This year will be different in the East!!! I am still a Bomber Fan and Alway's Will Be, i am alway's going to be uneasy and insecure about the BB'S as long as "waterboy" Taman is around. As for Montreal being the team to beat, i don't think so this year, they are on a decline and the slope is steep, especially with an aging Cavillo leading the team. Toronto has some holes to fill, but simply they will still be a strong team in the East, they want to play a GC on there own turf. Hamilton is much improved on paper, but then again i said that last year, but i will say that they will be stronger this year and may surprise anyone.
Red, the east isn't much weaker than the West, Edmonton has shown they can actually suck, and look to be "Re-Building" as you put it. Saskatchewan doesn't look any better than last year, maybe even a last place team if Joseph goes down and BC is just as strong as last year, and they are the champs. As for Calgary, i didn't see anything positive in the off-season from the Stamps yet, the D is still weak and Burris is not much of a better starter than Glenn is, and has shown that he can be very inconsistant, one bad year for HANK and it's to the basement the Stamps go. One of the best Recieving group in the league, i won't argue that, but every other team seems to have a pretty good looking recieving Group this year.
The West will be tighter this year as will the East, it is any teams year and the BB'S and the Stamps seem to be pretty evenly matched. So judging by your prediction, sounds like you think the West is a tougher conference, if that is the case, than you have to admit that the Stamps could finish last this year.