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10-07-2010, 02:53 PM
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Talk is that Jordan Staal is going to be out a good portion of the season with a foot injury. Pittsburgh is weak on the wings. Even with Crosby and Malkin they don't look that strong. Apart from Tangradi and Despres not too much in the pipeline for the future.

Philadelphia could go places if this Bobrovsky is for real. Their achilles heel has for quite a long time been in goal. It was last year even. They can be injury prone but they have the best defense in the east and enough guys who can put pucks in the net. They're also very weak in respect to future prospects. A real contender right now though.

Washington has the best depth overall in the East and some amazing players and prospects. They also play in the weakest division. If I were to choose a team most worthy to come out of the East this year it would be them.

Boston right now IMO is the third best team in the East. Good center depth. Some very nice prospects. May be a bit weak on defense after Chara. They have guys who can score and they have very good--not great goaltending.

New Jersey--they are in cap hell. Only going with 20 players and 9 of them in their 30's. That second line of Arnott, Langenbrunner, Elias average out to 35. Elias has had problems with injuries in the last few years. As for Rolston--he is a shell of what he used to be and Zubrus is still a good player but does anyone expect that third line to score a lot? As Dutch Shamrock put it I don't buy their contender status either. 82 games is a long hard grind and whatever they can piece together for a 4th line is not going to give their 2nd and 3rd lines with all that age and all the miles they've put in over the years much of a breather. As for the defense Volchenkov is a very nice addition. They'll be green on the bottom pairing and they've really only got one proven d-man with any real offensive flair and that is Greene--who is low salaried and heading into UFA after this season and doubtless is going to get big bucks out of someone if the Devils can't convince him to re-sign.

1. Washington 2. Philadelphia 3. Boston

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