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LAST SEASON: 43-26-13, 99 points. Lost to Detroit 4-0 in first round.

COACH: Dave Tippett, 3rd season with Coyotes, 96-55-13; 9th season overall, 367-211-78 in NHL.

ADDED: C Petteri Nokelainen, G Mike Smith, LW Raffi Torres, C Boyd Gordon, C Alex Bolduc, G Curtis McElhinney, D Tyler Eckford, C Kyle Chipchura, C Patrick O’Sullivan, C Daymond Langkow, RW Trent Hunter.

LOST: G Ilya Bryzgalov, D Ed Jovanovski, C Vernon Fiddler, C Andrew Ebbett, C Eric Belanger, RW Lee Stempniak.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Smith. He will fill the void in goal created by the trade of Ilya Bryzgalov to Philadelphia. Bryzgalov won 130 games with the Coyotes the previous three-plus seasons. Phoenix reached the playoffs twice during that time but failed to advance to the second round.


LAST SEASON: 46-30-6, 98 points. Lost to San Jose 4-2 in first round.

COACH: Terry Murray, 4th season with Kings, 122-93-31; 15th overall, 482-370-131 in NHL.

ADDED: C Mike Richards, C Colin Fraser, LW Simon Gagne, LW Ethan Moreau.

LOST: LW Ryan Smyth, C Michal Handzus, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky, RW Wayne Simmonds, C Brayden Schenn.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Doughty. It took several months, but the Kings and the 21-year-old defenseman finally reached agreement on an eight-year contract worth a reported $56 million. A Norris Trophy finalist in 2009-10, Doughty was fifth in the NHL last season with more than 25 1/2 minutes of ice time per game and led all Kings defensemen with 11 goals.


LAST SEASON: 42-29-11, 95 points. Out of playoffs.

COACH: Glen Gulutzan, 1st season with Stars; 1st overall in NHL.

ADDED: RW Michael Ryder, RW Radek Dvorak, C Vernon Fiddler, D Adam Pardy, D Sheldon Souray, C Jake Dowell, RW Eric Godard.

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