Sunday Morning Power Rankings: Post Free Agency
Apr 13, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Ville Leino (23) skates with the puck against the New York Islanders at First Niagara Center. Islanders beat Buffalo 4 to 3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
With the free agent frenzy period now long past. We are now entering the dog days of the NHL offseason. Here comes the latest edition of the Sunday Morning Power rankings.
Now onto the rankings:
30. Buffalo Sabres:
Significant Additions: Matt Moulson, Brian Gionta, Josh Gorges, Andrej Meszaros, Cody McCormick, Tyler Ennis
Despite the additions the Sabres made this offseason, they will not be a competitive team. The Sabres enter this season with no clear choice at goal tender. Last season was bad for the Sabres, this season could be worse.
29. Florida Panthers:
Significant Additions: Jussi Jokinen, AL Montoya, Willie Mitchell, Dave Bolland, Shawn Tornton, Derek MacKenize.
The Panthers spent a lot of money this offseason and they did not get much better. Bolland is a nice player but not worth the money. The only hope for improvement with the Panthers is with their young players. Rumor has it the Panthers will be moved out of Florida to Seattle in a few years.
28. Vancouver Canucks:
Significant Additions: Ryan Miller, Radim Vrbata
The Canucks are in rebuilding mode and could be this way for a long time. The addition of Ryan Miller does not make the Canucks that much better. Expect the Canucks to be bottom feeders for the next few years.
27. Carolina Hurricanes:
Significant Additions: Jay McClement, Brad Malone
The Hurricanes resigned most of their own players which makes them pretty much the same team as they were last year. They were 36-35-11 last season and they seem to be head back that way again this year.
26. Edmonton Oliers:
Significant Additions: Mark Fayne, Teddy Purcell, Benoit Pouliot, Keith Aulie, Nikita Nikitin
The Oilers took a chance in free agency and spent some money. The moves they made are very risky but hopefully will pay for the languishing Oilers faithful. They do seem to have figured out their goalie situation with Viktor Fasth and Ben Scrivens.
25. Winnipeg Jets:
Significant Additions: Mathieu Perreault
Perreault is a nice addition at the center position for the Jets but that will not be enough to make them a playoff team. The Jets were 37-35-10 last season. The Jets were a below average last season and this season it will be more of the same.