NHL Power Rankings: How Trade Deadline Movement Shakes Up the League

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NHL Power Rankings: How Trade Deadline Movement Shakes Up the League
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In order to cover Wednesday’s trade deadline, TSN had nine correspondents in the field, six satellite contributors, five panelists, four insiders, four reporters, three instant analysts, a “satirical blogger,” a live blogger and a host. Canada’s Sports Leader came on the air at 7 a.m. and provided deadline coverage for 10 hours straight.

“There is a chance that TSN’s coverage leading into the 3 pm deadline will be must-see TV,” wrote Star Tribune Wild beat writer Michael Russo, one of the greatest hockey minds in the business, “for no reason other than to watch how a 30-person team can twiddle its thumbs for hours.”

But this turned out to be one of the most eventful deadlines in recent history. Seventeen trades were made on Wednesday, which tops the 16 that were completed on deadline day in 2011 and 2012. In fact, 12 trades were made from 2-3 p.m.

Safe to say, it came as a pleasant surprise to everyone…well everyone whose team improved at least.

Unlike my usual weekly power rankings, which focus heavily on recent performance (and admittedly, last week’s rankings focused way too much on recent performance—thanks again everyone for your comments!), this special post-trade-deadline slideshow looks at things through a larger scope.

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