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Sunday Morning Power Rankings-Free Agency Rankings

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Jun 9, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik (12) takes the puck away from New York Rangers left wing Benoit Pouliot (67) during the first period in game three of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

15. Buffalo Sabres:

Significant Additions: Matt Moulson, Brian Gionta, Josh Gorges, Andrej Meszaros, Cody McCormick

Significant Losses: Christian Erhoff, Ville Leino, Henrik Tallinder, Zenon Konopka, Rostislav Klsela, Alexander Sulzer, Kevin Porter, John Scott.

The Sabres actually had a decent free agent period. Moulson coming back was a nice pick up. They also rid themselves of Leino’s bad deal. The loss of Erhoff might the most significant for the Sabres because many viewed him as their best player last season.

14. Los Angeles Kings:

Significant Addition: Marian Gaborik, Adam Cracknell

Significant Losses: Willie Mitchell, Trevor Lewis, Colin Fraser

The Kings resigned Gaborik to an extremely cap friendly deal. After resigning Gaborik the Kings really just lost a few depth players. They are standing pat in free agency. After winning the Stanley Cup, the Kings can afford to stand pat in free agency.

13. Nashville Predators:

Significant Additions: James Neal, Olli Jokinen

Significant Losses: Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling, Michael Del Zotto, Patrick Eaves,

The Predators needed to add some offense so they traded for James Neal. This was a much needed trade for the Predators. They addressed their center issues by adding Olli Jokinen. His deal is a one year 2.5 million dollar deal.

12. Winnipeg Jets:

Significant Additions: Mathieu Perreault

Significant Losses: Devin Setoguchi, Al Montoya, Olli Jokinen, Matt Halischuk, Keaton Ellerby

Perreault is a nice addition at the center position for the Jets. Setoguchi is an addition by subtraction type of move and the rest of the players they lost can be replaced by their in the system talent.

11. St. Louis Blues:

Significant Additions: Paul Stastny

Significant Losses: Ryan Miller, Derek Roy, Steve Ott, Brenden Morrow, Adam Cracknell

Stastny is a huge sign for the Blues. He was the best player available free agency and they got him. He gives them more center depth and another offensive weapon. The Blues should be a force again in the Central Division. Not everything is perfect in St. Louis, they still do not know who their starting goalie will be.

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