As we stroll towards the dog days of the 2023 offseason, with lackluster free agency and draft day activities behind us and the occasional Erik Karlsson trade rumor on the horizon, it’s time to reflect on the changes that have occurred in the past couple of months.
A flat salary cap and a scarcity of impact unrestricted free agents have posed significant challenges for teams striving to improve in an increasingly hyper-competitive and parity-filled league. Former powerhouses from the late-2010s/early 2020s are showing early signs of decline, while the anticipated next generation of stars has yet to fully emerge. Meanwhile, several teams are determined to accelerate their rebuilding processes. In such a closely contested environment, the gains and losses made during the offseason play a cruc