Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The deadline and the standings

What follows is a look at the standings with teams ranked based on the point pace they're on, with the right hand column indicating the relative improvement (or step back) of the teams' roster based on moves made the past two days.

I'm including Peter Forsberg and Vinny Prospal in this table.

>>> indicates a team was made considerably stronger
<<< indicates a team was made considerably weaker

RK Team P% /82 TR
1 NJD 62.5% 102.5 >
2 PIT 61.7% 101.2 >>>
3 OTT 60.9% 99.9 -
4 MTL 60.2% 98.7 <
5 BOS 58.1% 95.3 -
6 NYR 56.3% 92.3 -
7 PHI 54.8% 89.9 >
8 BUF 54.8% 89.9 <
9 CAR 53.8% 88.2 -
10 NYI 52.3% 85.8 -
11 WSH 51.6% 84.6 >>
12 TOR 49.2% 80.7 <
13 FLA 48.5% 79.5 -
14 ATL 48.4% 79.4 <<
15 TBL 46.0% 75.4 <<

RK Team P% /82 TR
1 DET 69.2% 113.5 -
2 DAL 63.4% 104.0 >>
3 ANA 59.8% 98.1 >
4 SJS 59.7% 97.9 >>
5 CGY 58.6% 96.1 -
6 VAN 58.1% 95.3 -
7 MIN 57.9% 95.0 -
8 NSH 56.3% 92.3 -
9 PHX 54.8% 89.9 -
10 COL 54.7% 89.7 >>>
11 STL 52.4% 85.9 <
12 CBJ 52.3% 85.8 <<
13 CHI 51.6% 84.6 <
14 EDM 49.2% 80.7 -
15 LAK 43.8% 71.8 <

The point being here is that teams near the top are likely to be buyers, Stanley Cup contenders looking to solidify their position, and those at the bottom are prepping for next season.

In the west, no one in playoff position took a step back, although quite a few teams stood pat. In the east, Montreal and Buffalo sold off fairly key cogs for various reasons.

On paper, Washington and Colorado should be the teams to watch for, but it doesn't always work out that way.



At 8:23 a.m., February 27, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) We would disagree that the Penguins are a 3>>>. Was the penguins weakness in scoring? If not, how will Hossa make them much better?
2) In our opinion losing guys who are hard working role players who can chip in offensively/are well liked by team mates is an intangible negative that shouldn't be overlooked
3) Has Hossa in his NHL career shown to be a clutch playoff performer? After all this is a clear rental. If he fails in the post season it was a colossal blunder!

At 10:49 a.m., February 27, 2008, Blogger Hooks Orpik said...


Alfredsson and just about every other long-time Senator weren't considered playoff performers until last year.

Hossa put up 16 points (5th in the league, I believe) in 18 games in 2003, so you can't say he's a total goat.

The Penguins still have a bevy of hard-working players and role players (Talbot, Kennedy, Ruutu, Taffe, soon Hall and maybe The Gary Roberts) but what they didn't have until 2:53 yesterday was a winger who could keep up with Crosby. Now they do.

Is it risky for the future? You bet! Could this look like a terrible deal if/when another team signs Hossa July 1? Absolutely. Is there a way to keep this team together for long? Probably not.

But there is no doubt Hossa to the Pens makes them, in my eyes, the clear team to beat in the East this season. And they weren't at this time yesterday.

That's what you call an upgrade.

At 10:55 a.m., February 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually I believe that, along with defensive toughness, scoring is one of the two biggest Penguin weaknesses -- secondary scoring, that is. They have high scoring individuals, but as a team they get little from lines 2-4. Hossa allows the team to keep the Malkin-Sykora-Malone line intact when Crosby returns, so this trade basically gives them a whole new scoring line.

At 11:09 a.m., February 27, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

If Colorado even makes the playoffs. Their goaltending still sucks

At 11:23 a.m., February 27, 2008, Anonymous dmg said...

I agree with Faux to an extent, mostly that the Penguins didn't necessarily need to upgrade the way they did with Hossa.

It may be homerism, but I think Washington is definitely a contender for most improved team, not only for getting the players they did, but for picking up guys who will likely be good fits.

At 11:06 p.m., February 27, 2008, Blogger The Seeker said...

Don't be too surprised when the Penguins DO sign Hossa if they CHOOSE to.

He's first got to live up to the expectations.

But Shero was animate about saying they could afford him when the time comes.

Team chemistry in the locker room didn't equate very well to goals on the ice for Christensen and they got Gill and Dupuis!


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