Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings
The Olympics are over, and the injuries took their toll. John Tavares is done for the season after hurting his knee in the Olympics, and there’s little reason for anybody to go to an Islanders game over the next few months. Henrik Zetterberg finally succumbed to a back injury that’s been an off throughout the season. Paul Martin broke his hand and will be out for much of the rest of the regular season, and Carey Price has been sitting out games for the Canadiens.
Taken one at a time the injuries aren’t horrendous, but some teams know that injuries are less excuse, and more just being in the wrong time at the wrong place. Tavares will be the poster boy for the NHL owners as they look for ways to steer the players away from the Olympics, or at least create their own moneymaking World Cup tournament in one of the league’s non-Olympic years.
Everyone will want to get their way about the future participation of the Olympics, but it seems clear that many things just make fiscal sense before there’s a yeah or nay decision.
With the teams finally over the Olympic break, here are the rankings: