Detroit Red Wings: Grading the 2023 offseason moves

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Feb 19, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Justin Holl (3) skates against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports /

The “head-scratcher” moves of the Detroit Red Wings.

Detroit Red Wings. JUSTIN HOLL. B-. . D

This deal is a head-scratcher mainly based on Justin Holl’s money, at just a touch over $10 million over three years. Holl had been an up-and-down player throughout his time with Toronto, which spanned six seasons.

Holl is an upgrade over Gustav Lindstrom, though, and solidifies the right side of the Detroit defense.

C. . G. Detroit Red Wings. JAMES REIMER

This move is the most head-scratching this offseason due to the fact that the Wings let Alex Nedeljkovic walk, who had a similar season number-wise to James Reimer while being eight years younger. Reimer had a down season this past year with San Jose, going 12-21-8 with a 3.48 GAA and a .890 save percentage.

The Red Wings might have been better suited to try and bring back Nedeljkovic, who signed the exact deal that Reimer did at one year, $1.5 million, in Pittsburgh.