Man, Gary Bettman, are you sure we can't not do the whole divisional thing next year? Right after we find out Chris Pronger doesn't want to play here anymore, Luongo is a Canuck, Demitra is a Wild (is Wild?), and Tanguay is a Flame. Assuming Jose Theodore stops shitting the bed, Blake returns and Wolski steps in and is the rookie people think he will be (6pts in 9 games last year), the Avs are basically as good as they were last year (maybe a bit better, with Leopold). Calgary now has a real second scorer, Minnesota now has potentially the best line in the league (Gaborik, Rolston, Demitra seems pretty fine to me) and Vancouver has a goalie (though maybe not much to put around him).
Still, though, you'll notice the lack of teams in, say, the Central Division stocking up on All-Stars. And the Atlantic. Pacific. Southeast. I guess Toronto picked up Raycroft, which theoretically could be seen as stocking up, if you ignore last season's statistics.
This has the potential to be a very painful off-season.
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