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The best/worst off-seasons so far

From Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch:

The events of the past four weeks will best be gauged a few seasons down the road. For now, The Dispatch offers this analysis of the proceedings:

Best offseasons

1. Chicago — With all that “Youth Gone Wild” up front, the Blackhawks landed offensive-minded defenseman Brian Campbell and No. 1 goaltender Cristobal Huet to balance the attack. They could be the next Pittsburgh Penguins.

2. Detroit — The Red Wings are so good, talent comes knocking on their door. Witness Marian Hossa taking a one-year deal to leave Sidney Crosby’s wing and move to Motown. The Wings lost nobody except forward Dallas Drake (retired yesterday) and still have salary-cap room for the future to stay intact…

Read the entire article here.

No real surprises on Portzline’s best/worst list. I’m not so sure I’d put Chicago at number one; in fact, I wouldn’t. The Campbell signing was a nice move, but the Huet signing still doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, especially at those dollars.