Despite change, pecking order remains the same

A team-by-team analysis of offseason moves in the Western Conference.

Updated: August 21, 2002, 1:48 PM ET
By Mike Heika | Special to ESPN.com

There's still time to shake things up out West -- that is, if you want to.

A Gary Suter here. A Joe Reekie there. Maybe add a dash of Jiri Slegr. It's something a few teams should consider. After all, winning this conference can mean an easy path to the Stanley Cup. But if you want to win the West, you have to beat ... well, not just the best, but everyone. While Detroit and Colorado show no signs of slipping, Dallas is working hard to get back in the pack. Meanwhile, San Jose gets better ...

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