In Part 1 of his two-part series, EJ Hradek creates rebuilding plans for the non-playoff teams in the Eastern Conference, looking at what went wrong for each this year and what their next steps should be.
E.J. Hradek fields reader questions in this week's "Five for Friday," answering queries on Brad Richards' future with the Dallas Stars, the lack of attention paid to the Boston Bruins' David Krejci and the New York Rangers' playoff hopes.
E.J. Hradek dips into his mailbag to answer questions on the Phoenix Coyotes' playoff chances, the fate of the Buffalo Sabres' leadership, and the chances of Peter Forsberg returning to the NHL this season.