The 2019-20 NHL season officially came to a close for seven teams last week when commissioner Gary Bettman announced the league’s plan for returning from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those seven teams now face a very long off-season, which will give them plenty of time to assess what went wrong and to plan for ways to improve. Some of those teams are deep into rebuilds while others are just starting that process, but all of them have questions that need to be answered in order to turn things around.

Here is the most important question facing each non-playoff team now that the off-season is officially underway.

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