Aging NHL Stars Thankful for a Shortened 2013 Season

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Aging NHL Stars Thankful for a Shortened 2013 Season
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The NHL is back, and though there's no hockey enthusiast that was pleased with the prolonged work stoppage, there were a few players who will benefit from the lockout-shortened 2012-13 NHL campaign.

For the most part, that group consists of veterans, who are more rested than they would have been if the season kicked off as planned in October.

Sure, it's tough for an older player to be fresh and ready to go for three games in a six-day span, but given that the season's calendar length is about half of what it would be in any other year, they will be more effective down the stretch.

Here's a look at some of the big-name NHL veterans who will end up being thankful for only having to take part in a 48-game regular season.

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