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Sunday Morning Power Rankings: Post Free Agency

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Apr 13, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson (5) skates with the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Bruins 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

14. New Jersey Devils:

Significant Additions: Mike Cammalleri, Martin Havlat, Scott Clemmensen

The Devils were praised for their free agent signings in Cammalleri, Havlat, and Clemmensen. The Devils then did not resign the DONE Martin Broduer. Instead they gave their new franchise goalie Cory Schneider a contract extension. With Schneider playing more this season, the Devils could find themselves back in the playoffs.

13. Philadelphia Flyers:

Significant Additions: Nick Schultz, Blair Jones, RJ Umberger,

This ranking is probably too high for the Flyers. They traded away Scott Hartnell for RJ Umberger. Umberger is a huge risk and probably will not equal Hartnell’s production. The Flyers also don’t have a good enough goalie to win the Stanley Cup in Steve Mason. Well that is according to Jeremy Roenick, so we can take that with a grain of salt.

12. Columbus Blue Jackets:

Significant Additions: Scott Hartnell

The Blues Jackets added a big piece in Scott Hartnell. It was a brilliant move by the Blue Jackets. With the Blue Jackets coming so close in the Penguins series adding Hartnell might be the move to push them into the next round of the playoffs.

11. Tampa Bay Lightning:

Significant Additions: Anton Stralman, Brian Boyle, Evgeni Nabokov, Ryan Callahan, Jason Garrison

The Lighting locked up their defense in front of Ben Bishop and brought back a natural leader in Callahan. The biggest upgrade for the Lightning this season will be a healthy Steven Stamkos. A healthy Steven Stamkos will make the biggest difference for the Lightning this season.

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