The NHLs Western Conference should be wild all season, perhaps as much as ever as parity reigns and points are tough to come by on any given night.A slew of teams have a shot at advancing to the Stanley Cup finals.The defending Conference champion San Jose Sharks, who had five players in the World Cup of Hockey finals , certainly appear to have a chance to be among the final two still skating in mid-June. That alone would be a feat because no team from the conference has pulled it off since the Detroit Red Wings, now an Eastern Conference team, won the Stanley Cup in 2008 and came within a win of repeating.Chicago, Los Angeles, Anaheim and St. Louis will likely be among the contenders. Dallas, too.The Blackhawks and Kings, who alternated as champions from 2012 to 2015 and won five Cups in a six-season span, failed to even make it out of the first round last in 2016.Both teams certainly have a chance to bounce back this season.This is my sixth season in the Central Division and this looks like the most challenging year yet, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Thursday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. The crunching between the top and bottom started last year, and its going to be closer this year.Hitchcock and Stars general manager Jim Nill both believe the teams that were at the bottom of the conference last season on moving up.The Winnipegs and the Colorados are going to be better teams, Nill told the AP. I think its going to be tighter than ever.How tight?Everyone has a shot, San Joses Logan Couture said.How many teams?Fifteen, Couture insisted. There are no easy-to-beat teams in our conference.Some things to watch for this season:SHARP SHARKSSan Jose, which joined the league in 1991, advanced to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time last season. The Sharks pushed Pittsburgh to Game 6 before its speed proved to be too much to handle. The Sharks showed they have some of the best players on the planet at the World Cup with Couture, Joe Thornton, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic helping Canada win the title against Team Europe and one of their new teammates, Mikkel Boedker. The Sharks signed the forward to a four-year, $16 million deal on Day 1 of free agency.HUNGRY HAWKSThe Blackhawks, who hoisted the Cup in in 2015, 13 and 10, are coming off their shortest postseason run in coach Joel Quennevilles eight seasons. The Blues beat Chicago in Game 7 of their first-round series, giving its players a longer-than-usual summer. I think it will help us recharge, Marian Hossa said.SWAN SONGHitchcock has said hes retiring after this season more than 20 years after getting his first job with the Stars. The Blues plan to replace him with Mike Yeo. The 64-year-old Hitchcock led the Stars to the Cup in 1999 and St. Louis to the last conference finals, its longest playoff run since 2001. Im excited about the year because weve raised the bar with expectations and accountability, Hitchcock said.SPLASHY SUMMERA handful of teams in the West made major moves July 1, including the Edmonton Oilers signing winger Milan Lucic to a $42 million, seven-year deal to give 19-year-old center Connor McDavid some help. Vancouver, which failed to make the playoffs in 2016 for the second time in three years, added winger Loui Eriksson with a $36 million, six-year contract to give the 36-year-old Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel, an opportunity to make at least one more postseason push. Calgary signed forward Troy Brouwer to a four-year, $18 million deal, hoping he can provide a steady veteran presence to go with spectacular, 23-year-old Johnny Gaudreau. Four years after giving Zach Parise and Ryan Suter 13-year, $98 million contracts, the Minnesota Wild signed center Eric Staal to a three-year, $10.5 million deal.---Follow Larry Lage at www.twitter.com/larrylage and follow his work at www.bigstory.ap.org/content/larry-lage Authentic Cheap Jerseys . Already owning gold from competition in Vancouver in 2010, Loch posted a combined four-run time of 3:27.526. That included a track-record third run of 51. Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys . Argentina winger Ezequiel Lavezzi and France midfielder Blaise Matuidi scored, with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic setting up both despite having a poor game by his high standards. 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