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Keys to the offseason for eliminated NHL teams, including draft, free-agency game plans

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The 2019-20 NHL season will be remembered for quite some time, thanks to a pause because of the coronavirus pandemic that kept players off the ice for months and ended seven teams' seasons. As we bear witness to the first 24-team postseason tournament, we continue to look ahead to what's next.

As each team is eliminated from postseason contention -- either as one of the seven teams that missed the 24-team tournament or by losing in the postseason -- we'll take a look at why its quest for the Stanley Cup fell short in 2019-20, along with keys to its offseason and a way-too-early prediction for what 2020-21 will hold.

Read through every team's profile, or skip ahead to your favorite team using the links below:

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NYI | VGS
PHI | VAN | COL | BOS
STL | MTL | CGY | WSH
ARI | CAR | CBJ | CHI
TOR | MIN | EDM | PIT
NSH | FLA | WPG | NYR
ANA | BUF | DET | LA
NJ | OTT | SJ