Hmm; I agree that everyone in the Metro Division made moves, but I'm not sure they all got better:
> Penguins sent Kessel and his 82 points packing and picked up Galchenyuk and their goaltending is shaky;
> The Caps traded a top four defenseman Niskanen plus forward Burakovsky; plus an old team is all a year older
> The Islanders are the same team as last year, except this season they have a streaky goal tender replacing a Vezina finalist;
> Philly WAY overpaid for Kevin Hayes in a deal that will not help them short term and will hurt them long term (although they do have a young goalie that could be a difference maker in the future);
> I'll grant you, NJD and NYR caught lightning in a bottle and drafted one -- two and made other good moves (Panarin and Subban among others) but they had a lot of room for improvement.
Carolina is a good young team with a very solid defense, but their goaltending is still suspect.
IMO the Division is wide open. We will see; it will be an interesting year.