After the opening days of free agency, how are the NHL's 30 general managers doing?
In the following slideshow, featuring complete grades for every team, we attempt to answer that question. In grading the teams, we follow some simple rules:
- Time frame: Only deals reached after the draft are included here. This means the some deals—like the Ryan Kesler trade—are excluded from consideration.
- Inaction is more forgivable for a good team than a bad, with the exception of those teams that could be legitimate Cup contenders with just a little more help.
- Bad contracts (as defined by us) are judged especially harshly if they are on a team with serious cap issues or given to a player who is clearly on the decline and not worth the money.
Read on for our look at each team's significant gains and losses, the net shift in its fortunes and a letter grade for its body of work since Sunday.