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08-28-2010, 10:55 PM
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Every team in Atlantic is better. Every team in EC is better, probably every 30 teams tried to make moves to get better in off season.
Huh? Pittsburgh is not better. Since their Cup, they've lost their shutdown D pairing, which hurt them last year, now they've lost their offensive catalyst. Martin and Michalek are not going to make up for losing Gonchar, Gill and Scuderi. And their forward depth is diminished - but I do hope to see Asham weighing down Malkin or Crosby's line... Staal's foot didn't heal and might need a third tendon surgery, so they're top heavy and starting one down, so they are a major injury to Crosby or Malkin from slipping big time.
The Rangers aren't better and they're about to waive Redden and have a bunch of rookies and kids on D. Frolov? Please. Zherdev's better.
The Islanders will actually ice an NHL D this year, but not much else.
The Devils aren't better either. They lost The Great Paul Martin and replaced him with Tallinder and Volchenkov. Big friggin' whoop. And when they sign Kovalchuk, they still have to lose a good player, probably someone like Zubrus or Langenbrunner, to get under the cap. They've got the fading Rolston locked up at over $5M for two more years. Yikes. Zajac makes almost $4M and Elias has three more years at $6M.... And Zac needs a new contract next summer. The Devils don't scare me.
So, no, every team in the Atlantic is not better, in fact, the Flyers improved more than any of them.
The Northeast will be solid, with the Bruins having improved the most. The Sabres are stagnating and I don't see them making the playoffs unless Miller stands on his head for 82 games. The Habs have f'd their once solid goaltending situation up and are no better or bigger up front or and their D is just OK. The Sens had a good year, but they lost Volchenkov and added Gonchar, so if their goaltending holds up they could be good. The Leafs are improved too, so who knows what they might do?
In the Southeast, the Caps lost size on D, with Morissonn and Jurcina leaving, but have basically the same team and two very young goalies. The Bolts, Thrashers and Canes should put up more of a fight this year, which will take some points off the Caps, whose total points last year were artificially inflated by playing such poor division opponents six times each (40 points out of a possible 48 in their garbage division - they won't get that many this year). Florida is going for the #1 pick this year.
So, no, every team in the Eastern Conference isn't better either, and some playoff teams, like Buffalo and Montreal, might be worse.
Any sweeping and erroneous observations about the West you'd care to enlighten us with?
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