Originally Posted by rondo
Until a team can prove otherwise the bruins are still the toughest on paper and more importantly in the ice. Chara, Thornton , Lucic , Campbell , Macquaid play on a nightly basis. Sabers & islanders have upgraded and should make for some great games in the eastern conference.
Bingo. That's the key.... and in recent years they not only played, but haven't been shy about playing a physical intimidating style. It's not about who is on the roster if they're scratched or playing 45 seconds a game.
The Isles may give them a run for their money if Carkner gets back to old form and Boulton plays regularly....
Perhaps the Rangers with Rupp, Asham, Bickell and perhaps Haley if they all play would be a bitch to play against too.
Only if John Scott
actually dresses, and finally lives up to his expectations by wrecking top HW's will the Sabres even be in the running IMO.