Here is a look at the ever so strong and competitive Central division in preparation for this upcoming season and to see what they have done during this busy summer. Here are some of the highlights.

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane are back.
  • They also¬†signed Brad Richards to a one-year contract.

Dallas Stars

  • They got Jason Spezza, ex-Ottawa Senator.
  • Dallas also got Ales Hemsky who plays right-wing.
  • Kari Lehtonen comes back as goalie with Anders Lindback ‘backing’ him up.

St Louis Blues

  • In goal, the Blues will have Jake Allen and Brian Elliott.
  • They got Statsny and Backes ‘back’.

Colorado Avalanche

  • They acquired former Winnipeg Jet Zach Redmond.
  • They added Jarome Iginla and a few other minor players.

Minnesota Wild

  • Most of their best players have returned to the team.

Winnipeg Jets

  • They have got Matthieu Perrault and T.J. Galiardi and will be hoping to play some young rookies.

Nashville Predators

  • Pekka Rinne is back and healthy.
  • Nashville has acquired James Neal of the Penguins and Olli Jokinen of the Jets through trades.
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