By the end of this week, there will only be four teams left in the 2011 NHL playoffs. The other 26 teams will be thinking about the offseason and trying to figure out what moves they can make in order to improve for next season.
Trades do not happen in hockey as easily as other sports, but they are a way to improve a team. The hard cap in the NHL hinders a lot of trade talk between teams. However, teams still find ways to swap players and picks.
Some pretty good players may be on the market this summer, including Flyers forward Jeff Carter and one of the two young Washington goaltenders.
Here is a best-case scenario for each team heading into the offseason.