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NHL Power Rankings Week 21

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Mar 1, 2014; Vancouver, BC, Canada; Vancouver Canucks forward

Ryan Kesler

(17) during practice the day before the Heritage Classic hockey game against the Ottawa Senators at BC Place. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL resumed play this week with a bang! We had Martin St. Louis demand a trade to the New York Rangers. Ryan Kesler wants out of Vancouver. Ryan Miller was freed from the last place Sabres and sent to the first place St. Louis Blues. The NHL Stadium Series ended with the Blackhawks completely dominating the Penguins and the Rangers and Flames looks to retain their core players. There was very few games this week so, the Lighting and Penguins are down, while the Blues and Rangers are up.  In this week’s ranking we will give the teams trade deadline status.

Now onto to the rankings:

30. The Buffalo Sabres 18-34-8: The Buffalo Sabres made a big splash before the trade deadline. The Sabres dealt Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to the St. Blues for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier a prospect and two draft picks. The picks are a first rounder in 2015 and a third rounder in 2016. The Sabres now are in full rebuilding mode. Pat LaFontaine president of hockey operations for the Sabres resigned this week. He will return to the NHL as VP of development and community affairs.  Rumor has it the Sabres are not done dealing, Bob McKenize of TSN said that Stewart and Halak could be dealt before the deadline.

Trade Deadline Status: SELLER


29: Edmonton Oilers 20-34-8: If it weren’t for the Sabres, the Oilers would be the worst team in the league. The Oilers will be sellers at the trade deadline just like the Sabres. Players that could be dealt are Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner, and possibly Nail Yakupov.  As Aerosmith once sang, “It’s the same old story”.

Trade Deadline Status: SELLER


28. Florida Panthers 22-31-7: Panthers were not going to win anything this season. General Dale Talon knew this that’s why he dealt Kris Versteeg earlier this season. Now Talon is looking to deal Brad Boyes and Mike Weaver. The Panthers hope they can deal Boyles this season and resign him in the offseason. Boyles is 31 years old with no Stanley Cups, if he is smart he does not return to Florida.

Trade Deadline Status: SELLER


27. Calgary Flames 23-30-7: The Flames are trying to re-sign their core players. They resigned Matt Stajan and Kris Russell.  Stajan signed a four years and 12.5 million and Russell signed a two year deal worth 4.52 million. Their biggest chip Mike Cammalleri was offered a contract four days ago but has yet to sign it. Brian Burke needs to know Cammalleri decision soon, so he can proceed with his plans.

Trade Deadline Status: Standing Pat


26: New York Islanders 23-31-8: The Islanders lost their star John Tavares during the Olympics. The Basement dwelling Islanders must now look toward the future. Teams have been calling on Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald. McDonald is drawing interest from the Leafs, Lightning, Avs’s and Cannucks. Vanek turned down a 7 year 50 million dollar deal from the Isles. Vanek has not been playing well and has been hurting the offers the Isles have received.

Trade Deadline Status: SELLER