10 NHL Teams Guaranteed To Miss the 2011-12 Playoffs

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10 NHL Teams Guaranteed To Miss the 2011-12 Playoffs
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Sadly for these guys, making the team right out of their first training camp might not be the most satisfying experience they could have wanted.

The dawn of a new season always prompts one to look ahead to the upcoming spring and the ensuing playoffs; however, there are always teams that can pretty much be written off as non-contenders right from the start.

For these teams, the cards may be stacked against them by either the personnel in their locker room, a lasting problem in the squad, a lousy system that the team isn't adapting to or even a handcuffing salary cap situation that holds them down.

There will be teams who will no doubt fight for the playoffs or maybe even some who will be surprisingly left off the brackets come the end of the season. However, for some teams there's no questioning the fact that they'll be seeing an early summer vacation.

Let's take a look at 10 such teams.

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