Detroit Red Wings: Grading the 2023 offseason moves

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Every offseason, General Managers look in every corner and do not leave any stone unturned to improve their organizations. What comes along with that is the criticism by people of said moves. The Detroit Red Wings have certainly been busy this offseason.

Detroit Red Wings General Manager Steve Yzerman is no exception to this notion of leaving every stone unturned & criticism from the fans. Whether it be people questioning the pick of Moritz Seider at pick sixth overall of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft or the signing of Andrew Copp last offseason during free agency, Yzerman has his critics everywhere you look.

When the Red Wings let 11 total players from last season’s opening night lineup depart, whether, via mid-season trade or contract expirations, Yzerman went to work trying to fill the holes that these players left. It’s been busy, but Yzerman has been finding ways to get it done.

Included in these moves were two key trades, along with a handful of free-agent signings that will impact the 2023-24 lineup as the summer creeps toward training camp season, and roster speculation will skyrocket.

With plenty of new faces and some serious roster turnover. Some players coming in, others are headed out, and the Red Wings are going to look to come out swinging and enter the era of competition.

With plenty of offseason moves that went down this summer, what moves are great, good, and head-scratchers from the Red Wings organization?

Here are the Detroit Red Wings offseason grades.