Detroit Red Wings: Grading the 2023 offseason moves

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NASHVILLE, TN – MARCH 14: Detail of the Detroit Red Wings logo on a players sweater during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on March 14, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Red Wings did well overall this offseason.

General Manager Steve Yzerman has added valuable pieces to the Red Wings this offseason. Whether it be the numerous players that are signed to one-year deals or the long-term move to get the elite goal scorer that Detroit has needed since Marian Hossa was wearing the winged wheel, the team on paper looks better than it did in 2022-23.

The one-year deals are given out to help the Red Wings build a hopeful contending team for 2023 while also not mortgaging the future of the team with possible prospects making the jump to the NHL in the next couple of years (i.e., Simon Edvinsson, Marco Kasper, Sebastian Cossa).

The head-scratching signings could very easily work themselves out and be viewed as beneficial moves for the season as well. Yzerman is the man in charge for a reason, and hopefully, these deals further prove the thought process and “Yzerplan” are on the right track.

Next up, the Red Wings will be getting ready for training camp as they look to get the team back on the ice and try to set up some competition. But, given the moves the Red Wings made, they are looking like they want to fight and battle in 2023-24, climbing out of the depths of the division.

Overall Grade: A-

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