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ESPN The Magazine: Western Conference previews

Updated: September 26, 2007, 12:04 PM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

You don't win a Stanley Cup in the spring -- you win it in the summer, when the acquisition of even one player can turn a contender into a champ. (Exhibit A: Scott Niedermayer and his title-defending Ducks.) This past offseason, more than a few clubs signed a dynamic skater or two, giving them real hope for playoff glory. Who's got the best shot? To answer that question, we asked former Flames GM Craig Button to evaluate every team's key offseason move, then I helped add it all up.

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