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Talk about a makeover. Following a dismal 79-point season -- which was a 30-point drop-off from 2015-16 -- the Stars open camp with a revamped squad and renewed belief they will be a major player again this year in the NHL.
There's a new -- well, old, as in returning after several years away -- head coach in Ken Hitchcock. There's a new No. 1 goalie in Ben Bishop and top-pair defenseman Marc Methot. Alex Radulov and Martin Hanzal were brought in this summer to help Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza up front.
The pieces are in place, now Hitchcock begins putting it all together during training camp, the start to a highly-anticipated season in Dallas, making this one of the most intriguing teams to watch in camp this fall.
While everyone in Colorado Avalanche Tyson Barrie hockey jersey on sale the Motor City is excited about the Red Wings new digs, Little Caesars Arena, not many feel the same about the team's prospects in 2017-18, making this training camp one of the least anticipated in more than a quarter century. The Red Wings missed the playoffs for the first time since 1989-90 a year ago and with zero notable changes to the roster, there is a somewhat dismal vibe surrounding the club as camp begins.
It doesn't help that the popular 18-goal scorer Andreas Athanasiou is unsigned and threatening to play in the KHL this season nor that the prospect cupboard is barren, even despite Detroit's AHL affiliate winning the Calder Cup last spring.