The Most Difficult Choice Every NHL Team Has to Make This Offseason

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The Most Difficult Choice Every NHL Team Has to Make This Offseason
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Toronto needs to decide if it will stand pat or make changes this summer.

Though the second round of the 2013 playoffs has barely begun, many NHL teams are already well into offseason mode.

The time has come to assess what went right and what went wrong in this lockout-shortened season—and how to deal with it. The unusual circumstances will make it tougher than ever for management groups to gauge whether their teams' performances accurately reflected the group, or if they have overachieved or underachieved.

Whether it's salary-cap challenges, personnel issues or team chemistry, every management choice comes down to one not-so-simple decision: Is it better to stick with what we have, or will we improve by trying something new?

Here's a look at the biggest trouble spot for all 30 NHL teams.

Share your thoughts on how teams should handle their issues in the comment section below.


All contract and salary cap information is from and all player stats obtained from

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