Avalanche star Peter Forsberg stayed home, seemingly the only marquee player who did during the NHL's wild off-season. Forsberg took an indefinite leave of absence from the Stanley Cup champions to recover after a splenectomy and some lesser ravages of the game, a sabbatical that muddies a Cup picture already clouded by a summer of musical personnel. Dominik Hasek, Brett Hull (left) and Luc Robitaille joined the Red Wings. Pierre Turgeon left the Blues for the Stars and was replaced in St. Louis by the estimable Doug Weight. Eric Lindros finally received a ticket out of Philadelphia (to the division rival Rangers), while the Flyers retooled, most prominently by adding Jeremy Roenick. Improbably, Alexei Yashin and Michael Peca happily joined the hapless Islanders. In an even bigger head scratcher, the Capitals acquired five-time scoring champion Jaromir Jagr from the Penguins for three players you've never heard of.
However, with Hasek solving Detroit's goaltending woes, the Red Wings, despite having eight key players 35 or older, will be sitting with the Cup when this game of musical personnel concludes next June.
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