Overall, I would say the east got weaker. Boston got considerably worse, and I would argue that Pittsburgh and New York got worse as well. The only team in the east that I think got a lot better is Washington and does anyone think Washington can be any kind of threat anymore with no goalies and Ovi no longer caring about anything but goals?
Of course this could just be wishful thinking, but doesn't it seem like we're lined up to make a trade for a top 4 defenseman? We've been connected to several top guys (Myers, Yandle, Green(?), Edler(?)) through various rumors from credible sources. I won't call this offseason a failure until Holland at least has a chance to pull off a trade.
I think Detroit will be a borderline playoff team at worst. At best, they will enjoy a less injury-plagued season with Nyquist and the kids continuing to break out and with Mantha getting some playing time. I could see us potentially contending for the 1-2 spot in the Atlantic Division if we can avoid injuries (and aren't we due for some luck from the hockey gods on the injury front?)
Edited by wingsfan4795, 02 July 2014 - 12:54 AM.