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Morning Skate: The stars align

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Well, some stars. And some bad teams.

Ottawa Senators v Boston Bruins Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

Thursday is upon us, and we continue to get little details about the (hopefully) upcoming NHL season.

Yesterday’s mini news was the revelation of the presumed new division alignment. One version of this realignment was shared a few weeks back by ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski, and while his looked a little different than this, he confirmed that this was the current one.

If multiple people are reporting it, we can probably count on it at this point.

It looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of the Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Washington Capitals.

Sayonara, Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Senators, and the state of Florida!

Interestingly, the last one of these had Carolina lumped in with this group. It appears that they’ll be playing in a hybrid southeast-midwest division.

If this is the Bruins’ division, you have to think they’re at worst the third-best team, right?

You could make an argument for the Flyers being a legitimate threat, and maybe one of the Penguins or Caps. I still don’t really buy the Islanders, but it’s going to be a short season, so...anything can happen!

Today’s highlight

That’s Glen Murray scoring a whole bunch of goals, and it’s Murray in the photo atop this post too.

I once had a chance to bid on a Glen Murray All-Star Game jersey on eBay several years back, while he was playing for the Bruins. It ruled.

I forgot to bid on it. It ended up selling for like $20. I still think about it.

Today’s discussion topic

How would you rank the teams in the Bruins’ division?