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Stanley Cup champs go back to work Thursday

Central Division

Detroit Red Wings

Last season: 52-21-7 - 115 points, first in conference, won Stanley Cup.

Training camp opening: Thursday in Traverse City, Mich.

Central Division

Detroit Red Wings

Last season: 52-21-7 - 115 points, first in conference, won Stanley Cup.

Training camp opening: Thursday in Traverse City, Mich.

Additions: RW Marian Hossa, G Ty Conklin.

Subtractions: G Dominik Hasek, LW Dallas Drake.

Stories to watch: The Detroit Red Wings brought in Hossa to add more power to an already potent offence. As one of the few players on the roster not to have won a Stanley Cup, he'll also be hungry for a title. . . . If Chris Osgood is injured, can potential backups Conklin and Jimmy Howard play well enough to allow the Wings to stay on top?

Season-opener: Oct. 9 versus Toronto.

Nashville Predators

Last season: 41-32-9 - 91 points, eighth in conference, lost to Detroit in conference quarter-finals.

Training camp opening::: Saturday in Nashville.

Additions: LW Josh Gratton, LW Michael Ryan, G Drew MacIntyre.

Subtractions: RW Alexander Radulov, D Marek Zidlicky, LW Martin Gelinas, LW Jan Hlavac, RW Brandon Bochenski, LW Darcy Hordichuk, G Chris Mason.

Stories to watch: The Predators haven't done much to address the loss of Radulov and his 26 goals last season. . . . For the second year in a row the Predators have more significant subtractions than additions. Last season they dropped 19 points and four places in the standings. This year it could cost them a playoff spot.

Season-opener: Oct. 10 at St. Louis.

Chicago Blackhawks

Last season: 40-34-8 - 88 points, 10th in conference, missed playoffs.

Training camp opening:: Friday in Chicago.

Additions: C Tim Brent, D Brian Campbell, D Matt Walker, G Cristobal Huet.

Subtractions: LW Rene Bourque, C Jason Williams, C Kevyn Adams, G Patrick Lalime, C Yanic Perreault, D Andrei Zyuzin, C Robert Lang.

Stories to watch: Competitive hockey should be back in a big way in the Windy City. Stocked with young talent such as Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, the 'Hawks won the Brian Campbell sweepstakes, and he leads one of the best young blue-lines in the NHL. . . . If healthy, Martin Havlat puts this team into the playoffs.

Season-opener: Oct. 10 at New York Rangers.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Last season: 34-36-12 - 80 points, 13th conference, missed playoffs.

Training camp opening:: Friday in Columbus.

Additions: C R.J. Umberger, RW Kristian Huselius, RW Raffi Torres, D Fedor Tyutin, D Mike Commodore, D Christian Backman.

Subtractions: RW Gilbert Brule, D Ron Hainsey, RW Nicolai Zherdev, C Danny Fritsche, D Dick Tarnstrom, RW David Vyborny.

Stories to watch: The off-season was all about change. Columbus added Umberger, Huselius and Torres to its top two lines which should boost the offence. . . . The Jackets defensive crew is at best, reliable.

Season-opener: Oct. 10 at Dallas.

St. Louis Blues

Last season: 33-36-13 - 79 points, 14th in conference, missed playoffs.

Training camp opening:: Friday in St. Louis.

Additions: LW Brad Winchester, RW Matt Foy, G Chris Mason.

Subtractions: C Ryan Johnson, RW Jamal Mayers, G Hannu Toivonen.

Stories to watch: A good core of youngsters is still a year or two away from pushing this team into serious playoff contention, so, it will again be up to veterans Paul Kariya, Keith Tkachuk and blossoming Brad Boyes to carry the load.

Season-opener: Oct. 10 versus Nashville.

Pacific Division

San Jose Sharks

Last season: 49-23-10 - 108 points, second in conference, lost to Dallas in conference quarter-finals.

Training camp opening:: Saturday at San Jose

Additions: D Dan Boyle, D Rob Blake, D Brad Lukowich.

Subtractions: D Brian Campbell, D Matt Carle, D Sandis Ozolinsh, D Craig Rivet, C Curtis Brown, LW Pat Rissmiller.

Stories to watch: New Sharks head coach Todd McLellan will bring some winning attitude to a team that has underachieved during recent playoff years . . . GM Doug Wilson made virtually no changes at forward, which fell flat at times when Joe Thornton was silent.

Season-opener: Oct. 9 versus Anaheim.

Anaheim Ducks

Last season: 47-27-8 - 102 points, fourth in conference, lost to Dallas in first round.

Training camp opening:: Saturday in Anaheim.

Additions: C Brendan Morrison, D Steve Montador.

Subtractions: D Marc-Andre Bergeron, LW Todd Bertuzzi, C Doug Weight.

Stories to watch: The Ducks didn't make many off-season moves, but might still try to make room for the return of RW Teemu Selanne . . . The only blueliner signed beyond this season is Chris Pronger.

Season-opener: Oct. 9 at San Jose

Dallas Stars

Last season: 45-30-7 - 97 points, fifth in conference, lost to Detroit in conference final.

Training camp opening:: Friday in Frisco, Texas.

Additions: LW Sean Avery, LW Fabian Brunnstrum.

Subtractions: RW Antti Miettinen, G Johan Holmqvist, C Stu Barnes, D Mattias Norstrom, LW Niklas Hagman.

Stories to watch: The Stars have only missed the playoffs once since 1997 - in 2002 - and after bringing back most of their core from last year the team appears poised to reach the post-season again. . . . The Stars don't have a veteran presence to backup Marty Turco. Tobias Stephan is the only other goalie on the roster with NHL experience - one game.

Season-opener: Oct. 10 versus Columbus.

Phoenix Coyotes

Last season: 38-37-7 - 83 points, 12th in conference, missed playoffs.

Training camp opening:: Friday in Phoenix.

Additions: C Olli Jokinen, RW Todd Fedoruk, LW Brian McGrattan, D Kurt Sauer, D David Hale.

Subtractions: D Nick Boynton, D Keith Ballard, C Niko Kapanen, RW Radim Vrbata, RW Craig Weller, LW Marcel Hossa.

Stories to watch: The Coyotes gave up a pair of solid defencemen in Ballard and Boynton to land first-line centre Jokinen. The firepower is certainly there, can the defence hold up in front of stopper Ilja Bryzgalov? . . . With McGrattan, Fedoruk and Daniel Carcillo on board, the Coyotes will sport plenty of snarl.

Season-opener: Oct. 11 versus Columbus.

Los Angeles Kings

Last season: 32-43-7 - 71 points, 15th in conference, missed playoffs.

Training camp opening: Friday at El Segundo, Calif.

Additions: C Jarret Stoll, D Denis Gauthier, D Matt Greene.

Subtractions: D Rob Blake, LW Michael Cammalleri, LW Scott Thornton, D Lubomir Visnovsky.

Story to watch: Defenceman Drew Doughty, who was selected second overall in June's entry draft, will be given every opportunity to crack the lineup

Season-opener: Oct. 11 at San Jose

Northwest Conference

Minnesota Wild

Last season: 44-28-10 - 98 points, third in conference, lost to Colorado in conference quarter-finals.

Training camp opening: Saturday in Grand Forks, N.D.

Additions: LW Andrew Brunette, RW Owen Nolan, RW Antti Miettinen, D Marek Zidlicky, D Marc-Andre Bergeron

Subtractions: RW Brian Rolston, RW Pavol Demitra, D Keith Carney, LW Todd Fedoruk, LW Chris Simon, D Petteri Nummelin.

Story to watch: Marian Gaborik is entering the final year of his contract and is already musing about free agency.

Season-opener: Oct. 11 versus Boston.

Colorado Avalanche

Last season: 44-31-7 - 95 points, sixth in conference, lost to Detroit in conference semifinals.

Training camp opening: Saturday in Centennial, Colo.

Additions: G Andrew Raycroft, RW Darcy Tucker, LW Per Ledin, RW Brian Willsie, D Daniel Tjarnqvist.

Subtractions: G Jose Theodore, LW Andrew Brunette, D Jeff Finger, D Kurt Sauer.

Stories to watch: The glaring weakness for the Avalanche heading into camp is between the pipes. Jose Theodore bolted to Washington in free agency, leaving Peter Budaj with the starting job. . . . After parting ways with former head coach Joel Quenneville, the Avalanche turned some heads by promoting Tony Granato, the team's coach from 2002-04.

Season-opener: Oct. 9 versus Boston.

Calgary Flames

Last season: 42-30-10 - 94 points, seventh in conference, lost to San Jose in conference quarter-finals.

Training camp opening: Friday in Calgary.

Additions: LW Mike Cammalleri, RW Todd Bertuzzi, LW Rene Bourque, LW Curtis Glencross, D Mark Giordano.

Subtractions: LW Kristian Huselius, RW Alex Tanguay, RW Owen Nolan, C Stephane Yelle, G Curtis Joseph, RW Eric Godard, C Mark Smith, D David Hale.

Stories to watch: Will Bertuzzi return to his previous form when he was a dominant power forward from 2001-2006 or will he prove to be more of a distraction for the Flames?. . . . Will goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff's save percentage slide for a fourth straight season?

Season-opener: Oct. 9 at Vancouver.

Edmonton Oilers

Last season: 41-35-6 - 88 points, ninth in conference, missed playoffs.

Training camp opening: Friday in Edmonton.

Additions: LW Erik Cole, RW Gilbert Brule, D Lubomir Visnovsky, D Jason Strudwick.

Subtractions: D Joni Pitkanen, C Marty Reasoner, C Curtis Glencross, C Jarret Stoll, LW Raffi Torres, LW Geoff Sanderson.

Story to watch: Injuries ravaged the Oilers last season and the team likely would have crept into the post-season had Sheldon Souray, Ethan Moreau and Shawn Horcoff been around. This is a young team - if healthy - ready for the next step.

Season-opener: Oct. 12 versus Colorado.

Vancouver Canucks

Last season: 39-33-10 - 88 points, 11th in conference, missed playoffs.

Training camp opening: Friday in Whistler, B.C.

Additions: RW Steve Bernier, C Pavol Demitra, C Kyle Wellwood, LW Darcy Hordichuk, C Ryan Johnson, D Rob Davison.

Subtractions: RW Trevor Linden, D Aaron Miller, LW Markus Naslund, C Byron Ritchie, C Brendan Morrison.

Story to watch: Aging Markus Naslund exited while aging Pavol Demitra entered. The Canucks still haven't solved their slim scoring attack and it'll be another season of Roberto Luongo-and-a-prayer to get Vancouver back into the playoffs.

Season-opener: Oct. 9 versus Calgary.

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Geographic location: Detroit, Columbus, Nashville Traverse City St. Louis San Jose Dallas Toronto Anaheim Chicago Windy Colorado Frisco, Texas Boston Calgary Phoenix Vancouver El Segundo, Calif. Grand Forks, N.D. Centennial, Colo Edmonton Whistler

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