Which NHL teams need the biggest overhaul?

Flip Side: Penguins - Stay or Go?


It can be a rebuild or you can miss the playoffs by a few points, either way several teams this offseason need to make adjustments to compete in the near future. These are the teams with the most pressing needs.

Toronto Maple Leafs

You probably saw this coming from a mile away. The Leafs are in the biggest need of an overhaul out of anyone on this list. Luckily, they have the right people on the job to do it in Kyle Dubas and Mark Hunter. The first step will be to hire a GM that will be able to work in concert with Dubas and Hunter, a lofty task for some front office people that are egocentric and may want to bring in their own team. The names that have been getting bandied about are Sean Burke, whose name seems to come up every offseason the past few years and Mike Futa of the Los Angeles Kings, who helped Dean Lombardi put together a Stanley Cup champion team. This should be the easy part of the rebuild, the players are a completely different story.

The overhaul really begins with the "marquee" players that the Leafs have on their team. I put marquee in quotes as these players were once valued as top flight pieces but seem to have fallen within this past year. Phil Kessel comes to mind immediately, he supposedly had a down year but was still able to give the team 61 points on the year. He will easily fetch the most in a trade but the question becomes if they believe Kessel is a part of the future with the Leafs and help with a quick turn around. President of Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan has stated on multiple occasions that this is going to be a long-term build which leads me to believe that this team is going to get torn down from the top and will be filled with a strong prospect pipeline.

So, sorry Leafs fans you may have already seen the last of Kessel, Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and young Tyler Bozak. This team will look completely different come Fall.

Boston Bruins

This isn't really an overhaul of players but more of an overhaul of culture that should be taking place in the Bruins' front office. Their prioritization of grit and truculence may end up being the downfall of this team. Being cash strapped for the past couple of years, they have given contracts to players that haven't deserved them and they have held onto assets that were way past their prime. The first move they made in a possible overhaul of the team was the firing of Peter Chiarelli, many in the mainstream media pointed to it as a chance to change their culture.

Alas, that doesn't seem to be the case as Cam Neely, Bruins President spoke about the need to enhance the Bruins culture and get back to what they are all about. A bigger mistake couldn't be made by this organization if they decide to go back to that. They have some players coming off the books such as Gregory Campbell and Dan Paille that will allow them to reevaluate that identity but it will be all for not if they don't take advantage of this opportunity. The Bruins don't have to miss the playoffs next year but if they stay the course they may end up grabbing onto a sinking ship.

New Jersey Devils

I had some trouble picking the final team to put on this list as I juggled with a couple of teams. The Flyers and Sharks immediately came to mind but much like the Bruins, they need to change their culture approach whether it be the over payment of defensemen in the Flyers' case or the increased importance of the goon in the Sharks' case, the team that overwhelmingly needed an overhaul more than those teams is the New Jersey Devils.

GM Lou Lamoriello has led this team to multiple Stanley Cups in the past 20 or so years but now they find themselves at the crossroads. They need to make changes but the mediocre core makes it a tough proposition for the New Jersey Devils. Their prospect pipeline is weak and needs to be restocked ASAP. The problem with this is the only players that draw any value are on the youngish side (Travis Zajac is 29 and Adam Henrique is 24) and may need to be held onto if they want to compete anytime soon. They will be getting roughly $10+ million dollars off the cap this offseason so you may see them as a possible player in free agency. The middling results have to be maddening for Devils fans but if they embrace the tank, this rebuild may not take as long. They have a strong goaltender in Corey Schneider to build around.

God speed Devils fans.

More on AOL
16 PHOTOS
Sports potw for 4/27
See Gallery
Which NHL teams need the biggest overhaul?
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Cameron Munster of the Storm is tackled by the Sea Eagles defence during the round eight NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Manly Sea Eagles at AAMI Park on April 25, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 20: The Elite Womens division winner Caroline Rotich crosses the finish line in Boston on April 20, 2015. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 20: Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after scoring in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs during the game at PNC Park on April 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Josh Smith #5 of the Houston Rockets drives baseline for a dunk past Monta Ellis #11 of the Dallas Mavericks as well as Dirk Nowitzki #41 and Tyson Chandler #6 as James Harden #13 looks on in the second half during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on April 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 20: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals is tagged out at home plate by catcher Kurt Suzuki #8 of the Minnesota Twins while trying to score during the 2nd inning of the game at Kauffman Stadium on April 20, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - APRIL 21: Players of Anadolu Efes Istanbul celebrate victory during the 2014-2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball Play Off Game 3 between Anadolu Efes Istanbul v Real Madrid at Abdi Ipekci Arena on April 21, 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Aykut Akici/EB via Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 21: Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals sprays ice on Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 21, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 18: (ninth inning) Baltimore Orioles left fielder Alejandro De Aza (#12), Baltimore Orioles left fielder David Lough (#9), and Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (#10) celebrate the 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles in Game two of a four game series at Fenway Park. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 21: Andrew Desjardins #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks slides across the ice as goalie Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators makes the save during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - APRIL 20: Designated hitter Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees ducks under a high pitch during the sixth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 20, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - APRIL 23: Ondrej Palat #18 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates with Nikita Kucherov #86 next to Darren Helm #43 of the Detroit Red Wings after a overtime game winning goal by Tyler Johnson #9 to win 3-2 in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on April 23, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is fouled by Jared Sullinger #7 of the Boston Celtics during the first quarter of their game in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on April 23, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 26: Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets grabs a rebound against Al-Farouq Aminu #7 of the Dallas Mavericks during Game Four of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 26, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Runners on The Virgin Money London Marathon cross the River Thames as seen from The Tower Bridge Exhibition'sGlass Flooring on April 26, 2015 in London, England. 38,000 people are running the 26.2 mile marathon course which finishes on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers celebrates his powerplay goal at 4:23 of the first period against Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE


Related links:
The Nationals' poor start needs to turn around in a hurry
10 college football transfers to watch in 2015
Top 10: Manny Pacquiao's biggest wins

For more sports coverage, please visit Bloguin.com
Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.