Bits: Coaches, trade rumors, and final power rankings

Some of you knew I was out in the woods late last week and through the weekend. (And some of you do not occupy yourselves with my whereabouts, and for that I conjure the graciousness in my heart to forgive you.)

Anyway, I'm only now catching up on many of the comment threads I missed -- including some of the posts I penned myself and then went back to the woods hoping I didn't write something really stupid. (So much for hope...)

Point of all this is: Some of you are really funny. There was a lot of comments gone green. The only thing better than hockey is hockey and laughter. So for all your interesting hockey thoughts and good humor, I thank you.

Now here's some hockey news going on and worth chewing or joking over...

Islanders (and ex-Islanders)

NHL and Gettin' Drafty with It

The Flyers and Ilya Bryzgalov may be close on a contract, but it's complicated, as always, with Philadelphia. Something that came up in one of the older threads: Where will Dwayne Roloson land, if he lands? If the Flyers weren't determined to finally spend big on a goalie savior, wouldn't Roli make a good mentor for Bob?

Craig Ramsey is officially done in Winnipeg before he even began. Claude Noel and Hawks assistant Michael Haviland appear to be the finalists.

Winnipeg mamas, set your daughters up with ex-Thrashers -- but act quickly and don't be too puck bunny about it.

After 58 Years, an Old Hockey Fight Gets New Life - NYTimes.com

Here are 10 sleeper picks from the CP. See any you like? I didn't think Rocco was a sleeper pick but whatever.

Colorado's Greg Sherman says what every GM says this month: We would totally trade the #2 pick, but only for something really crazy, as we really expect to get a great young player with that pick.

What was I saying? Oh yeah, GM-speak... Burke: Leafs have ‘lots of lines in the water’ | National Post

Wait, what's that about GM-speak again? ..."Tambellini has quietly taken some calls about that No. 1 pick." - The Copper & Blue

If the Avs go with Gabriel Landeskog, are they taking the easy "NHL-ready now" route and making a mistake by not shooting for the highest ceiling?

Rolling the Dice: Trading Unknown Draft Picks-Tyler Dellow

 

Final Power Rankings

I thought this was cool: Mike (but you can call him LHH user ICanSeeForIslesAndIsles, if you're not into the whole brevity thing) has been our power rankings guy all season long. The concept was simple: Don't do rankings based on pundit temperament, but based on who's beaten whom and in what way.

Except he added a wrinkle: Power rankings came from imbalanced schedules with teams playing different teams varying numbers of times, so why not carry it through during the playoffs when you get as many as seven additional matchups between two given teams. With that tabulated, after playing twenty-five extra games, Cup-winning Boston has climbed up to the second spot.

They were never catching Vancouver, even after beating them in the final. But they did climb from fourth before the Cup final series, and from eighth when the playoffs began. They were just the 13th-best team over the final two months of the season. Here's the final tally:

    W L OTL Pts Played Pts.% Pts. % /Game PWR
1 Vancouver 69 27 11 149 107 0.696 0.3822 2110
2 Boston 62 33 12 136 107 0.636 0.3576 1961
3 Detroit 54 27 12 120 93 0.645 0.3542 1955
4 San Jose 57 33 10 124 100 0.620 0.3523 1937
5 Tampa Bay 57 31 12 126 100 0.630 0.3513 1925
6 Washington 52 27 12 116 91 0.637 0.3470 1904
7 Pittsburgh 52 29 8 112 89 0.629 0.3394 1866
8 Philadelphia 51 28 14 116 93 0.624 0.3389 1859
9 Nashville 50 32 12 112 94 0.596 0.3331 1836
10 Los Angeles 48 31 9 105 88 0.597 0.3304 1820
11 Chicago 47 32 10 104 89 0.584 0.3304 1817
12 Montreal 47 31 11 105 89 0.590 0.3298 1814
13 Anaheim 49 33 6 104 88 0.591 0.3285 1808
14 Phoenix 43 30 13 99 86 0.576 0.3187 1750
15 Buffalo 46 32 11 103 89 0.579 0.3176 1747
16 Dallas 42 29 11 95 82 0.579 0.3155 1739
17 NY Rangers 45 35 7 97 87 0.557 0.3101 1699
18 Calgary 41 29 12 94 82 0.573 0.3031 1668
19 St. Louis 38 33 11 87 82 0.530 0.2937 1622
20 Carolina 40 31 11 91 82 0.555 0.2924 1609
21 Minnesota 39 35 8 86 82 0.524 0.2841 1560
22 Toronto 37 34 11 85 82 0.518 0.2824 1552
23 Columbus 34 35 13 81 82 0.494 0.2732 1505
24 New Jersey 38 39 5 81 82 0.494 0.2703 1484
25 Atlanta 34 36 12 80 82 0.488 0.2682 1476
26 NY Islanders 30 39 13 73 82 0.445 0.2458 1350
27 Florida 30 40 12 72 82 0.439 0.2454 1349
28 Ottawa 32 40 10 74 82 0.451 0.2417 1331
29 Colorado 30 44 8 68 82 0.415 0.2260 1244
30 Edmonton 25 45 12 62 82 0.378 0.2048 1130

Oh, and only 18 percent of you thought the Bruins would win that final series.

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