With the start of training camp scheduled to begin shortly—commissioner Gary Bettman may have something to say about that—there are a number of teams that believe they are in a position to improve over their 2011-12 finish.
Nearly every team that finished out of the playoffs wants to believe they have a chance to get better, and teams that fell short of winning the Stanley Cup would also like to think they are ready to climb the ladder and get closer to the promised land.
While every team wants to get better, including the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, it's not usually about desire. It's about making moves and taking concrete steps to improve the roster, the coaching staff and the front office so the on-ice product is better.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, the Anaheim Ducks, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres have made moves that could result in improvement; the six teams featured in this piece will certainly be much better in 2012-13.