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Camping In The East

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Oh, there'll be cobwebs on the dressing room doors and rust on the skates, but hockey's back. Sixteen months after the last meaningful NHL games were played and almost exactly a year after the start of the lockout, training camps open across the NHL this week. Many teams started Sunday with team meetings, followed by physicals and a battery of physical tests that will assess players' physical preparedness. On-ice sessions begin Tuesday for most teams. With new coaches in seven NHL cities (eight if you count Larry Robinson reprising his role in New Jersey while Pat Burns recovers from cancer) and an unprecedented movement of players during this offseason, there is no shortage of story lines to carry the league through training camp into opening night Oct. 5. Here's a look at some of those story lines for the Eastern Conference. We'll break down the West on Tuesday:

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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