NHL: 2011-12 Stanley Cup Contenders

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NHL: 2011-12 Stanley Cup Contenders
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What team will rise to the challenge for the 2011-12 Stanley Cup?

I know, I know, it’s still July.

NHL free agency just opened last week and the hockey season doesn’t start up again for three months.

But considering the lack of “big names” in this year’s free agency pool, there have actually been a number of interesting moves that have changed the faces of some of the NHL’s elite teams.

Clubs have tinkered with their rosters in efforts to dethrone the Boston Bruins as the NHL's champions, but the question is; who made the best improvements?

So without any further delay, here is a countdown of 10 teams that could find themselves triumphantly hoisting Lord Stanley’s mug next summer.

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