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The NHL Power Rankings Week 16

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Jan 11, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets head coach

Claude Noel

answers questions after the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at MTS Centre. Columbus wins 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

This week in the NHL we saw the Sabres appoint a new GM in Tim Murray , Jaromir Jagr passed Super Mario on the all time scoring list, Loui Eriksson came back from IR, Ryan Getzlaf leave a game injured AND explaining the history of Canada before Team Canada was finally announced! Our two teams trending up are the New York Rangers and the St. Louis Blues. The two teams trending down are the Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars.

Onto to the rankings:

30. The Buffalo Sabres 12-26-5: The Sabres hired Tim Murray as there GM on Thursday. This has been hailed by experts as a great move. A under the radar move coupled with the Murray signing is that Greg Patrick will be a special advisor to Murray. The Sabres might be finally headed in the right direction.

29: Edmonton Oilers 15-27-5: The Oilers are so desperate to generate something positive, they are going to move Sam Gagner to wing from center. They might want to improve on their last ranked defense. They are 30th in goals against average.

28. Calgary Flames 15-23-6: Coach Bob Hartley came out said earlier this week about the status of the team, “We’re not going to say it’s okay to lose” . Well The Flames have lost two in a row and are 2-7-1 in their last ten games.

27. Winnipeg Jets 19-23-5: The Jets have been scuffling lately. They have lost five in a row. They are 3-7-0 in their last ten games.  The Jets did decided to build for their future, they signed Ryan Olsen  and Nic Patan to entry level contracts. On Sunday 1/12/13 Claude Noel was relieved of his duties. Paul Maurice is the new head coach.

26. Florida Panthers 17-21-7:There is not much to be excited about in Florida this season. There fans will see two panthers play for their respective countries in the Olympics. Tomas Kopecky will play for Slovakia and Aleksander Barkov will play for Russia. This is Kopecky second selection and Barkov first.