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JONATHAN BERNIER MAPLE LEAFS
Jonathan Quick's understudy with the Kings for the last four seasons finally has a chance at a starring role with Toronto, with whom Bernier, 25, signed a two-year, $5.8 million deal in July. The tools and instincts are there. Now the 2006 first-rounder must prove he can handle a heavier workload.
COACH ON THE HOT SEAT
KEVIN DINEEN PANTHERS
Dineen's third season behind the Florida bench will be a pivotal one. The Panthers went from a division championship in 2011--12 to the Eastern Conference basement last season. His ability to get the most out of his young players will be the key to his survival.
DENNIS SEIDENBERG BRUINS
Obscured by the massive shadow of defensive partner Zdeno Chara, the 6'1", 210-pound Seidenberg quietly operates as one of the league's most effective blueliners. He is relentless on the penalty kill and is a shutdown defender at even strength.
IN THE CREASE