Saddled with Jaromir Jagr's contract, the Capitals will have to improve from within next season.
Despite sitting in last place in the Pacific, the Sharks aren't dead in the water.
With everyone back and healthy, the Blues could crack the Big Three in the West.
The Stars are hoping to keep the opposition from scoring by keeping the puck to themselves.
With other small-market teams making the playoffs, the Flames are out of excuses.
Sure the Avalanche have a bevy of scorers, but can they keep the puck out of their own net?
A GM may not be able to buy a championship, but he can buy a defense.
Unable to make the playoffs with veterans, the Predators handed the keys to the kids.
It took a long time, but the Hawks finally have a solid foundation for the future.
After a season of turmoil, the Sharks are hoping to rebound under new leadership.
Once again, financially required moves leave the Oilers hard-pressed to make the playoffs.
Usually known for their offense, the Red Wings strength stands tall on the blue line.
Will the small changes the Canucks made to their roster translate into playoff wins?
Where are the Coyotes in their rebuilding plan? It's difficult to tell.
After losing in Game 7 of the Cup finals, the Ducks reloaded and are set to return.
The Kings have the potential to scare teams in the playoffs, if they can get there.