Moments after the Los Angeles Kings finished skating around the Staples Center with the Stanley Cup, the 2011-12 season was declared over and preparations for the 2012-13 were underway.
All teams had to put the previous season behind them and start preparing for the NHL draft, free agency and potential trades.
One team, the Minnesota Wild, appeared to take a huge step up the NHL ladder by landing superstar free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter as free-agent signees in early July.
Other teams have failed to improve and have fallen down the mountain during the offseason. Here’s a look at seven NHL teams whose bandwagon you need to jump off in 2012-13.