from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
In honour of hockey’s reckless rumour mill — a constant source of joy that is about to go temporarily silent as the night — we present our NHL Power Rankings: Christmas Trade Rumour Freeze Edition.
Per tradition, teams are ranked in order of current strength.
The write-ups, however, throw one last batch of speculation at the wall as we ponder the trade strategies for all the 31 clubs.
31. Detroit Red Wings
The trouble with the Red Wings’ no-good, very bad tank year is the rental pickings are slim. Veteran defenders Mike Green, 34, and Trevor Daley, 36, both hold modified no-trade clauses. They could bring savvy, but the league is speeding by. It’s doubtful Steve Yzerman re-signs all seven(!) of his RFA forwards. Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha are the most intriguing targets. Does Yzerman want to build around them, or nah? The sooner he decides, the better.
the rest of the teams and the trade freeze begins at midnight tonight...