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Power Rankings: As deadline passes, powers primed for push

by | Staff Writer

Updated Feb. 28

So did anyone improve their chances of winning the Stanley Cup on NHL trade deadline day? Not likely, although the Vancouver Canucks did get a little deeper by adding Chris Higgins and Maxim Lapierre to their fourth line.

Meanwhile, the Washington Capitals might have changed their dynamic a little by trading for Jason Arnott and Dennis Wideman, while the Los Angeles Kings didn't hurt themselves by inserting Dustin Penner in their talented and youthful lineup.

Playoff hopefuls like the Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes brought in some veteran help with Fredrik Modin and Bryan Allen respectively, but most of those considered to be legitimate contenders did their tweaking long before the presumed frenzy erupted.

Everybody was looking as the deadline approached, but with the races, particularly the West, being as tight as they are, there were far more buyers than sellers. And the prices sellers sought might have made gouge-happy oil companies blush.

That's why powerhouses like Philadelphia, San Jose, Boston and even Tampa Bay did their shopping early. Except for the Bruins' acquisition of defenseman Tomas Kaberle from Toronto, none of the contenders did anything particularly eye-opening, but everyone seemed to fill a need or at last get a little deeper.

How much that will mean when the playoffs roll around remains to be seen. In the meantime, the Power Rankings through Sunday night's games:


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