NHL Offseason Recap: Atlantic Division

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Apr 18, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) battles for the puck with Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (65) during the third period in game one of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. The Red Wings won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins owned the hockey world during the regular season as they finished the season with the league’s best record. After ruling the NHL regular season, the Bruins were surprisingly ousted by another Atlantic Division squad, the Montreal Canadiens, in the second round. Did Boston add any pieces that will translate to postseason success?

Meanwhile, the Canadiens were two wins away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final after knocking off the Bruins in seven games. Hopes of a successful offseason still ride on whether or not P.K. Subban signs an extension with the club.

The Detroit Red Wings reached the playoffs for the 23rd consecutive season, but failed to advance past the Bruins in the first round. Desperate for a right-hand shooting defenseman, the Red Wings coveted many potential free agents this summer. Did Ken Holland work his magic or has it worn off?

It has been a busy offseason for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, and Buffalo Sabres as all four teams made multiple moves hoping to improve on last season’s performance. The biggest move may have been the Ottawa Senators losing yet another franchise player in Jason Spezza to the Dallas Stars.

With many teams adding pieces to their puzzle, will any of them overthrow the Boston Bruins as the best team in the Atlantic Division?

Here is a breakdown of each team’s offseason in the Atlantic Division.

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