wprager wrote:Who within *our* Division has gotten better? I seriously doubt that Seguin will make a difference in Boston in his first year -- their success rests on Rask *not* suffering a sophomore slump and their forwards staying out of injury troubles. Buffalo didn't get better and even with our slew of injuries we were battling them for the lead almost to the end. Sure, some of their players had sub-standard years and will probably do better this year but -- hello? -- so did every team in the league, including the Sens. Montreal squeaked into the playoffs and then traded their MVP. P.K. Subban will find it awfully tough to replace Markov the first month or two. They will be in tough to make the playoffs, IMO. Toronto got a little better since it's pretty difficult to get worse. But did they get *enough* better to pass the Sens? I'm not part of the Toronto Media Elite so I don't have to say "yes".
Boston *should* be better than they were last year, but so should the Sens. Which team will show more of a rebound *may* determine the NE champs. Yes, Buffalo is a dark horse -- they always are with Miller between the pipes -- but I think they're in trouble even with him.
I guess we'll begin to see who is (more) right in about 4 weeks
Honestly, I do think the Sens will do well this year. But I don't want to overrate them too much (which is why I think 6-8th place). If all goes well, and players bring it, I can easily say we will end up top of the division. In our division, the problem is is that both buffalo and boston have potential. If Miller plays like he did last year, Buffalo is good. If not, Buffalo stinks. And Boston could have a pretty decent offensive system and if Rask plays well, another decent team. If not, well the team falls a bit.
IMO Buffalo, Boston, and Ottawa could all be top, depending on which team utilizes what they have. I do have faith in the Sens though, and they should be better than last year. I love the fact that all players are in it to work hard and work as a team. It will make the team WAY better!
Either way, I think this year will be awesome to watch, and think the Sens will really bring it! The team has trained hard, and everyone seems TOTALLY gung ho! So I'm sooo excited.