2013 NHL Free Agency: What Each Lottery Team Needs to Make Playoffs Next Season

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2013 NHL Free Agency: What Each Lottery Team Needs to Make Playoffs Next Season
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The 2013 NHL free-agency period is right around the corner. For all teams, especially lottery teams that didn't make the playoffs, free agency means a chance to get better.

Yes, the NHL draft provides a consolation in a higher first-round draft choice to those teams that fail to qualify for the postseason, but the playoffs are still a pipe dream away for a lot of franchises.

Although there is parity across the NHL on a general scale with the salary cap in place, the fact remains that not all teams are in position to qualify for the playoffs if next season were to start today or prior to free agency.

If making the playoffs is the goal—as it should be after the No. 8 seed 2012 Los Angeles Kings won it all—then teams just need to be good enough to make the playoffs.

With that being said, here is what each lottery team needs from free agency to make the playoffs next season.

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