pcm wrote:Tampa has some young players stepping up for them in a good way. Looks like they might successfully complete a "rebuild on the fly" not so dissimilar from Anaheim... At this point they're a top 10 defensive team, which is pretty impressive when Matt Carle is your #1 (about equivalent to Niskanen being out top guy all season).
I'd say that both Tampa and Washington have the ability to upset a Pit/Bos and come out of the East. I wouldn't talk about them as contenders in quite the same way, but they're definitely wildcards.
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