2011-2012 NHL Season: Predicting Atlantic Division Standings After Flyers Trades

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2011-2012 NHL Season: Predicting Atlantic Division Standings After Flyers Trades
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On Thursday, the Philadelphia Flyers gave their roster a major overhaul when they traded away leading goal scorer Jeff Carter and team captain Mike Richards.

Carter was sent to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Jakub Voracek and the eighth overall pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft, while Richards was sent to the Los Angeles Kings for Wayne Simmonds, Oscar Moller, Brayden Schenn and a second-round pick in the 2012 draft.

In addition, the Flyers signed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year contract, making him the starting goaltender the Flyers desperately needed.

These moves make an impact not just on Philadelphia, but on their rivals in the Atlantic Division as well. Both Richards and Carter were dangerous forwards, and Bryzgalov is a solid netminder even while playing behind less talented Phoenix Coyotes squads.

Although teams are nowhere near close to settling their rosters for the 2011-12 season, I decided to speculate and make very early predictions for how the division will shake out next year. The order of this slideshow will be with the top team first and then the rest of the teams ranked from there.

What do you think will happen next season?

As always, let me know in the comments.

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