EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS Atlantic Division 1. Pittsburgh Penguins: Don't forget they had to rally just to win the Cup. Lots of young talent in the right places. 2. New Jersey Devils: Losing Brian Gionta andáJohn Madden will hurt their always-tremendous depth. They picked up Rob Neidermayer and new coach Jacques Lemaire with his passive offense. Expect offensive production to decline and defense to go up. 3. N.Y. Rangersá 4. Philadelphia Flyers: The only trade they made was the Chris Pronger deal and he's old. They flipped him and his massive salary at the expense of youth, which went back to an already good Anaheim team. Bad deal. 5. N.Y. Islanders: Not a lot here to build off of. The kidsáwill have to step up and surprise to fill holes. Dwayne Roloson is going to be busy, solid vet ...
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