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Preseason Primer: Pacific

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Wes Goldstein's take: The most fundamental shift for the Sharks came behind the bench, where the team will hear the new voice of former Detroit assistant Todd MacLellan ... With the intriguing additions of Sean Avery and Fabian Brunnstrom this summer, the Stars head to camp with the potential to do even more damage ... Anaheim is still a high-end team because of Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. ... Los Angeles has brought along some pretty good young players from recent drafts, and plans to open up a few more spaces for emerging talents under new coach Terry Murray. ... The most interesting team this season could be the the Coyotes, who took some big strides last season under coach Wayne Gretzky and could press for a playoff spot. Full Story

 
Anaheim Ducks
Location
Anaheim ICE, Anaheim, Calif.
Practice begins
Sept. 20
Key Additions
Steve Montador, D; Brendan Morrison, C
Key Subtractions
Todd Bertuzzi, RW; Doug Weight, C
Rookies to watch
• Bobby Ryan, RW; Joakim Lindstrom, LW
Keep an eye on: Teemu Selanne, RW
No, Selanne isn't under contract just yet, but he is expected to sign once the Ducks are able to clear salary from their payroll. Getting Anaheim's forward to gel with the sniper in camp will be crucial to a fast start in a tight division.
 
Dallas Stars
Location
Dr. Pepper StarCenter, Frisco, Texas
Practice begins
Sept. 19
Key Additions
Sean Avery, C; Landon Wilson, RW
Key Subtractions
Niklas Hagman, RW; Mattias Norstrom, D
Rookies to watch
• Fabian Brunnstrom, C; Tobias Stephan, G
Keep an eye on: Stephane Robidas, D
With their blueline decimated by injuries last season, the Stars relied on Robidas to fill in as their top offensive defenseman and workhorse. How will coach Dave Tippett utilize the veteran in a healthy lineup?
 
Los Angeles Kings
Location
Toyota Sports Center, El Segundo, Calif.
Practice begins
Sept. 19
Key Additions
Matt Greene, D; Jarret Stoll, C
Key Subtractions
Mike Cammalleri, C; Lubomir Visnovsky,
Rookies to watch
• Drew Doughty, D; Thomas Hickey, D
Keep an eye on: Jonathan Bernier, G
The Kings' future goalie made the squad out of camp last season. Los Angeles would probably like to see the 20-year-old gain experience in the AHL first, but a superb preseason could lead to a spot on the opening night roster.
 
Phoenix Coyotes
Location
Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, Ariz.
Practice begins
Sept. 20
Key Additions
Olli Jokinen, C; David Hale, D
Key Subtractions
Keith Ballard, D; Radim Vrbata, RW
Rookies to watch
• Kyle Turris, C; Mikkel Boedker, LW
Keep an eye on: Daniel Carcillo, LW
Carcillo showed a bit of a scoring touch during his rookie year, but his penchant for the penalty box kept him from having a greater impact on the scoreboard. Phoenix brought in a couple tough guys so Carcillo can concentrate on offense.
 
San Jose Sharks
Location
Sharks Ice, San Jose, Calif.
Practice begins
Sept. 20
Key Additions
Rob Blake, D; Dan Boyle, D
Key Subtractions
Brian Campbell, D; Matt Carle, D
Rookies to watch
• Logan Couture, C; Lukas Kaspar, LW
Keep an eye on: Patrick Marleau, C
Coach Todd McLellan's system based on speed and puck movement is an ideal set up for Marleau, whose point total dropped by 30 in 2007-08. A strong preseason would likely quiet the trade rumors involving the Sharks captain.
 
 
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