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9/14/2006 6:03:26 PM

EDMONTON (CP) - The new-look Edmonton Oilers began training camp Thursday with no Chris Pronger but a lot more firepower.

And they're going to need it because the NHL Western Conference champion with the oil drop on its front now has a target on its back.

''Every team is going to be ready to play us and there's going to be no easy games. We'll have to come out focused and ready to play,'' said captain Jason Smith while his teammates went through physicals and photo sessions at the University of Alberta before heading north to Grande Prairie for the first few days of camp.

The team that pushed the Carolina Hurricanes to the seventh game of the cup final will begin the new campaign with a third of their lineup now playing somewhere else. Gone are Pronger and defensive standout Jaroslav Spacek. In are goal-scorers Joffrey Lupul and Petr Sykora.

Centre Shawn Horcoff said the team now has enough scoring talent over three lines to take the game to opponents the way the Hurricanes' third line of Doug Weight, Andrew Ladd and Ray Whitney took it to them in the finals.

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