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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