he Northeast division had the second best winning percentage in the league last year at .561. Like the Northwest, theyÆre catering to some of the more rabid fan bases in hockey and so tend to spend and at times overspend every year. When Montreal, Toronto, or Ottawa donÆt have a big new free agent signing by July thereÆs some screaming going on. Boston has gotten into the same boat and has found itself in huge cap trouble this year. IÆd expect Ottawa and Toronto to improve marginally and Boston to slip back a bit this year. Montreal and the only inactive northeastern team, Buffalo, should mill around just where they were last year. á Boston Bruins Boston was the best team in the regular season in the east last year. They swept the Canadians in the first round. They then took too long ...
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