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New looks, new excitement as NHL camps open

Friday, 09.17.2010 / 1:25 PM / 2010-2011 Season Preview

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Antti Niemi, who backstopped the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup just 101 days ago, will be one of many players joining a new team -- in Niemi's case, the San Jose Sharks. Seven other players who dressed for Chicago that triumphant June evening are beginning careers elsewhere - four of them in Atlanta, where the Thrashers have retooled extensively.  As National Hockey League training camps open, several team rosters feature dramatically new looks; five teams have new coaches and the Pittsburgh Penguins are preparing for the official NHL opening of their brand new home - CONSOL Energy Center.

In addition to new teammates, the skaters face a new formula for breaking ties in the standings -- an added ingredient in the playoff races that begin virtually on the opening night of the season. There are new captains in Toronto (Dion Phaneuf) and Nashville (Shea Weber), new General Managers in Atlanta (Rick Dudley), Florida (Dale Tallon), St. Louis (Doug Armstrong) and Tampa Bay (Steve Yzerman).

The spectacular 2009-10 season, one that set records for revenues and TV ratings, was followed by an action-packed off-season. Here is a summary of those developments as the players return to the rinks to confront the questions that will become answers in 2010-11.




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