Don't look now, but the NHL regular season is fast approaching. We thought it would be a good time to look at the four new divisions and the odds for each team to be crowned division champion in the new-look set up, starting with the Atlantic Division.
Odds courtesy of William Hill.
Boston Bruins (+225)
The B's are coming off a great playoff run that ultimately ended in heartache as the Chicago Blackhawks prevailed in six grueling games in the Stanley Cup finals. Priority No. 1 was to reup with star goaltender Tuukka Rask, which the franchise promptly did. They also offloaded Tyler Seguin to Dallas in return for proven commodity Loui Eriksson.
In: Jarome Iginla, Loui Eriksson
Out: Rich Peverley, Tyler Seguin, Nathan Horton, Jaromir Jagr
Montreal Canadiens (+400)
A very successful regular season ended abruptly with the Habs ousted by the Ottawa Senators in the opening round of the playoffs. Defenseman P.K. Subban had a monster season and won the Norris Trophy as the league's top d-man and could be on the verge of superstardom.
In: Danny Briere, Douglas Murray
Out: Blake Geoffrion
Detroit Red Wings (+450)
The Wings will finally play in a conference geographically suited to the city. Detroit squeaked its way into the postseason in 2013 and with the new division and conference, will look for the lighter travel schedule to aid the team into the playoffs a lot easier this time around.
In: Daniel Alfredsson, Stephen Weiss
Out: Valtteri Filppula
Toronto Maple Leafs (+450)
The Leafs had an excellent season and were cruelly eliminated from the postseason by the Bruins in a series that could only be seen to be believed. With that memory suppressed, the Leafs are ready to improve on last season's showing and play deeper into the playoffs. The offense is loaded and the squad got a boost between the pipes with Jonathan Bernier coming over from Los Angeles.
In: Jonathan Bernier, Dave Bolland, David Clarkson
Out: Matt Frattin, Ben Scrivens, Mikhail Grabovski
Ottawa Senators (+650)
To improve on a very good 2012-13 season - which saw the franchise win a playoff series - the Sens must remain healthy. The franchise was bitten hard by the injury bug as Erik Karlsson, Craig Anderson and Jason Spezza each missed huge chunks of time. The squad is young, deep and progressing game in, game out. A swap with Anaheim, which brought sniper Bobby Ryan to the team, could be just what the offense needs.
In: Bobby Ryan, Clarke MacArthur
Out: Daniel Alfredsson, Jakob Silfverberg, Sergei Gonchar
Tampa Bay Lightning (+750)
The Lightning finished second last in the Eastern Conference, but the poor season enabled the team to draft the highly touted Jonathan Drouin with their first pick in the draft. But scoring was never the problem. Keeping the puck out of the net is the Achilles heel with this team. Hopefully, a full season out of goalie Ben Bishop and some improved blueline play moves the team in the right direction.
In: Valtteri Filppula, Jonathan Drouin
Buffalo Sabres (+3300)
Could things be any worse for the Buffalo Sabres? When Terry Pegula bought the franchise in 2010, many thought it was the start of something special. They spent money, but seemingly in all the wrong areas, or on players that just didn't fit. They failed to make the postseason for the second-straight season and are now in rebuild mode.
Florida Panthers (+5000)
The Panthers finished last in the Eastern Conference last season, but boast the 2012-13 rookie of the year Jonathan Huberdeau. The Panthers had the second pick in the draft and took a mini gamble on Aleksander Barkov instead of taking Drouin or Seth Jones. The Panthers are young and frisky, but a long way away from making any real noise in the division.
In: Aleksander Barkov, Scott Gomez
Out: Stephen Weiss, George Parros