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Puck Daddy Power Rankings: Marty St. Louis struggles, Michel Therrien’s problems (Puck Daddy)

[Author’s note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn’t tell you anything you didn’t know. Who’s hot, who’s not, who cares? For this reason, we’re doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You’ll see what I mean.]   10. Sore losers Russia didn’t win the gold medal game so they left the ice to cry about it instead. They’re the worst. 9. Martin St. Louis While everyone has been busy talking about what a big-time loser idiot Rick Nash has been for the Rangers in this postseason (unfairly), no one seems to be batting an eye at the fact that 92-year-old Marty St. Louis has been overpaid hot garbage for the Rangers. In exchange for their $5.625 million against the cap this year, the Rangers got possession well below even, a hugely percentage-fueled 52 points and a pathetic playoff performance. No goals despite mega-easy usage? Check. Three shots on goal in his last four games? Check. Literally zero criticism of his play this entire time? Check. Maybe people are ready to give him a pass because he’s going to be 40 in a month, but hey, if we’re saying the Rangers offense has been bad, St. Louis is a big reason why. Alain Vigneault has to stop putting him in positions to succeed and try things out with Rick Nash getting the 5-on-3 minutes instead. 8. Getting the band back together The Bruins’ GM search involves input from Harry Sinden? Good lord. They apparently want this to go as poorly as possible, don’t they? 7. The Glendale situation So, like, is the team leaving or what? Probably they are, right? But only like four years from now or something? If they lose $50 million, maybe? It’s hard to keep it all straight, but this quote from Glendale vice mayor Ian Hugh is just amazing: “I asked our finance director…if the hockey team packed up and left the next day, what would be the impact, and the answer was an $8.5 million windfall profit for us,” Hughes said. “We increased sales tax to the citizens to cover this (arena management deal). We have needs in law enforcement and our fire department that we can’t fund. We had to put off purchasing of new pumpers for the fire department. We have three libraries in Glendale and all of their hours have been cut way back.” Now, those numbers don’t seem to be exactly right if you read the actual piece, but the larger point stands: Who could have imagined giving all that money to a money-losing club for no reason would have been a bad idea for a bankrupt city? A shocking development, really. 6. Michel Therrien Michel Therrien is not a good coach. The system he plays does not improve possession; in fact, it mostly seems to hinder it.