Weber for President? Power Ranking the Top Five Presidents' Trophy Contenders

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Weber for President? Power Ranking the Top Five Presidents' Trophy Contenders
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If Shea Weber does go to Philly, the hierarchy in the East will change.

The hockey world has been engulfed with some big name signings this offseason.

Zach Parise left New Jersey to go to Minnesota. Ryan Suter left Nashville and joined him.

Shea Weber signed a 10-year, $110 million offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers. The Predators have a week to match that offer.

Does that make the Flyers Presidents' Trophy favorites?

While a lot can still change in the next few months, these big names changing places has caused a shift in the NHL hierarchy.

Perennial powers like the Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins are still favorites among their respective conferences, but are they the best team in the NHL?

Are the defending Stanley Cup champions Los Angeles Kings the best team in the NHL?

If Sidney Crosby is back for 82 games are the Penguins still the favorite? Vegas says so with 7-1 odds.

Have the Minnesota Wild become one of the top teams in the NHL with all the money they spent this offseason?

This is an early power ranking of the five teams I think will be contending for the Presidents' Trophy. Also, this assumes that Weber will be in Flyer orange in 2012-13.

As always, post your own power rankings if you disagree.

There is still a lot left to be determined this offseason. Teams don't know who will or won't develop. Other signings and trades could factor in. Injuries are always optimism killers.

With the NHL considering realignment, maybe they should consider making the Atlantic Division its own conference, just a thought.

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