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Western Conference: Unanswered questions for every team

by | CBSSports.com Staff Writer
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Western Conference questions

Every team heads into a new season with dreams of winning the Stanley Cup, but only a few have a realistic chance. Yet they all have some question marks.

1. Anaheim Ducks: What does the retirement of Scott Niedermayer mean to this franchise?

2. Calgary Flames: Will Jay Bouwmeester rebound from his disastrous first season in Calgary?

3. Chicago Blackhawks: Are the core players still surrounded by enough to repeat as Cup champs?

4. Colorado Avalanche: Will a sophomore jinx bite the young and still rebuilding Avs hard?

5. Columbus Blue Jackets: Without Ken Hitchcock, can Nikita Filatov live up to his hype?

6. Dallas Stars: What will hurt Dallas more -- its defense or budget restrictions?

7. Detroit Red Wings: Will a longer offseason ultimately be a boon to the aging Wings?

8. Edmonton Oilers: How does all the drama surrounding Edmonton impact the kids?

9. Los Angeles Kings: Are they ready to take the next step?

10. Minnesota Wild: Will Martin Havlat and Niklas Backstrom live up to their contracts?

11. Nashville Predators: Will Nashville re-sign Shea Weber before he is a FA next summer?

12. Phoenix Coyotes: Are they going to remain where they are?

13. St. Louis Blues: Can Davis Payne pick up in his first full season as coach where he left off?

14. San Jose Sharks: Will two Finnish goalies get them deeper in the playoffs than a Russian one?

15. Vancouver Canucks: Were the offseason changes enough to bring Stanley home in Year 40?

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