Re: Beasts of the East
posted at 7/25/2012 9:50 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Beasts of the East
[QUOTE]I listed the 5 teams that were closest to the Bruins last year saying they all got worse. I'll leave the Rangers out because a lot of people love Nash, but do you dispute that the Flyers, Devils, Penguins, and Caps all lost a very talented player(s) while replacing them with inferior players? I don't see how it takes Bruins-coloured glasses to say that Boston is better off relative to all of those teams from last year to this. In Response to Re: Beasts of the East :
Posted by OatesCam[/QUOTE]
Oh, you could make a case, and the eternal pessimists always assume that other teams' moves will work like gangbusters. Or ghostbusters. We could refer to pessimists as Egons.
Flyers: had a strong year after enormous turnover and even though they were incorporating a number of rookies into the line-up in Read, Couturier, and Schenn, and they have a core of players 27 and under that's comparable to the Bruins's: Giroux, Simmonds, Voracek, Read, Couturier and Schenn up front, Carle, Coburn, Meszaros, Schenn, Grossman and Gustafson on D. The loss of Jagr hurts a bit, but JVR was almost a non-factor for them last year. As that young group continues to gel and collect experience, esp. Couturier, Schenn and Voracek, the Flyers could get signficantly better without adding any new players. But development is never a sure thing.
Capitals: Addition by subtraction with Semin out, though replacing him with Ribiero seems like a wash on almost every front. They had a down year "rescued" by beating the Bruins - I don't expect Ovechkin and Backstrom to struggle that mightily this year. And they clearly feel like Zach Hamill is the man to give them much needed secondary scoring....
Devils lost Parise and have little to replace him. Worse. But they should never have gotten as far as they did last year anyway.
Pens losing Staal was a blow, for sure. They're terribly thin at forward, and it seems clear they ramped up for a big FA move that never materialized. They're marginally worse than they were on paper, but they will have a healthy Crosby to start the year.
Rangers are better at the top with Nash. It remains to be seen what they've really lost by dealing Dubinsky and Anisimov.