With the early rush of NHL free agency in the books, Craig Custance writes that the Red Wings emerged in fine fashion after landing Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss. Meanwhile, Cup finalist Boston missed out on its early targets.
Old hockey cliche: to win the Cup, you need grinders (see Talbot, Maxime from last season). But how true is this statement? Tom Awad of Puck Prospectus crunches ten years of data to make a determination.