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New Jersey Devils season preview

Updated: October 3, 2005, 12:54 PM ET
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THE BOTTOM LINE

By Scott Burnside, Special to ESPN.com

Of all the teams to have undergone a significant makeover, none has moved so dramatically from its historic identity as the New Jersey Devils. Gone is Scott Niedermayer, arguably the finest puck-moving defenseman in the league, a free-agent signee in Anaheim. Gone is the team's physical identity in Scott Stevens, who retired.

Coach Pat Burns, who guided the Devils to their third Cup win in 2003, is recuperating from recurring ...

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