When the biggest moves were done, the major signings completed, we did what we always do in this space. We graded.
In the middle of July last year, we evaluated the offseason moves of every team until that point. With the 2016-17 season winding down into its final week, it’s the perfect time to check two things: How accurate the grades were, and how effective the offseason additions were.
So with that, let's regrade each team's moves from last offseason:
July grade: C+
We liked the trade for Jonathan Bernier, and that has turned out to be one of the offseason's better values, with Bernier rebounding with a .917 save percentage this season. The low grade at the time was because of the firing of Bruce Boudreau and hiring of Randy Carlyle. Well, Carlyle version 2.0 has gone much better than projected. The Ducks are going to win the Pacific Division and are poised for a strong postseason.