Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings
The trade chatter has all but dried up with so many teams rebounding strongly after poor starts to the season. Take the Ottawa Senators for instance: GMs might have been licking their chops at the potential availability of some veteran players on a team like Ottawa after they staggered out of the starting gate.
The Bruins certainly would have loved a shot at a defensive warrior like Chris Phillips as a temporary replacement for Dennis Seidenberg. But Bryan Murray came out this week, and said the Senators will be buyers during trade season rather than sellers as he looks for some veteran helps. Other teams like the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers are in the same boat.
So now there is a lull with the trade talk among most GMs as there simply isn’t a large enough pool of quality players at palatable prices with some very clear needs created by injuries and holes on some team’s rosters. Instead they will play on, and hope that player trade pool gets bigger sometime between the Olympic break and the March 5 NHL trade deadline.
Clearly it’s still early in the power rankings season and time will tell with a lot of these teams, but here are the rankings: