The NHL's free-agency period is one of the most tumultuous times in the NHL, and it usually has positive and negative effects on teams.
The Minnesota Wild were big winners by scooping up Ryan Suter and Zach Parise. Some teams also stayed the course and even added some rookies to their rosters for the upcoming season.
However, there were a few teams that took a step back during the summer, and the 2012-13 season will be interesting, to say the least.
This is a result of making bad signings, losing key players to other teams or a general manager simply not addressing his team's needs.
Here are the NHL franchises that took a big step back this summer.