NHL Teams That Missed the Opportunity to Improve Their Rosters This Summer

August 2nd, 2016 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
In the hockey world, one of the few constants is change.

During games, lines are juggled, matchups are tweaked and special teams and set plays are all deployed as coaches try to get the upper hand against their opponents.

During the offseason, the winds of change gust more strongly through teams' rosters—blowing out the players who are aging or underperforming while lifting the young and talented into more prominent situations.

As many teams around the league do what they can to get better, those that stand pat risk falling behind.

This summer, the exception may be the Pittsburgh Penguins, who capped off a year of tremendous change both on and off the ice by hoisting the Stanley Cup in June. The Pens might be able to keep things status quo for a minute as everyone else tries to catch up.

But what about the rest? There are teams that haven't shared Pittsburgh's recent success that have failed to make bold moves that will improve their clubs' fortunes next season.

Here's a look at the teams that face the biggest risk of backsliding in 2016-17 due to a less than impactful offseason so far.

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