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Sunday Morning Power Rankings: Post Free Agency

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Apr 30, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) reacts with his teammates after game seven of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center at San Jose. The Kings defeated the Sharks 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

24. San Jose Sharks:

Significant Additions: John Scott:

The Sharks will probably finish better than 24th in the NHL next season. The Sharks are still a very talented team however they are in the midst of a rebuild. They will be trying to spin off assets such as Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau during the season.

23. Calgary Flames:

Significant Additions: Jonas Hiller, Mason Raymond, Deryk Engelland, Brandon Bollig

The Flames could not retain their guy in Cammalleri and replaced him with Raymond. Raymond is not as good as Cammalleri. Jonas Hiller will be an upgrade in net for them and will help them improve this season. However the Flames did not add enough this offseason to be any better. The Flames will be bad again this season.

22. Toronto Maple Leafs:

Significant Additions: Stephanie Robidas, Matt Frattin.

The Maple Leafs CHOKED down the stretch last season. They goalie situation was a mess and they did not get good play when needed. The Maple leafs response to last season choke job. They add a 37 year defense in Robidas coming off two leg injuries last season.

21. Arizona Coyotes:

Significant Additions: Sam Gagner, Joe Vitale, Devan Dubnyk

The Coyotes tried to beat teams with good defense and good goal tending. Last season the Coyotes did not have any major offense weapons. This season is could much worse for the Coyotes as they lost their biggest gun in Radim Vrbata and Mike Riberio. The offense in the desert might have already dried up this season.

20. Nashville Predators:

Significant Additions: James Neal, Olli Jokinen

Despite the additions of Neal and Jokien, the Predators whole season hinges on the health of Pekka Rinne. Neal and Jokien will improve the very impotent Predators offense but ultimately Rinne is the engine that drives the Predators.

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