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Summer Power Rankings

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

While there’s still plenty of time to tinker and trade, and a Manila envelope is stuffed with unsettled arbitration cases, some clubs have improved for the better and others have taken a step back — on paper, of course.

All teams have been ranked from one through 31, according to off-season performance only. (This is not an order of strength heading into 2019-20 — we’ll get around to that at training camp — but strictly an assessment of recent front office moves.)

18. Detroit Red Wings

Steve Yzerman has taken a more patient approach to his first summer with his new/old franchise than we imagined. His big free agency purchases were 35-year-old Valterri Filppula and 27-year-old Patrik Nemeth (two years, $6 million each). Eleven Red Wings are set to come off the books in 2020. That should be the Summer of Stevie, when the full-scale renovations begin.

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He’s mistaken about 11 Wings coming off the books next year, unless the Wings don’t plan on resigning Mantha, AA, Bertuzzi, Svechnikov, DLR or Bowey.  He counted the RFAs and UFAs to get to 11.  With that having been said, they will have the cap space to pursue some free agents if they should choose to do so. 

Posted by MikeO on 07/10/19 at 10:09 AM ET

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18 seems pretty optimistic.

Posted by Ventr on 07/10/19 at 10:51 AM ET

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Posted by Ventr on 07/10/19 at 10:51 AM ET

“All teams have been ranked from one through 31, according to off-season performance only. (This is not an order of strength heading into 2019-20 — we’ll get around to that at training camp — but strictly an assessment of recent front office moves.)”

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/10/19 at 11:48 AM ET

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I honestly don’t think we’ve had a terrible summer so far. Stevie made clear that he wasn’t going to do anything major for the sake of doing something major when he was brought in. We have some incredible talent in the pipes, Love him or hate him, but KH did leave us with a nice young core to build around and some great prospects to build around. We don’t really need to make a big splash in free agency.

While I fully anticipate a bottom ten finish this year, I also am hopeful we show some progress this year, and maybe we can make the playoffs again in the next couple years.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/10/19 at 02:55 PM ET

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This was a weird rankings article.

He called it “Power Rankings” but it was more a very
subjective, inconsistent survey of how the writer thinks
each team handled their offseason.

The Isles are 31st. Because he really doesn’t like
the Varlamov signing. I agree with that. But they
did manage to bring back three key UFA forwards.

LA is pretty highly ranked for some reason, apparently
because they didn’t do anything - he doesn’t even mention
moving on from Phaneuf. Stranger still he lauds the hiring
of McLellan and wonders if he might be able to get one more
run out of LA’s “aging but accomplished core”.

Nice work if you can get it.

But sometimes one isn’t in the mood for Athletic articles that
are 50% advanced metrics presented with near-certainty.

So I have no idea whether 18 for the Wings makes sense.
It wasn’t an article about the draft. Bottom line is like Allan said:
this was a summer of sensible, low-risk, short-term moves while evaluating the
system and preparing for a bigger offseason the next two Summers.

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/11/19 at 07:09 AM ET

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Alan - one “l” -  sorry

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/11/19 at 07:10 AM ET

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