NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.
At this time a year ago, many pundits were speculating that the Arizona Coyotes were poised for bigger things offensively. The Coyotes added free agent Mike Ribeiro to existing weapons Radim Vrbata, Shane Doan, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Keith Yandle, and the team appeared committed to a more attacking mindset.
The philosophy worked, until it didn't, and the Coyotes' impressive 14-4-3 start deteriorated into a season of inconsistency on each side of the puck and, ultimately, a narrow miss of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive season.
"Maybe the change in philosophy, trying to expand our horizons into a more offensive team probably didn't do us as much good, overall, as we thought it would," coach Dave Tippett said.
With Arizona approaching 2014-15 determined to avoid an early summer, an all-around game will be central to its chances, and also to the major questions facing Tippett and his staff. Here are five questions facing the Coyotes heading into training camp: