At SI, Stu Hackel looks at the identities each of the new divisions could develop starting this season.
Hackel notes that the Rangers division, the Metropolitan, is pretty much the old Patrick Division plus the Hurricanes and Blue Jackets and the Patrick Division was considered the most intense based on the bitter rivalries between each of the teams.
Those rivalries, as Hackel writes, have not faded.
Adam Rotter: Beyond the teams the Rangers came over from the Atlantic division with, each of the new teams in the division has their own direct storyline with the Rangers. The Rangers can Capitals play nearly every year in the playoffs, Columbus and the Rangers have made two big trades with each other and Carolina has the Staal brothers and the potential that Marc could join them down the line.