Posted by Bookboy007
What do Bruins fans cling to? As far as I can tell, many of them cling to Montreal's past as well. That's the point I was making. There are enough Montreal fans with whom you can't have a hockey discussion without them bringing up "24 Cups", even if that's totally out of context and has no relevance to the discussion. But there are likewise some Bruins fans with whom you can't even hint about the Canadiens without them making references to the Habs past and either a) trying to imply that it wasn't that great to begin with or b) trying to draw a connection from the past and the here and now when there isn't one. Both types of the fans described above are taking idiotic positions.
In any event, I wouldn't count out many of the teams that have been mentioned in this thread. In Montreal's case, the Habs have started with 7 out of 10 points, and their young goaltender has (GASP!) played pretty well. Who knows if it lasts, but considering his age and his talent, it's not out of the realm of possibility? The Bruins look to be in the battle for the NE Division championship all year as well. I don't see a whole lot separating the top from the middle in the Eastern Conference once again, and it wouldn't surprise me if we have another unpredictable playoff year. There's a ton of parity, and while the Bruins are definitely strong contenders, I'm not ready to crown them (nor anyone else) as the favourites in the East just yet.