The big names came and went. Trades were made. Draft picks were signed and most teams worked to fill holes and improve for the upcoming season. Still, some NHL teams just seemed to look a bit lost this offseason.
It’s unfortunate for those teams because this offseason feels like it has been the longest one ever—too soon for lockout jokes?
Most of us will never know the innermost thoughts of the front office staffs, but we can generally agree on an overarching plan.
For example, the Los Angeles Kings were fairly quiet, didn’t lose anyone and didn’t pick anyone up from their Stanley Cup winning squad.Their offseason approach was pretty easy to figure out: We're good. We know we're good. Let's not mess that up.
The Columbus Blue Jackets finally dealt Rick Nash away, making it evident that the franchise was finally ready to take things in a new direction with the rebuilding process. Then, they brought in former St. Louis Blues president John Davidson and the strategy became even more clear.
Some teams addressed weaknesses. Some did damage control and some teams looked lost this offseason. Here's who.