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A Look At Some Of The Teams In The Soon To Be Renamed Division D

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

How did the Flyers’ chief nemeses do?

Let’s start with Pittsburgh, which won the No. 1 seed in the conference last season.

GM Ray Shero rolled the dice at the trade deadline, and none of the deals that brought him Jarome Iginla, Douglas Murray and Brenden Morrow panned out, as the Boston Bruins vanquished them in four games in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Shero’s biggest concern was how to re-sign Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Pascal Dupuis. Remarkably, he found a way to do it and still went out and got the best free agent stay-at-home defenseman on the market in Rob Scuderi, who was a vital part of the Pens’ 2009 Cup club. The Pens also had a couple of minor signings, but they kept their core nucleus together while also improving.

Obviously, the Penguins again will be the favorite in the East this season, especially after the losses Boston suffered in free agency -- not the least of which was the departure of Nathan Horton to laid-back and lowly Columbus -- and the trade of Tyler Seguin.

There was much anticipation that the Rangers would use a compliance buyout on Brad Richards, which would have posed an interesting dilemma for the Flyers, because Holmgren had great interest in Richards before new Rangers coach Alain Vigneault nixed the buyout in June.

Richards or Lecavalier? Who do you think the Flyers would have chosen if that had been the offering?


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I don’t believe Alain Vigneault had anything to do with the nixing of the Brad Richards buyout.. I believe Glen Sather did not want to see BR playing for the Flyers or any relatively close by Eastern Coference team.
I do believe that BR will either be bought out after the the Zuccarello arb hearing
or dealt before the season begins.
All one has to do is look at the opportunities that have opened up fotr the Devils since the Kovalychuk “retirement”.
Also, Sather may have been using his limited cap space as a way of holding down RFA’s contract demands.
I have a pretty good record at calling moves/deals etc. Let’s see how I make out on this one.

Posted by howiehockey on 07/14/13 at 12:22 PM ET

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I have a pretty good record at calling moves/deals etc. Let’s see how I make out on this one

I’m going to predict… not so good.  Mostly on account of:

I do believe that BR will either be bought out after the the Zuccarello arb hearing

That part isn’t so possible.  The window for compliance buyouts has closed for the year.  Compliance buyouts cannot be done until next season, from the time the cup final ends until the end of June.  They won’t use a normal buyout on Richards and face those consequences.  They’ll either keep him throughout his contract or buy him out next summer.  This year isn’t an option.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 07/14/13 at 12:41 PM ET

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Division D? Did I miss something…

Anyways this is a weak article. As some of the comments in the article suggests, he misses some moves made by some of the teams and doesn’t seem to realize that there are more teams their division next year.  He also writes that Kovalchuk’s departure was completely unexpected to The Devils…when in fact they have known about the possibility for a long time.

Posted by Guy Legend on 07/14/13 at 12:49 PM ET

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Posted by Guy Legend on 07/14/13 at 12:49 PM ET

That’s Tim Panaccio for you. It’s why he was dumped by the Daily News. The fact CSN hired him was probably more for some of his connections then anything but I can’t wait to see the day this guy goes away.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 07/15/13 at 09:04 AM ET

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