At the start of each NHL season, the baseline goal is the same for every franchise: make the playoffs. Certain teams have internal goals such as making the conference finals, but that can't happen without being one of the top 16 teams in the league.
The journey is long and the haul is heavy. Remaining competitive while battling injuries, fatigue and internal strife throughout an 82-game NHL season is profound and difficult. The process is made a bit easier when general managers and coaches are making the right moves at the right times.
2013 saw several teams that should have been in the hunt fall off for various reasons. For example, the Carolina Hurricanes were decimated by injury and their young kids were unable to step up and fill the voids.
Another year, another battle, though.
Some teams have more to crank on than others. Here are four teams that have some work to do before making an honest run at the playoffs.
Any cap or contract information has been taken from capgeek.com.