Wednesday, February 29, 2012

NHL Power Ranking - Week 21

No trades. No minor league call ups. No coaching changes. No wins. But MLSE continues to make money so where is the problem? There never is any urgency to make moves when the bank accounts are full.

Pierre LeBrun at ESPN was very generous. In the middle of a losing streak he bumps up the Leafs in his power rankings.

TSN - 17th (-3)

Their only win in the last nine games was in OT at Edmonton, but the Maple Leafs couldn't pull the trigger on any deadline deals, aside from a prospect swap with Tampa Bay. It may be best not to sacrifice the future, but hard to imagine this group being good enough to reach the playoffs, barring a dramatic upgrade in goaltending performance.

ESPN - 20th (+1)

No Rick Nash, no Evgeni Nabokov ... well, no anything. The Leafs have to get into the playoffs with their current group.

CBS Sports - 21st (-6)

No major moves for the Maple Leafs ahead of the trade deadline, and they're going to continue to roll with James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson in net.

Fox Sports
- 23rd (-3)

Neither James Reimer nor Jonas Gustavsson has been able to stop the Leafs’ skid. Losers of eight of nine and three points out of a playoff spot with 20 games remaining, Toronto faces an important next two weeks.

The Hockey News
- 23rd (-7)

February swoon has local media, fans clamoring for all kinds of change, but Leafs eschew quick fixes and stay the course

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