"We're happy where we are, but it's a long year and a tough League. Our goal is to get into the playoffs. Last year, we snuck in (and showed) anything can happen." -- Flyers GM Paul Holmgren
This is the time of season when a top-line general manager figures out how to turn a team that is almost there into a true championship contender.
Whether it's adding a missing piece via a trade, calling up a young player who is ready to contribute at the NHL level or simply motivating his team by letting it know he believes everything needed to compete for the Stanley Cup is already there, the cream of the crop in terms of executives are often determined this time of year.