10 NHL Teams That Should Already Be Looking to Make Changes in 2016-17

October 29th, 2016 by Steve Macfarlane Leave a reply »
Anyone with a hand hovering over a panic button in the parity-laced NHL should relax a little. It's early. With injuries, new faces in new places, starting-gun slumps or a lack of cohesion brought on by the World Cup of Hockey-shortened preseason, many of the league's 30 clubs are off to less than stellar starts in the 2016-17 season. 

The Dallas Stars are struggling to score goals, but is it any surprise given the team's top two stars, Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, spent the offseason recovering from injuries? Add to that the early losses they've suffered with Patrick Sharp, Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky, and it's almost a miracle they find themselves at .500 in the points percentage.

In their case, some time to heal ought to be all they need as long as the goaltending from Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi holds up over the course of the season. 

Others will need to make some moves to improve, whether it's a promotion from the American Hockey League, more ice time for other players or a trade to fill a significant hole that was left unplugged in the offseason. 

With that in mind, here are 10 teams—one third of the NHL ...

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