Re: NHL thread. 2011-12 season.
Because the Bruins did nothing to improve their team while pretty much every other contender in the east did. It's a new season. Given the line-ups I see the Flyers being better. If Tim Thomas plays like he did last year then it could be a different story.
Flyers retooled and have given quite capable guys a bigger role. Jagr is a great pick up. As old as he is he can still go. They got the best goalie available in the off-season and the best goalie they've had since before Ron Hextall. I wouldn't really say the changed the entire outlook and if they did it's to actually having a goalie they can be confident in which it only a good thing.
Devils have nothing going on D, at all. Brodeur is in the twilight zone. Forwards are either injury prone, aging or just not that great. I'm not sure how you can say the Devils top 6 are better than the Flyers top 6. I guess you just don't value some of them very high.
Habs have a terrible defence. Even when they get Markov back he's only 1 guy. They lost 2 of their best in the off-season and didn't replace them.
Maple Leafs - Raptors - Steelers - Blue Jays - Florida State