Belfast Giants player coach Derrick Walser says squad changes will be necessary after his team's failure to win any silverware this season.
The Giants' season ended on Monday night with a 3-1 home defeat by Nottingham in the play-offs quarter-final second leg at the SSE Arena as the Panthers completed a 7-4 aggregate success.
"I don't care if you have two-year or three-year deals. That does not matter to me," said Walser.
"I'm going to put the best team that is possible to fill the holes that I believe are lacking.
"I'm happy with a lot of the guys but we are missing something."