Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin worth a watch on new teams

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Most dangerous heavyweights

  • 1. John Scott, Buffalo — Cuffed Shawn Thornton behind the ear last year, which resulted in a concussion. Never-ending reach, always-hurting fists.

  • 2. Brian McGrattan, Calgary — His beard can beat up your beard.

  • 3. Ryan Reaves, St. Louis — Smiles when throwing and taking punches. Disturbing.

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Ex-Bruins to watch

  • 1. Tim Thomas, Florida — You going to bet against this guy yet again?

  • 2. Tyler Seguin, Dallas — All the skill in the world. Shame if he doesn’t put it to good use.

  • 3. Andrew Ference, Edmonton — Good guy returning to hometown. Four-year deal about leadership as much as on-ice skill.

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Best contracts

  • 1. P.K. Subban, Montreal — Second season of two-year, $5.75 million bridge contract. Reigning Norris Trophy winner will cash in with next deal.

  • 2. Nate Thompson, Tampa Bay — Heart-and-soul leader under contract for $1.6 million annually. Every coach loves this guy.

  • 3. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia — Flyers get one more year of Giroux at $3.75 million annually. Small price for skilled center with bite.

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Worst contracts

  • 1. Roberto Luongo, Vancouver — The guy who said his 12-year, $64 million contract stinks? Luongo himself. So there.

  • 2. John-Michael Liles, Toronto — Under contract for three more years at $3.875 million annually. Waived by Leafs.

  • 3. Brad Richards, Rangers — Contract doesn’t expire until 2020. At $6.667 million per, that’s a lot of scratch for a healthy scratch in playoffs.

Most unique looks

  • 1. Chris Thorburn, Winnipeg (left) — Crazy flow. Sharp beak. Classic image of hockey player.

  • 2. Brent Burns, San Jose (center) — Untamed hair, few teeth, full beard in postseason. Frightening.

  • 3. Chris Neil, Ottawa (right) — Muscles upon muscles. No teeth in sight. As intimidating as they come.

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Players likely to be moved

  • 1. Thomas Vanek, Buffalo — Talented finisher. Not crazy about organizational rebuild. Final year of deal. All adds up to trade.

  • 2. Mike Cammalleri, Calgary — Still some juice in ex-Hab’s stick. Could be a third-line wing, PP specialist on playoff contender.

  • 3. Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey — Will be some team’s Plan B when Plan A falls through. Sound familiar?

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Best hockey names

  • 1. Cal Clutterbuck, Islanders — Last name is the sound he makes when he belts someone into the boards.

  • 2. Evander Kane, Winnipeg — Young forward will play with Holyfield-like power as fourth-year pro.

  • 3. Rob Klinkhammer, Phoenix: Of course this guy is 6 feet 3 inches, 220 pounds.

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Worst hockey names

  • 1. Michal Jordan, Carolina — Doesn’t even wear No. 23.

  • 2. Matt Hunwick, Colorado — Tough for grown man to be called “Hunny.”

  • 3. Chad Johnson, Boston — Must hear every terrible Ochocinco joke.

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Top candidates to pull a Gregory Campbell

  • 1. Craig Adams, Pittsburgh — Wouldn’t even hide behind his Harvard diploma if the puck’s headed his way.

  • 2. Jay McClement — Textbook bottom-six grinder.

  • 3. Matt Hendricks, Nashville — Always sporting bruises and shiners.

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Most questionable summer signings

  • 1. Nathan Horton, Columbus— Under contract for seven seasons, but might not be ready until January. Jackets might be out of playoff race by then.

  • 2. Rob Scuderi, Pittsburgh — Might not make it to end of four-year deal.

  • 3. Ryane Clowe, New Jersey — Five-year deal for rugged, oft-injured forward.

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Next player to hit lottery

  • 1. Phil Kessel, Toronto — Will get $8 million annually if he re-ups with Toronto. Even more if he hits market.

  • 2. P.K. Subban, Montreal — Accepted two-year, $5.75 million bridge deal last time. Not this time.

  • 3. Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers — Won’t get long-term deal like Tuukka Rask, but will bust through $8 million ceiling.

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Sophomores to watch

  • 1. Nail Yakupov, Edmonton — Could double 17-goal rookie output.

  • 2. Patrick Wiercioch, Ottawa — Slick defenseman will replace Sergei Gonchar on power play.

  • 3. Jonas Brodin, Minnesota — Smart D-man gives Minnesota excellent 1-2 punch with Ryan Suter.

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