As the NHL playoffs advance into the second round, the eight teams eliminated from the opening round must confront the weaknesses which dashed their Stanley Cup dreams.
Each team has different needs to be addressed. Some have rosters filled with promising youth in need of veteran experience and leadership. One is a longtime playoff contender currently going through a transition period. Another is a dominant regular-season team which underachieves in the postseason.
Some must make substantial moves, while others merely need to fine-tune their rosters.
How each team addresses its respective issues will have significant consequences upon their respective performances next season and beyond. A rising salary cap for 2014-15 should be a major factor in how most of these teams respond to their needs.
Here's a look at the top offseason priority for each club eliminated from the opening round of this year's playoff, its importance going into next season and potential solutions.