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The 2013-2014 Olympics and the release of the regular season schedules continue to be hot topics around the NHL, from looking at who’s playing for what country and which team has benefitted the most from realignment and the general schedule revamp. And the question still lingers as to who will be Dallas’ new captain come October.

Realignment and the adjustment of the regular season schedule to accommodate games against every team in the league undeniably have their ups and downs. Some teams will benefit more than others, of course, be it in time spent traveling or in who will battle whom in new division rivalries. Do you agree with the Bleacher Report’s 2013-2014 winners and losers?

With Brenden Morrow’s departure from Dallas last year, the topic of the team’s next captain has been a loaded and still unanswered one. Some of the favorites for last season, like Loui Eriksson and Jaromir Jagr are very obviously out of the picture. But beloved Jamie Benn remains, and many think the new season will find him graduating from “A” to “C.”

It will likely be an uneventful Olympic hockey season for Dallas-only fans, with only one member of the Stars being announced as an orientation roster member. Neither team Canada nor team USA opted to snag anyone from Dallas, including Canada’s pass on the ever-impressive Jamie Benn. Despite the disappointment of almost the whole roster on this up-and-coming team missing out on a shot at the Olympics, our hats are off to recent Stars acquisition Sergei Gonchar on his invitation to play with team Russia.

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