There are a few things that make the Atlantic so difficult to predict. For one, last year it had four teams make the playoffs: the New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins. Second, the division also features not only the Stanley Cup champion, but last year's owner of the first overall selection, the New York Islanders. With such a variety, even though one team may have an upper hand, it's still wide open once the season starts.
2008/09 Record: 45-28-9, 99 points, fourth in East—Won Stanley Cup in seven games over Detroit Red Wings.
Additions: Brent Johnson—G (2 years/$2 mil.), Jay McKee—D (1 year/$800 K), Michael Rupp—F (2 years/$1.65 mil), Wade Brookbank—F (FA).
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Article written by Bryan Thiel