in 2013-14. He has yet to significantly upgrade this franchise because of the poor signings and draft picks he's made since taking over as GM in 2010.

Toronto Maple Leafs: A-

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    David Clarkson, LW (UFA)

    Tyler Bozak, C (UFA)

    Dave Bolland, C (Trade)

    Jonathan Bernier, G (Trade)

     

    Notable Losses

    Mikhail Grabovski, C (UFA)

    Clarke MacArthur, LW (UFA)

    Matt Frattin, RW (Trade)

    Ben Scrivens, G (Trade)

     

    It's been a busy offseason in Toronto. In addition to re-signing top-line center Tyler Bozak and newly-acquired goalie Jonthan Bernier, general manager Dave Nonis also signed the top winger on the market by agreeing to terms with David Clarkson. The former Devils star is a top-tier power forward who instantly upgrades the scoring depth and toughness of the Leafs' top-six.

    Trading for Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland to add championship experience, valuable center depth and some grit was also a brilliant move by Nonis. His next challenge is to re-sign rising star Nazem Kadri, who enjoyed a breakout season as a second-line center.

    Toronto was a minute away from being a second-round playoff team last year, and it has improved considerably this offseason. The Leafs will make the playoffs in 2013-14 unless injuries ruin the team's impressive depth.

Vancouver Canucks: D+

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Bo Horvat, C (Draft)

     

    Notable Losses

    Derek Roy, C (UFA)

    Cory Schneider, G (Trade)

     

    The Canucks failed to get fair value for star goaltender Cory Schneider when he was dealt to the Devils for the No. 9 pick in the draft. Vancouver traded a 26-year-old with a bright future for a young center in Bo Horvat who won't make a strong impact in the NHL until the team's championship window with its current core slams shut.

    Poor salary cap management also prevented the Canucks from making a splash in free agency, which has resulted in the team once again needing additional depth and skill down the middle and on the bottom two lines.

    Without many top prospects to trade and a roster full of aging veterans, Vancouver is no longer a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.

Washington Capitals: D+

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Karl Alzner, D (RFA)

     

    Notable Losses

    Mike Ribeiro, C (UFA)

    Matt Hendricks, LW (UFA)

     

    It hasn't been a good summer for the Capitals, who have lost second-line center Mike Ribeiro and depth forward Matt Hendricks without finding a suitable replacement for either player.

    General manager George McPhee did manage to re-sign top-four defenseman Karl Alzner, but the lack of a shutdown player on the blue line and an elite goal scorer to help Alexander Ovechkin are still major concerns.

    As currently constructed, the Capitals are not going to make the playoffs next season.

Winnipeg Jets: B-

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    Notable Additions (includes re-signings)

    Michael Frolik, LW (Trade)

    Devin Setoguchi, LW (Trade)

     

    Notable Losses

    None

     

    The Jets have done most of their offseason work in the trade market with the additions of Michael Frolik and Devin Setoguchi. Frolik is an elite penalty killer who will bring bottom-six scoring and grit to the Jets, while Setoguchi adds goal scoring skill, leadership and plenty of experience.

    Re-signing top-six winger Blake Wheeler and top-four defenseman Zach Bogosian remain the two top priorities for Winnipeg, but the upgrades made so far have greatly improved the team's depth and special teams (two weaknesses from 2013).

     

    Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. He was also a credentialed writer at the 2011 and 2013 Stanley Cup Final, as well as the 2013 NHL draft.