The Score’s Matt Teague issues “NHL offseason grades” to each and every one of the Atlantic Division’s 16 teams, and he gives the Red Wings fairly high marks for a busy “summer’s” worth of additions and subtractions:
Several longtime regulars won’t be back with the Red Wings after Detroit took a few more offseason steps on its slow ascent back to contention.
With the old guard out, general manager Steve Yzerman shifted his attention to the team’s young nucleus. Yzerman locked up goal-scorer Mantha to a four-year deal, gave Fabbri an extension, and inked Bertuzzi for one year to keep his RFA status intact next offseason.
The Red Wings also wisely landed a second-round pick for taking Staal‘s expiring contract from the Rangers. The 33-year-old won’t necessarily improve Detroit’s chances of winning, but his veteran presence could go a long way for the club’s young core.
Bringing in Greiss to play alongside Jonathan Bernier gives Detroit a respectable tandem in goal, though it remains to be seen how successful the German puck-stopper will be without the Islanders’ strong defensive system in front of him.
Overall, the Red Wings took care of their in-house talent and added some veteran pieces that should make the team more competitive than it was in 2019-20.