NHL Free Agency: Grading Each Team's Summer Moves So Far

April WeinerCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2011

NHL Free Agency: Grading Each Team's Summer Moves So Far

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    It's been about seven weeks since the NHL season came to an end, but with all the offseason trades and free agency, there has been a great deal of activity during the offseason.

    Most teams have made moves that should greatly improve their roster going into the 2011-12 season. Some teams, have drastically transformed their team in the hopes of making them a possible Stanley Cup contender next season.

    Other teams, haven't been quite so active this offseason. Some were under salary cap constraints and couldn't afford to make many moves while others already had an excellent team and didn't need to make many adjustments.

    While many moves have been made, which teams have done a good job, and which teams have room for improvement?

    What follows is each team's report card for their offseason thus far.

Anaheim Ducks

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    Additions via trade: Andrew Cogliano, Mathieu Carle, Kurtis Foster

    Additions via free agency: Andrew Gordon, Bryan Rodney, Brian McGrattan (re-signed), Dan Sexton (re-signed), Jeff Deslauriers, Matt Smaby, Nick Bonino (re-signed), Jean-Francois Jacques, Patrick Maroon (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: Mark Mitera, Andy Sutton

    Losses via free agency: Andreas Lilja, Josh Green, Jason Jaffray, Kyle Chipchura

    Grade: B+

    Explanation: The Anaheim Ducks recouped everything they lost via free agency and added secondary scoring, including Andrew Cogliano who was once poised to become a great scorer in the league and could become that player with his new team.

    Now all the team has to do is convince Teemu Selanne to return for another year, and they should be set.

Boston Bruins

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    Additions via trade: Joe Corvo

    Additions via free agency: Benoit Pouliot, Anton Khudobin (re-signed), Trent Whitfield (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: Only draft picks

    Losses via free agency: Michael Ryder, Boris Valabik, Tomas Kaberle,

    Grade: A

    Explanation: The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup and managed to keep the majority of their team together, minus a few players to free agency and retirement.

    The fact that the team kept the majority of their roster together for 2011-12, gives them a good chance of continuing their success.

Buffalo Sabres

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    Additions via trade: Christian Ehrhoff, Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik

    Additions via free agency: Drew Stafford (re-signed), Nathan Gerbe (re-signed), Cody McCormick (re-signed), Ville Leino, Mike Weber (re-signed), Colin Stuart (re-signed), Derek Whitmore (re-signed), Drew MacIntyre, Travis Turnbull (re-signed), Dennis Persson (re-signed), Matt Ellis (re-signed), Andrej Sekera (re-signed), Jhonas Enroth (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: Steve Montador, Chris Butler, Paul Byron

    Losses via free agency: Mark Mancari, Tim Connolly, Mark Parrish, Tim Conboy

    Grade: B

    Explanation: The Buffalo Sabres greatly improved their roster for 2011-12. Their biggest loss this offseason was Tim Connolly, but that doesn't even seem like such a loss after what they gained this summer.

    The worst thing the team may have done this offseason was slightly overpay (for Ehrhoff and Leino), but if they can make the playoffs again and go farther than they have in the past, it'll be worth it.

Calgary Flames

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    Additions via trade: Chris Butler, Paul Byron, Jordan Henry, Pierre Letourneau-Leblond

    Additions via free agency: Brett Carson (re-signed), Henrik Karlsson (re-signed), Alex Tanguay (re-signed), Chris Butler (re-signed), Clay Wilson, Ben Walter, Giullaume Desbiens, Anton Babchuk (re-signed), Leland Irving (re-signed), Derek Smith, Brendan Mikkelson (re-signed), Brendan Morrison (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik, Keith Seabrook

    Losses via free agency: Adam Pardy

    Grade: B-

    Explanation: The team has made a few new additions for 2011-12, but they've lost a few as well.

    The moves this offseason are a step in the right direction, but the Flames will need to do more and could use a big name to help them reach the playoffs and become a contender again.

Carolina Hurricanes

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    Additions via trade: None

    Additions via free agency: Jay Harrison (re-signed), Chad LaRose (re-signed), Patrick Dwyer (re-signed), Joni Pitkanen (re-signed), JussiJokinen (re-signed), Brian Boucher, Jiri Tlusty (re-signed), Tim Brent, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Justin Soryal, Anthony Stewart, Tomas Kaberle, Derek Joslin (re-signed), Brandon Sutter (re-signed), Chris Durno, Brett Sutter (re-signed), Bobby Sanguinetti (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: None

    Losses via free agency: Erik Cole, Bryan Rodney, Justin Pogge

    Grade: B

    Explanation: The Carolina Hurricanes have made some good additions that should help them make the playoffs again in 2011-12. Their blue line in particular will be great next season.

    Their biggest loss this offseason though was losing Erik Cole to the Montreal Canadiens. While they added a few new forwards to replace Cole, the Hurricanes could use another veteran who can produce.

Chicago Blackhawks

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    Additions via trade: Steve Montador, Rostislav Olesz

    Additions via free agency: Dan Carcillo, Sean O'Donnell, Jamal Mayers, Andrew Brunette, Viktor Stalberg (re-signed), Alec Richards (re-signed), Rob Klinkhammer (re-signed), Sami Lepisto, Michael Frolik (re-signed), David Meckler (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: Troy Brouwer, Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky

    Losses via free agency: Jake Dowell, Jeff Taffe, Garnet Exelby, Evan Brophey

    Grade: B+

    Explanation: The Chicago Blackhawks have had a very successful offseason. They only lost a handful of players to free agency and trades but also shed considerable salary in their trades.

    Their additions to help them be very difficult to beat again in 2011-12.

Colorado Avalanche

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    Additions via trade: Semyon Varlamov

    Additions via free agency: Matt Hunwick (re-signed), Ryan O'Byrne (re-signed), Jan Hejda, Chuck Kobasew, Jean-Sebastian Giguere, Cedrick Desjardins, Evan Brophey, Ryan Wilson (re-signed), Kevin Porter (re-signed), Patrick Rissmiller, T.J. Galiardi (re-signed), Shane O'Brien, Jason Bacashihua

    Losses via trade: John-Michael Liles

    Losses via free agency: Peter Budaj, Tomas Fleischmann, Brian Elliott, Ben Walter, Phillipe Dupuis

    Grade: B-

    Explanation: The Avalanche's biggest goal this offseason was finding a consistent goaltender, and they accomplished that goal.

    They acquired Semyon Varlamov from Washington, who has the potential to be a great goaltender for years to come if he stays healthy. They signed J.S. Giguere as his backup.


Columbus Blue Jackets

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    Additions via trade: James Wisniewski, Jeff Carter

    Additions via free agency: Grant Clitsome (re-signed), Andrew Joudray, Nicholas Drazenovic, Curtis Sanford, Mark Dekanich, Alexandre Giroux, Marc Methot (re-signed), Radek Martinek, Dane Byers, Cody Bass, Vinny Prospal

    Losses via trade: Jakub Voracek, Nikita Filatov

    Losses via free agency: Mike Commodore, Jan Hejda, Scottie Upshall, Mathieu Garon, Trevor Smith, Kyle Wilson, Ben Guite, Sami Lepisto, Andrew Murray

    Grade: A

    Explanation: The Columbus Blue Jackets might be the most-improved team this offseason. They needed offensive and defensive support and got both with Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski.

    They also are finally rid of Nikita Filatov, a former first-round pick who never filled his potential.

    They're a transformed team and should be tough to beat next year.

Dallas Stars

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    Additions via trade: None

    Additions via free agency: Vernon Fiddler, Radek Dvorak, Adam Pardy, Michael Ryder, Jake Dowell, Sheldon Souray, Eric Goddard, Raymond Sawada (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: None

    Losses via free agency: Brad Richards, Aaron Gagnon, Jamie Langenbrunner, Jason Williams

    Grade: D

    Explanation: The Dallas Stars lost Brad Richards this offseason, and they didn't replace him with the players they picked up.

    However, given their financial situation, they couldn't really help it, which is why they didn't receive an F.

Detroit Red Wings

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    Additions via trade: None

    Additions via free agency: Nicklas Lidstrom (re-signed), Jonathan Ericcson, Mike Commodore, Patrick Eaves (re-signed), Drew Miller (re-signed), Ian White, Garnet Exelby, Logan Pyett (re-signed), Chris Conner, Joey MacDonald (re-signed), Ty Conklin

    Losses via trade: None

    Losses via free agency: Derek Meech

    Grade: A

    Explanation: The Detroit Red Wings have been a powerhouse for decades and should continue to be one in 2011-12. Their biggest loss this offseason was the retirement of Brian Rafalski.

    However, they have Nicklas Lidstrom back for another year and have a few new additions to help in 2011-12.

Edmonton Oilers

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    Additions via trade: Ryan Smyth, Andy Sutton

    Additions via free agency: Ladislav Smid (re-signed), Darcy Hordichuk, Cam Barker, Ben Eager, Eric Belanger, Corey Potter, Josh Green, Theo Peckham (re-signed), Ryan O'Marra (re-signed), Taylor Chorney (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: Andrew Cogliano, Colin Fraser, Kurtis Foster

    Losses via free agency: Sheldon Souray, Jim Vandermeer, Richard Petiot, Alexandre Giroux, Zack Stortini, Jean-Francois Jacques, Jeff Deslauriers

    Grade: B

    Explanation: The Oilers lost a handful of players to free agency, but acquired a bunch more too. Their biggest addition this offseason was Ryan Smyth, whose veteran presence should greatly aid the development of their young stars, like Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

    Plus, the team got rid of Andrew Cogliano, who hasn't performed up to his potential since his rookie season.

Florida Panthers

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    Additions via trade: Tomas Kopecky, Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg, Angelo Esposito, Sergei Shirokov, Keith Seabrook

    Additions via free agency: Jack Skille (re-signed), Marcel Goc, Ed Jovanovski, Scottie Upshall, Jose Theodore, Tomas Fleischmann, Nolan Yonkman, Sean Bergenheim, Matt Bradley, Mike Santorelli (re-signed), Bracken Kearns

    Losses via trade: Jordan Henry, Mike Duco, Kenndal McArdle

    Losses via free agency: Darcy Hordichuk, Marty Reasoner, Clay Wilson, Tomas Vokoun, Niclas Bergfors, Alexander Sulzer, Patrick Rissmiller, Mike Duco, Byron Bitz

    Grade: A

    Explanation: The Florida Panthers are another team in the running for most improved this offseason. With a ways to go to hit the salary cap ceiling, the team needed to add a lot.

    Add they did. They added quite a few quality players who should help them become a better team in 2011-12.

Los Angeles Kings

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    Additions via trade: Mike Richards, Rob Bordson, Colin Fraser

    Additions via free agency: Simon Gagne, Alec Martinez (re-signed), Brad Richardson (re-signed), Trevor Lewis (re-signed), Jeff Zaktoff (re-signed), Patrick Mullen (re-signed), Andrew Campbell (re-signed), Rich Clune (re-signed), Marc-Andre Cliche (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, Ryan Smyth

    Losses via free agency: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Michal Handzus

    Grade: A

    Explanation: The Los Angeles Kings have been a top young team on the verge of doing great things for years. They put themselves in a better position for 2011-12 this offseason, with the acquisitions of Mike Richards and Simon Gagne.

    They should help the young team develop into a greater contender.

Minnesota Wild

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    Additions via trade: Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle, Darroll Powe, Dany Heatley

    Additions via free agency: Jed Ortmeyer (re-signed), Jeff Taffe, Darrell Powe, Colton Gillies (re-signed), Mike Lundin, Josh Harding (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: Brent Burns, Martin Havlat

    Losses via free agency: Cam Barker, Andrew Brunette, Jose Theodore, Chuck Kobasew

    Grade: B

    Explanation: The Minnesota Wild were in need of offensive support, and they got it this offseason with the acquisitions of Devin Setoguchi and Dany Heatley.

    Unfortunately, they had to give up Martin Havlat and Brent Burns in return, two of their best players in 2010-11.

Montreal Canadiens

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    Additions via trade: Mike Blunden, Mark Mitera

    Additions via free agency: Hal Gill (re-signed), Andrei Kostitsyn (re-signed), Mathieu Darche (re-signed), Max Pacioretty (re-signed), Andrei Markov (re-signed), Yannick Weber (re-signed), Erik Cole, Peter Budaj, Nathan Lawson, Brian Willsie, Ryan White (re-signed), Josh Gorges (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: James Wisniewski, Ryan Russell

    Losses via free agency: Alex Auld, Roman Hamrlik, Jeff Halpern, Benoit Pouliot, J.T. Wyman, Curtis Sanford, Alexandre Picard, Tom Pyatt, Drew MacIntyre, Mathieu Carle

    Grade: B+

    Explanation: The Montreal Canadiens have done well this summer. They re-signed Andrei Markov, which was a top priority.

    They also added Erik Cole in free agency, who should be able to add some scoring for the team.

Nashville Predators

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    Additions via trade: Brett Lebda, Robert Slaney, Brodie Dupont

    Additions via free agency: Niclas Bergfors, Zack Stortini, Kyle Wilson, Chris Mueller (re-signed), Cal O'Reilly (re-signed), Nick Spaling (re-signed), Matt Halischuk (re-signed), Sergei Kostitsyn (re-signed), Tyler Sloan

    Losses via trade: Just draft picks

    Losses via free agency: Joel Ward, Steve Sullivan, Marcel Goc, Mark Dekanich, Shane O'Brien

    Grade: C

    Explanation: The Nashville Predators may have retained much of their team, but they lost Joel Ward and Marcel Goc to free agency among others.

    They've also failed to re-sign Shea Weber yet, which is their top priority this offseason.

New Jersey Devils

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    Additions via trade: Trent Hunter

    Additions via free agency: Andy Greene (re-signed), Johan Hedberg (re-signed), Cam Janssen, Zach Parise (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: Pierre Letourneau-Leblond, Brian Rolston

    Losses via free agency: Tyler Eckford, Mike McKenna

    Grade: B-

    Explanation: The New Jersey Devils biggest goal this offseason was re-signing star Zach Parise, which they finally did.

    However, the team and Parise only agreed to a one-year deal and Parise will become an unrestricted free agent next July, if not extended.

New York Islanders

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    Additions via trade: Brian Rolston

    Additions via free agency: Trevor Gillies (re-signed), Marty Reasoner, Jeremy Colliton (re-signed), Dylan Reese (re-signed), Ty Wishart (re-signed), Michael Haley (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: Trent Hunter

    Losses via free agency: Zenon Konopka, Nathan Lawson, Radek Martinek

    Grade: C

    Explanation: The Islanders are getting closer to solving their arena issue, but as for the team on the ice, they haven't done much to improve.

    Sure, they traded for the rights to Christian Ehrhoff, trying to improve their defense. However, they couldn't get a deal done and haven't made another addition of Ehrhoff's caliber to improve.

New York Rangers

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    Additions via trade: Andreas Thuresson

    Additions via free agency: John Mitchell (re-signed), Mike Rupp, Ruslan Fedotenko (re-signed), Brad Richards, Artem Anisimov (re-signed), Michael Sauer (re-signed), Brandon Dubinsky (re-signed), Steve Eminger (re-signed), Ryan Callahan (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: Brodie Dupont

    Losses via free agency: Matt Gilroy, Justin Soryal, Brodie Dupont, Vinny Prospal

    Grade: A

    Explanation: The New York Rangers won the free agent sweepstakes this offseason when they signed Brad Richards to a long-term deal.

    Additionally, they retained their RFAs Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan among others. They're a greatly improved team for 2011-12.

Ottawa Senators

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    Additions via trade: Nikita Filatov

    Additions via free agency: Alex Auld, Francis Lessard (re-signed), Zenon Konopka, Erik Condra (re-signed), Mark Parrish, Mike McKenna, Lee Sweatt, Tim Conboy, Bobby Butler (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: Just draft picks

    Losses via free agency: Ryan Potulny, Curtis McElhinney, Ryan Shannon, Cody Bass, Derek Smith

    Grade: C-

    Explanation: The Ottawa Senators needed drastic changes to improve their team for next season. They made a few changes for 2011-12 but no drastic changes.

    Additionally, they traded for Nikita Filatov, who has yet to prove himself in the league.

Philadelphia Flyers

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    Additions via trade: Ilya Bryzgalov, Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn

    Additions via free agency: Max Talbot, Andrea Lilja, Jon Kalinski (re-signed), Jason Bacashihua, Jaromir Jagr

    Losses via trade: Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Kris Versteeg, Daroll Powe

    Losses via free agency: Brian Boucher, Dan Carcillo, Sean O'Donnell, Ville Leino, Darrell Powe

    Grade: B

    Explanation: The Philadelphia Flyers have had a conflicting offseason. On the one hand, they lost Ville Leino to free agency and traded away Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, two of their best players for the past few years.

    On the other hand, they signed Ilya Bryzgalov, one of the top goaltenders in the league and the top goalie on the market this offseason. Additionally, Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn have a lot of potential.

Phoenix Coyotes

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    Additions via trade: Marc-Andre Pouliot

    Additions via free agency: Jason LaBarbera (re-signed), Boyd Gordon, Radim Vrbata (re-signed), Mike Smith, Raffi Torres, Alexandre Bolduc, Tyler Eckford, Curtis McElhinney, Keith Yandle (re-signed), Matt Watkins (re-signed), Dean Arsene, Nathan Oystrick, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Kyle Chipchura, Brett MacLean (re-signed), Lauri Korpikoski (re-signed), Justin Pogge

    Losses via trade: Ilya Bryzgalov

    Losses via free agency: Vernon Fiddler, Ed Jovanovski, Eric Belanger, Nolan Yonkman, Andrew Ebbett, Matt Climie, Alexandre Picard, Dane Byers, Bracken Kearns

    Grade: C+

    Explanation: The Phoenix Coyotes made many additions this offseason, but their goaltending situation is considerably worse.

    Also, they lost defenseman Ed Jovanovski to the Florida Panthers. They did re-sign Keith Yandle though, which was a good move.

Pittsburgh Penguins

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    Additions via trade: None

    Additions via free agency: Craig Adams (re-signed), Pascal Dupuis (re-signed), Arron Asham (re-signed), Steve Sullivan, Boris Valabik, Dustin Jeffrey (re-signed), Jason Williams, Tyler Kennedy (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: None

    Losses via free agency: Mike Rupp, Max Talbot, Corey Potter, Brett Sterling, Chris Conner, Eric Goddard

    Grade: B

    Explanation: The Penguins managed to keep most of their free agents that they really wanted to. Additionally, they were able to sign a couple new free agents.

    Also, the players that they did lose were pretty expendable.

San Jose Sharks

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    Additions via trade: Brent Burns, Martin Havlat

    Additions via free agency: Andrew Desjardins (re-signed), Alex Stalock (re-signed), Frazer McLaren (re-signed), Jamie McGinn (re-signed), Jim Vandermeer, Michal Handzus, Matt Pelech, Thomas Greiss (re-signed), Ben Guite, Benn Ferriero (re-signed), Andrew Murray

    Losses via trade: Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle, Dany Heatley

    Losses via free agency: Jamal Mayers, Ben Eager, Ian White, Kent Huskins, Scott Nichol

    Grade: B

    Explanation: The San Jose Sharks did well this past postseason, making it to the Western Conference finals before being eliminated.

    However, due to cap constraints, they needed to make some moves this offseason. They added Martin Havlat and Brent Burns from Minnesota in exchange for Devin Setoguchi and Dany Heatley.

St. Louis Blues

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    Additions via trade: Evgeny Grachev

    Additions via free agency: Patrick Berglund (re-signed), Roman Polak (re-signed), Nikita Nikitin (re-signed), Vladimir Sobotka (re-signed), B.J. Crombeen (re-signed), T.J. Oshie (re-signed), Matt D'Agostini (re-signed), Adam Cracknell (re-signed), Brian Elliott, Kent Huskins, Brett Sterling, Scott Nichol, Ben Bishop (re-signed), Jamie Langenbrunner, Jason Arnott, Ryan Reaves (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: Just draft picks

    Losses via free agency: Nicholas Drazenovic, Dean Arsene, Nathan Oystrick, Cam Janssen, Ty Conklin

    Grade: B

    Explanation: The St. Louis Blues bid their time in free agency, not really making a splash in the beginning. Then, they added Jamie Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott.

    These two veterans should help the young team in the future.

Tampa Bay Lightning

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    Additions via trade: None

    Additions via free agency: Blair Jones (re-signed), Eric Brewer (re-signed), Marc-Andre Bergeron (re-signed), Bruno Gervais (re-signed), Adam Hall (re-signed), Dwayne Roloson (re-signed), Mathieu Garon, J.T. Wyman, Matt Gilroy, Richard Petiot, Trevor Smith, Tom Pyatt, Alexandre Picard, Ryan Shannon, Scott Jackson (re-signed), Steven Stamkos (re-signed), Teddy Purcell (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: None

    Losses via free agency: Mike Smith, Sean Bergenheim, Simon Gagne, Randy Jones, Cedrick Desjardins, Mike Lundin, Matt Smaby, Chris Durno, Marc-Antoine Pouliot

    Grade: A

    Explanation: After making it to the Eastern Conference finals in their first playoff berth in a few years, the Tampa Bay Lightning didn't need to make a lot of changes this offseason. Just retain as much as possible.

    The team retained the most important players and re-signed Steven Stamkos to a five-year deal. That's a successful summer.

Toronto Maple Leafs

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    Additions via trade: John-Michael Liles, Cody Franson, Matthew Lombardi

    Additions via free agency: James Reimer (re-signed), Carl Gunnarsson (re-signed), Tim Connolly, Clarke MacArthur (re-signed), Tyler Bozak (re-signed), Matt Lashoff (re-signed), Phillipe Dupuis, Mike Zigomanis (re-signed), Darryl Boyce (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: Brett Lebda, Robert Slaney

    Losses via free agency: Tim Brent, Jean-Sebastian Giguere, Danny Richmond, Christian Hanson

    Grade: B-

    Explanation: The Toronto Maple Leafs has been in search of a top center. They went after Brad Richards but lost out to the New York Rangers.

    They signed Tim Connolly instead. Other notable additions include John-Michael Liles from the Colorado Avalanche and re-signing James Reimer.

Vancouver Canucks

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    Additions via trade: Mike Duco

    Additions via free agency: Kevin Bieksa (re-signed), Andrew Alberts (re-signed), Maxim Lapierre (re-signed), Mark Mancari, Marco Sturm, Sami Salo (re-signed), Nolan Baumgartner (re-signed), Steven Pinnizzotto, Andrew Ebbett, Matt Climie, Aleander Sulzer, Mike Duco, Byron Bitz, Jannik Hansen (re-signed)

    Losses via trade: Christian Ehrhoff, Sergei Shirokov

    Losses via free agency: Raffi Torres, Alexandre Bolduc, Tanner Glass, Rick Rypien, Giullaume Desbiens, Lee Sweatt

    Grade: A

    Explanation: The Vancouver Canucks came one win shy of winning the Stanley Cup. They managed to retain most of their 2010-11 team, minus Christian Ehrhoff and a few other players.

    However, they re-signed Kevin Bieksa to a long-term deal, their best move this summer.

Washington Capitals

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    Additions via trade: Troy Brouwer, Danick Paquette

    Additions via free agency: Brooks Laich (re-signed), Ryan Potulny, Roman Hamrlik, Joel Ward, Jeff Halpern, Tomas Vokoun, Danny Richmond, Christian Hanson, Mathieu Perreault, Karl Alzner (re-signed), Francois Bouchard

    Losses via trade: Semyon Varlamov, Eric Fehr

    Losses via free agency: Boyd Gordon, Marco Sturm, Andrew Joudrey, Matt Bradley, Andrew Gordon, Steven Pinnizzotto, Jason Arnott, Brian Willsie, Tyler Sloan

    Grade: A

    Explanation: The Washington Capitals have made some great moves this offseason. They retained the players they absolutely needed to and gained some great additions too.

    Joel Ward, who was one of the best producers in the offseason, something that should greatly aid the Capitals. Additionally, they acquired veterans Roman Hamrlik, Tomas Vokoun and Jeff Halpern.

    Plus, Vokoun's presence and the excellent play last season of Michal Neuvirth made Semyon Varlamov expendable, getting them high draft picks in return.

Winnipeg Jets

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    Additions via trade: Eric Fehr, Kenndal McArdle

    Additions via free agency: Tanner Glass, Derek Meech, Aaron Gagnon, Rick Rypien, Randy Jones, Andrew Ladd (re-signed), Kenndal McArdle (re-signed), Ben Maxwell (re-signed), Spencer Machacek (re-signed), Arturs Kulda (re-signed), Riley Holzapfel (re-signed), Brett Festerling (re-signed), Blake Wheeler (re-signed), Jason Jaffray

    Losses via trade: Danick Paquette, Angelo Esposito

    Losses via free agency: Radek Dvorak, Anthony Stewart

    Grade: B+

    Explanation: The Winnipeg Jets have had a productive offseason. They acquired Eric Fehr, Tanner Glass and Rick Rypien, among others.

    Additionally, they re-signed Andrew Ladd. They did this all while rebuilding and relocating the franchise to Winnipeg.