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Wes Goldstein's take: The Penguins did an impressive job filling voids with forwards Miroslav Satan and Ruslan Fedotenko and they saved a fair amount of money doing so ... The Flyers did have to plug some holes this summer by adding forwards Aaron Asham and Glen Metropolit and defenseman Ossi Vaananen. ... The Rangers brought down the curtain on the Jaromir Jagr era and then reverted to old habits by signing expensive veterans Wade Redden and Markus Naslund ... Chemistry wasn't a problem in New Jersey last season under rookie coach Brent Sutter, but scoring was. It is an area the Devils hope they addressed successfully by adding Brian Rolston ... The Islanders, whose offense was among the worst in the NHL, threw a $20 million multiyear deal at defenseman Mark Streit and signed Doug Weight for one year. Full Story

 
New Jersey Devils
Location
Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.
Practice begins
Sept. 20
Key Additions
Bobby Holik, C; Brian Rolston, C
Key Subtractions
Sergei Brylin, LW; Karel Rachunek, D
Rookies to watch
• Nicklas Bergfors, RW; Petr Vrana, C
Keep an eye on: Brian Gionta, RW
The Devils have not gotten much of a return on the three-year, $12 million deal they gave Gionta in 2006. The winger, who has not topped the 25-goal plateau since scoring 40 in 2005-06, is up for a new contract next summer.
 
New York Islanders
Location
Tim Horton's 4 Ice Center, Moncton, N.B.
Practice begins
Sept. 20
Key Additions
Mark Streit, D; Doug Weight, C
Key Subtractions
Miroslav Satan, RW; Josef Vasicek, C
Rookies to watch
• Josh Bailey, C; Kyle Okposo, RW;
Keep an eye on: Rick DiPietro, G
DiPietro underwent his second hip surgery in as many years this offseason. Given the Islanders' 15-year investment in DiPietro, all eyes will be focused on whether the injury-prone goalie is ready for the season.
 
New York Rangers
Location
MSG Training Center, Westchester, N.Y.
Practice begins
Sept. 16
Key Additions
Markus Naslund, LW; Wade Redden, D
Key Subtractions
Sean Avery, C; Jaromir Jagr, RW
Rookies to watch
• Artem Ansimov, C; Bobby Sanguinetti, D
Keep an eye on: Chris Drury, C
Drury is just one of two of New York's top five goal scorers left from last season. A candidate to take over as the Rangers' captain, Drury is expected to join the first or second line, where he'll have a greater impact.
 
Philadelphia Flyers
Location
Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone, Voorhees, N.J.
Practice begins
Sept. 20
Key Additions
Glen Metropolit, C; Ossi Vaananen, D
Key Subtractions
Vaclav Prospal, C; R.J. Umberger, C
Rookies to watch
• Claude Giroux, RW; Ryan Parent, D
Keep an eye on: Simon Gagne, LW
The Flyers attempt at creating a new French Connection between Gagne and Daniel Briere lasted just 25 games last season. With Gagne in top shape since suffering a concussion, Philadelphia will get another shot at pairing their top threats.
 
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location
Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Practice begins
Sept. 17
Key Additions
Ruslan Fedotenko, LW; Miroslav Satan, RW
Key Subtractions
Marian Hossa, RW; Ryan Malone, LW
Rookies to watch
• Alex Goligoski, D; Ryan Stone, LW
Keep an eye on: Janne Pesonen, LW
The Penguins hope Pesonen, who led the Finnish Elite League with 78 points, can help fill the goal-scoring gap left by Marian Hossa and Ryan Malone. This will be Pesonen's first NHL camp, but he brings plenty of experience.
 
 
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