Vancouver Canucks and 7 Other Teams with Something to Prove in 2011-2012

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Vancouver Canucks and 7 Other Teams with Something to Prove in 2011-2012
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Only one team can win the Stanley Cup each year.

This means the other 29 teams are all essentially losers.

However, the sting of losing is greater for some rather than others.

Some teams just weren't expected to win the Stanley Cup, so it isn't a big deal to them. They had other goals, like just collecting revenue sharing or getting a better draft pick.

But for the teams that had championship aspirations, every image of the Bruins hoisting the Stanley Cup is a reminder of an opportunity lost.

With that motivation in mind, here are eight teams with something to prove in the 2011-2012 season.

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