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07-18-2010, 02:23 PM
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Northeast Competition.

Boston Bruins:

Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Daniel Paille, Micheal Ryder* Marco Sturm* Mark Recchi, Greg Campbell, Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, Johnny Boychuk, Mark Stuart, Matt Hunwick.

Tuukka Rask, Tim Thomas*

Notes:
* = Potential at being dealt.
Blake Wheeler is still an RFA
Tyler Seguin could be on the team this year.
Joe Colbourne is also a possibility.

The Bruins find themselves needing to shed some cap space in order to sign a few more players and to be able to compete this August. The Bruins will more than likely be looking to deal Thomas first, as he's dead weight. If they can deal Thomas, then the Bruins will be looking at an explosive offense backed by great defense. This type of combination and having a goalie who just had a great year puts them in contention to not only win the Northeast, but be a challenger to Washington.

Boston's rank overall for Northeast = 1st. (Offense: 2nd Defense:2nd Goaltending 2nd)

Buffalo Sabres:

Thomas, Vanek, Jason Pominville, Tim Connelly, Derek Roy, Jochen hecht, Paul Gaustad, Drew Stafford, Miek Grier, Rob Niedermayer, Cody McCormick

Craig Rivet, Tyler Myers, Jordan Leopold, Andrej Sekera, Steve Montador, Chris Butler

Ryan Miller, Patrick Lalime.

Notes:
Patrick Kaleta still an RFA

Heading into next season, the Sabres hope to continue their strong play that they had during the regular season and challenge for 1st in the Northeast. With the best goalie in the Northeast on their team, Miller will be able to steal a few games for them and keep them in every game. Their defense is lead by the monstrous Tyler Myers with smooth skating, size and an underrated offensive game. However, the rest of their isn't as strong as they would hope and very well could force extra work for Miller and be really exposed when Lalime is in net.

The Sabres' offense on paper is a good one, but with struggling forward, Drew Stafford and injury prone Tim Connolley, the offense will fall on Thomas Vanek once again. If Stafford turns his game around and plays how the Sabres' organization knows he can play, and Connolley isn't hurt at all, or for two long, the Sabres should finish 2nd in the Northeast.

Buffalo's overall rank for the Northeast: 2 (offensive:3rd Defense: 4th Goaltending: 1st)

Ottawa Senators:

Jason Spezza, Alex Kovalev, Daniel Alfredsson, Milan Michalek, Mike Fisher, Chris Kelly, Chris Neil, Jarkko Ruutu, Jesse Winchester, Ryan Shannon

Defense: Sergei Gonchar, Erik Karlsson, Chris Phillips, Brian Lee, Matt Carkner,

Goaltending: Pascal Leclaire, Brian Elliott

The Ottawa Senators fell to the defending cup champions in the opening round because of goaltending, or lack-there-of and missing a key player who really only shows up in the playoffs in Alex Kovalev.

The Senators lost their best goalie this off-season, in Anton Volchenkov, but added best powerplay quarter back in their franchise history in Sergei Gonchar. Gonchar, who plays a little like Markov should not only help Ottawa's powerplay and 5 on 5 game, but help wake up Kovalev.

Mike Fisher, who had a typical year for himself last year looks to continue that, or even improve. Along with Gonchar and an improved Kovalev and a more experience Karlsson, Ottawa's offense should be number 1 in the Northeast.

Defenseman on the defensive side is lead by long time Ottawa Senator; Chris Phillips looks shallow here. Though, Montréal showed you can have a defense that's greater than the sum of their parts.

Ottawa's goaltending is the worst in the Northeast, unless Montréal losses Price, then they're second worst.

Notes:
Peter Regin, Nick Foligno and Chris Campoli are all RFAs.

Ottawa's overall Northeast rankings :T-3rd (Offense: 1 Defense: 3rd Goaltending 4th)

Toronto Maple Leafs:

Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak, Kris Versteeg, Colby Armstrong, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulmein, Colton Orr, Luca Caputi, Frederik Sjostrom, John Mitchell, Mike Brown.

Defense: Dion Phaneuf, Mike Komisarek, Tomas Kaberle* Francois Beauchemin, Carl Gunnarsson, Jeff Finger, Luke Schenn, Brett Lebda.

Goaltending: Jean-Sebastian Giguere, Jonas Gustavsson.

Toronto is coming off a disappointing season in which they finished 2nd last in the league. The leafs aim to do significantly better this year, as if they fail to do so, then they would have dealt Tyler Seguin, Jared Knight and another top 5 pick in 2011 for Phil Kessel.

Kessel lead the leafs in scoring last year with 30 goals. This up coming year, he will have help in that department with newly acquired, Kris Versteeg and potential young leafs' star prospect, Nazem Kadri. Even with that, the leafs offense is still thin and not good enough to power them through games alone.

On paper, the leafs defense is the best in the Northeast.Even if Kaberle is dealt, it will still be tops. If the leafs could get another top 6 forward and a solid top 9, they could become a threat.

Their goaltending has Giguere, a former Conn Smythe winner on the losing end and then won a Stanley cup. He can either play like he did when the ducks reached the finals, or he can play how he did when he lost his job to Jonas Hiller. Gustavsson showed flashes of being a good goalie and with a better defensive core this up coming season, he could very well be a solid goaltender.

The leafs are an enigma. With the team they have on paper, they could squeeze in, or they could battle for 4th in the East, or they can finish last again.

Toronto's overall Northeast Ranking: ? (Offense 4th Defense 1st Goaltending 3rd)


I only did it out of 4 for the final rankings overall, but talked about being 5th, or whatever in the write up.

For Montréal, their offense is 3rd, goaltending 4th, defense 3rd, or 4th depending on how people view it. I'd put it at 3rd, myself.

Though, looking things over, the leafs could either do what they're expected to do, or surprise.

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07-18-2010, 02:33 PM
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Boston Bruins:

Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Daniel Paille, Micheal Ryder* Marco Sturm* Mark Recchi, Greg Campbell, Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, Johnny Boychuk, Mark Stuart, Matt Hunwick.

Tuukka Rask, Tim Thomas*

Notes:
* = Potential at being dealt.
Blake Wheeler is still an RFA
Tyler Seguin could be on the team this year.
Joe Colbourne is also a possibility.

The Bruins find themselves needing to shed some cap space in order to sign a few more players and to be able to compete this August. The Bruins will more than likely be looking to deal Thomas first, as he's dead weight. If they can deal Thomas, then the Bruins will be looking at an explosive offense backed by great defense. This type of combination and having a goalie who just had a great year puts them in contention to not only win the Northeast, but be a challenger to Washington.

Boston's rank overall for Northeast = 1st. (Offense: 2nd Defense:2nd Goaltending 2nd)

Buffalo Sabres:

Thomas, Vanek, Jason Pominville, Tim Connelly, Derek Roy, Jochen hecht, Paul Gaustad, Drew Stafford, Miek Grier, Rob Niedermayer, Cody McCormick

Craig Rivet, Tyler Myers, Jordan Leopold, Andrej Sekera, Steve Montador, Chris Butler

Ryan Miller, Patrick Lalime.

Notes:
Patrick Kaleta still an RFA

Heading into next season, the Sabres hope to continue their strong play that they had during the regular season and challenge for 1st in the Northeast. With the best goalie in the Northeast on their team, Miller will be able to steal a few games for them and keep them in every game. Their defense is lead by the monstrous Tyler Myers with smooth skating, size and an underrated offensive game. However, the rest of their isn't as strong as they would hope and very well could force extra work for Miller and be really exposed when Lalime is in net.

The Sabres' offense on paper is a good one, but with struggling forward, Drew Stafford and injury prone Tim Connolley, the offense will fall on Thomas Vanek once again. If Stafford turns his game around and plays how the Sabres' organization knows he can play, and Connolley isn't hurt at all, or for two long, the Sabres should finish 2nd in the Northeast.

Buffalo's overall rank for the Northeast: 2 (offensive:3rd Defense: 4th Goaltending: 1st)

Ottawa Senators:

Jason Spezza, Alex Kovalev, Daniel Alfredsson, Milan Michalek, Mike Fisher, Chris Kelly, Chris Neil, Jarkko Ruutu, Jesse Winchester, Ryan Shannon

Defense: Sergei Gonchar, Erik Karlsson, Chris Phillips, Brian Lee, Matt Carkner,

Goaltending: Pascal Leclaire, Brian Elliott

The Ottawa Senators fell to the defending cup champions in the opening round because of goaltending, or lack-there-of and missing a key player who really only shows up in the playoffs in Alex Kovalev.

The Senators lost their best goalie this off-season, in Anton Volchenkov, but added best powerplay quarter back in their franchise history in Sergei Gonchar. Gonchar, who plays a little like Markov should not only help Ottawa's powerplay and 5 on 5 game, but help wake up Kovalev.

Mike Fisher, who had a typical year for himself last year looks to continue that, or even improve. Along with Gonchar and an improved Kovalev and a more experience Karlsson, Ottawa's offense should be number 1 in the Northeast.

Defenseman on the defensive side is lead by long time Ottawa Senator; Chris Phillips looks shallow here. Though, Montréal showed you can have a defense that's greater than the sum of their parts.

Ottawa's goaltending is the worst in the Northeast, unless Montréal losses Price, then they're second worst.

Notes:
Peter Regin, Nick Foligno and Chris Campoli are all RFAs.

Ottawa's overall Northeast rankings :T-3rd (Offense: 1 Defense: 3rd Goaltending 4th)

Toronto Maple Leafs:

Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak, Kris Versteeg, Colby Armstrong, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulmein, Colton Orr, Luca Caputi, Frederik Sjostrom, John Mitchell, Mike Brown.

Defense: Dion Phaneuf, Mike Komisarek, Tomas Kaberle* Francois Beauchemin, Carl Gunnarsson, Jeff Finger, Luke Schenn, Brett Lebda.

Goaltending: Jean-Sebastian Giguere, Jonas Gustavsson.

Toronto is coming off a disappointing season in which they finished 2nd last in the league. The leafs aim to do significantly better this year, as if they fail to do so, then they would have dealt Tyler Seguin, Jared Knight and another top 5 pick in 2011 for Phil Kessel.

Kessel lead the leafs in scoring last year with 30 goals. This up coming year, he will have help in that department with newly acquired, Kris Versteeg and potential young leafs' star prospect, Nazem Kadri. Even with that, the leafs offense is still thin and not good enough to power them through games alone.

On paper, the leafs defense is the best in the Northeast.Even if Kaberle is dealt, it will still be tops. If the leafs could get another top 6 forward and a solid top 9, they could become a threat.

Their goaltending has Giguere, a former Conn Smythe winner on the losing end and then won a Stanley cup. He can either play like he did when the ducks reached the finals, or he can play how he did when he lost his job to Jonas Hiller. Gustavsson showed flashes of being a good goalie and with a better defensive core this up coming season, he could very well be a solid goaltender.

The leafs are an enigma. With the team they have on paper, they could squeeze in, or they could battle for 4th in the East, or they can finish last again.

Toronto's overall Northeast Ranking: ? (Offense 4th Defense 1st Goaltending 3rd)


I only did it out of 4 for the final rankings overall, but talked about being 5th, or whatever in the write up.

For Montréal, their offense is 3rd, goaltending 4th, defense 3rd, or 4th depending on how people view it. I'd put it at 3rd, myself.

Though, looking things over, the leafs could either do what they're expected to do, or surprise.
You forgot some players.
Savard, Ennis....

Who is this Connolley/Connelly guy?

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How anyone is confident in this team going into the season is beyond me.

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Montreals going to rock the northeast.

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I think that there is another thread from not too long ago about the same topic...

as I see it, with the rosters being what they are right now (but knowing that there are still some changes likely/possible), it looks to me that we'll be in a dog fight not to end up in the bottom.

my feeling is that it will play out like this:
boston
ottawa-buffalo
montreal- toronto

in the division, boston and buffalo are the only "sure" bets in between the pipes. I suppose that you could argue that Rask is no more of a sure bet than Price, but the fact that they "still" (and he could be moved before the season starts) Thomas means that they are far more secure in nets that we are with Auld as the "failsafe".

much like in 07-08, if things go the way we want them to, we could easily find ourselves competing with boston, but because we are so reliant on young, unproven, players to step up and play significant roles, and to avoid the injury bug, it's hard not to see us in a very similar situation as last year ( though i expect toronto to be better, so staying out of the division basement will be that much harder).

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No matter what a team looks like at the beginning of the season, the games still have to be played.
Pundits and fans can predict whatever their little heart desires, they will all be wrong about something.

I don't think that the Habs are as bad as some make them out to be (likely to Halak's departure) and they're probably not as good as their run to the conference final may indicate.

In all likelihood they should make the playoffs if relatively healthy throughout the season

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Montreal's D is better than TO's and OTT, Ottawa being very close.

And if you think TO is gonna still be good on defense without Kaberle, you are kidding yourself.

I guess somebody's in love with big Dmen who do knucklehead moves.

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