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2010-2011 NHL Predictions: Your 2010-11 NHL Division Champions Are...
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The time is now for the drop of the puck to start the 2010-11 NHL hockey season.

While many teams have aspirations and dreams of success, the unfortunate will once again be left behind. Often the words of salary caps and free agency allow for the rise and the fall of league supremacy.

Take the Chicago Blackhawks, for example. After a Stanley Cup season they were relegated to cost-cutting measures in order to meet the monetary demands of a young team.

Don't get me wrong here—every young athlete in that locker room and many other locker rooms deserved pay hikes resulting from positive output. What the Blackhawks had to deal with was perhaps a "mass overhaul" over a stretch of two long months.

Was it easier to handle being in the midst of celebration? Probably.

Will it shake up the Central Division for the 2010-11 NHL season? Undoubtedly so.

Take a look at how not only the Blackhawks will fare, but how five other divisions will play out in the 2010-11 NHL season.

Kyle Wahlgren is a featured columnist for bleacherreport.com and owner of chicagosportsauthority.com

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