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Preseason Primer: Northeast

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Wes Goldstein's take: Montreal upgraded its attack by acquiring left wing Alex Tanguay and enforcer Georges Laraque ... Craig Hartsburg is now calling the shots as Ottawa's coach. On paper, this lineup still looks deep enough to get to the playoffs ... The Bruins did nothing of consequence over the summer to improve themselves. When your major offseason moves are signing Michael Ryder and Stephane Yelle, it's hard to suggest that your team is any better ... Buffalo still has the kind of lineup speed that brought it success. But with so many key components having left for monetary reasons in the interim, this team has quickly fallen back into the pack ... No one is likely to upstage the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have officially laid claim to the title of most dysfunctional franchise over the course of this calendar year. Full Story

 
Boston Bruins
Location
Ristuccia Memorial Arena, Wilmington, Mass.
Practice begins
Sept. 20
Key Additions
Michael Ryder, RW
Key Subtractions
Alex Auld, G; Glen Metropolit, C
Rookies to watch
• Matt Lashoff, D; Tukka Rask, G
Keep an eye on: Patrice Bergeron, C
Bergeron returns to the lineup after missing most of last season with a severe concussion. It is probably only a matter of time before he returns to his elite form, but the center may need to take a couple of hits to regain his confidence.
 
Buffalo Sabres
Location
HSBC Arena, Buffalo, N.Y.
Practice begins
Sept. 20
Key Additions
Patrick Lalime, G; Craig Rivet, D
Key Subtractions
Dmitri Kalinin, D; Steve Bernier, RW
Rookies to watch
• Jhonas Enroth, G; Nathan Gerbe, C
Keep an eye on: Andrej Sekera, D
After spending the last two seasons splitting time between the NHL and AHL, Sekera will take on more responsibility as a regular. A strong camp could lead to the blueliner taking on some of the workload of former Sabre Brian Campbell.
 
Location
Bell Centre, Montreal, Que.; Verdun Auditorium, Verdun, Que.
Practice begins
Sept. 20
Key Additions
Georges Laraque, RW; Alex Tanguay, LW
Key Subtractions
Michael Ryder, RW; Mark Streit, D
Rookies to watch
• Max Pacioretty, LW; P.K. Subban, D
Keep an eye on: Carey Price, G
Price showed unbelievable poise during his first season as the Habs' starter, but unraveled during the playoffs. Price needs to confirm his meltdown was nothing more than a case of rookie jitters.
 
Ottawa Senators
Location
Scotiabank Place & Bell Sensplex, Ottawa, Ont.
Practice begins
Sept. 16
Key Additions
Filip Kuba, D; Jason Smith, D
Key Subtractions
Andrej Meszaros, D; Wade Redden, D
Rookies to watch
• Erik Karlsson, D; Brian Lee, D
Keep an eye on: Martin Gerber, G
With Ray Emery no longer serving as a distraction, the Senators are leaning on Gerber as their No. 1. He needs to develop some consistency, but that may not be an issue since Gerber is in the final year of his contract.
 
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Ont. Practice begins
Sept. 20
Key Additions
Jeff Finger, D; Niklas Hagman, RW
Key Subtractions
Bryan McCabe, D; Darcy Tucker, C
Rookies to watch
• Justin Pogge, G; Luke Schenn, D
Keep an eye on: Nik Antropov, C
Antropov managed to stay healthy and finished second among Leafs in goals and points for a career year. Should Mats Sundin does not return for another season, the Leafs will need even more from the good-sized forward.
 
 
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