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COACH: Mike Yeo, 1st season with Wild; 1st overall in NHL.

ADDED: RW Devin Setoguchi, C Charlie Coyle, C Darroll Powe, RW Dany Heatley, D Mike Lundin.

LOST: RW Martin Havlat, D Brent Burns, C James Sheppard, RW Chuck Kobasew, RW Antti Miettinen, G Jose Theodore, LW Andrew Brunette, D Cam Barker, C Patrick O’Sullivan, C John Madden.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Setoguchi and Heatley. This pair was acquired in separate deals with the San Jose Sharks for All-Star defenseman Burns and potent forward Havlat. The Wild hope the infusion of offense will take them at least as far as San Jose’s back-to-back trips to the Western Conference finals.


LAST SEASON: 30-44-8, 68 points. Out of playoffs.

COACH: Joe Sacco, 3rd season with Avalanche, 73-74-17; 3rd overall in NHL.

ADDED: C Joakim Lindstrom, LW Gabriel Landeskog, G Semyon Varlamov, D Jan Hejda, G Jean-Sebastien Giguere, RW Chuck Kobasew, G Cedrick Desjardins, D Shane O’Brien.

LOST: D Adam Foote, D John-Michael Liles, RW Tomas Fleischmann, G Peter Budaj, G Brian Elliott, C Philippe Dupuis.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Varlamov. The Avalanche targeted the 23-year-old goalie and nabbed him from the Washington Capitals for a first- and a second-round pick. Colorado put so much faith in him that it cut ties with last season’s goalie tandem of Budaj and Elliott, and signed Varlamov to a three-year, $8.5 million deal. Giguere is the veteran backup.


LAST SEASON: 25-45-12, 62 points. Out of playoffs.

COACH: Tom Renney, 2nd season with Oilers, 25-45-12; 9th overall, 228-215-67 in NHL.

ADDED: C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, LW Ryan Smyth, D Andy Sutton, LW Ben Eager, LW Darcy Hordichuk, D Cam Barker, C Eric Belanger.

LOST: C Andrew Cogliano, D Kurtis Foster, LW Jean-Francois Jacques, RW Zack Stortini, D Jim Vandermeer, D Sheldon Souray, C Colin Fraser, G Jeff Deslauriers, LW Liam Reddox, G Martin Gerber, D Jason Strudwick.

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