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Out with the old, in with the new? It's an emerging NHL trend

Updated: October 9, 2008, 1:35 PM ET
By Damien Cox | Special to ESPN.com

The names aren't necessarily tied directly together, which makes cause-and-effect difficult to prove. One hockey player makes it here, another is told he's no longer wanted there, and the merry-go-round starts again.

But two intriguing trends have surfaced this fall on the eve of the NHL season, one producing great optimism about the future of the league, the other a gloomy sigh of nostalgia for best days gone by.

Somewhere in between those trends rests the four-year-old ...

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