I just came by this post on Cnn Sports Illustrated it was post last Friday so if you have seen this im sorry for posting it,but it gives full grades on southeastern conference teams for their offseason moves.
Allan Muir is and always has been a complete ****job of a writer. He wrote an entire article on how Atlanta and Tampa Bay shouldn't have teams when the Penguins were being shopped, which mysteriously got deleted from his "Muir Archives" awhile back. I'd like to punch him in the face. He's your typical hackjob of a hockey writer that follows maybe one or two teams and seems to think he knows the whole league by association. Anytime you see "Sports Illustrated / SI" in conjunction with hockey, get ready to be fed crap.
I think the SE gets more teams in the playoffs than the Atlantic this year. NJ took a step backwards, Philly has had too much turnover to leap into the playoffs, and the Islanders...are well the Islanders. The only playoff teams I see are NYR and Pitt
Thats not good? i know it might take some time for them to mesh and work good together but their a much improved team, and if they somehow get forsberg into the mix then wow not bad at all, but i don't see that happening.
Hartnell, 2 seasons of over 40 points in his entire career. He is not a bad player to have on your team, but at $5 million+ a year...it isn't enough.
Lupul, has potential. Better get over that sophomore slump.
Briere- Prior to last year, his career high for points was 65. Like Hartnell, he is a solid player, perhaps even a great player. Definitely not worth the price.
I like what Philly has done on the defensive side of things, but right now they are a team with severe cap issues and I feel they have done a poor job of spending their money especially on their forwards.
I see them getting off to a slow start, maybe making the playoffs. I also suspect that Briere is not going to be beloved in Philly. He better get out of the gate quick, because that town will turn on him in a heartbeat.