Replace fourth line and pay RFA blueliner Dougie Hamilton.
June 22, 2015
More creative forwards--or figure out how to use ones they have.
Roster is in great shape--biggest concern will be short off-season.
Trade Phil Kessel, a bad fit with new coach Mike Babcock.
Must re-sign RFA Jonathan Huberdeau; need another scorer.
Pick a goalie: costly Jimmy Howard or playoff stud Petr Mrázek.
Presumptive No. 2 pick Jack Eichel will help NHL's worst offense.
Pick a goalie (Craig Anderson or Andrew Hammond); trade odd man out
Finished 15-1-1; just need time to recover after injury-marred season.
Import more skilled support players for Alex Ovechkin.
Find offense. Only one player scored more than 20 goals last year.
Off-load unfriendly contracts to clear salary-cap room.
Must draft wisely--a problem in recent years--with No. 5 pick.
Power-play pop: They went 0 for 14 with man-advantage in playoffs.
Find younger, quicker, more skilled wingers for center Sidney Crosby.
Get depth at center--for a solid trade chip, backup goalie Cam Talbot.
Upgrade middling corps of defensemen.
Shed salary by moving Bryan Bickell and Patrick Sharp.
Need to focus on adding more speed up and down lineup.
Bring in star power to boost average offense and team identity.
Find a No. 1 center who can feed James Neal and Filip Forsberg.
Find goalie: Kari Lehtonen's .903 save % was below NHL average (.915).
Priority No. 1: Sign goalie Devan Dubnyk, a pending UFA.
Find scoring depth--either in system or by trading a backup goalie.
First and foremost, need a home city that wants them.
Re-sign winger Jakob Silfverberg, maintain enviable depth.
Find veteran support to solidify a rising young team.
Need a defenseman in case they lose Slava Voynov to legal troubles.
New coach Pete DeBoer must inspire group that was lethargic last year.
With imminent arrival of top pick Connor McDavid, find defensemen--now.