NHL 2010-11: New Faces in The Central Division

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NHL 2010-11: New Faces in The Central Division
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I'm not sure about the rest of you, but, it's around this time every year when I start getting a little antsy and irritable.

By the middle of August, most of the major free-agent names are off the market, team rosters are just about solidified and training camp is still a few weeks away.

The excitement of the playoffs has faded, the heartbreak or triumph you experienced is a memory and you're now impatiently waiting for the opportunity to sit down in a cold hockey arena, sip a $12 beer and watch an NHL hockey game.

The lack of any major off-season excitement coupled with the long wait for that first puck to drop makes hockey addicts like myself go nuts.

However, now is a great time to start reviewing who went where in the off-season.

It's often the case that, aside from your own team, the season starts and you spot a player with a new jersey on and ask yourself, "Wait, when did they get him"?

For those keeping track at home, the following list should provide a useful guide for the new faces that have arrived in the Central Division, and how they might impact their teams.

Before we get into this, let me note that the players highlighted are truly new faces to their respective teams.

For example, aside from this sentence you won't see the name "Jiri Hudler" or "Jack Skille" appear on this list.

The players identified will be new arrivals via trade or free-agency, set to play their very first game in a new sweater.

While this list won't provide a ranking of which teams did better or worse, I'll set up each slide with a theme that could be applied to the moves made.

These themes you might agree with or they may offend you. Either one is fine, just make sure to post your reaction!

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