Around The Division: Looking At What The Senators’ Rivals Have Done So Far

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The Lightning have some top-end talent up front, and despite missing the playoffs last season could be a threat this season.

May 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) and Detroit Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula (51) battle for the puck in the second period in game three of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

OUTVincent Lecavalier (bought out, signed in Philadelphia), Benoit Pouliot (signed with NYR), Mathieu Garon (UFA)

IN:  Valtteri Filppula (UFA)

ARE THEY BETTER TODAY THAN THE END OF THE SEASON?  If Jonathan Druoin steps right in, they could have a potent first line with him, Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis.  Swapping Lecavalier for Filppula is pretty much a wash.  They should contend for a playoff spot but not sure how much better they will be.