The rumble in the NHL, with tremors in the Eastern Conference especially, was Pittsburgh's late-night deal with the Calgary Flames that sent two college players and a No. 1 pick west for Jarome Iginla.
First Brenden Morrow, then Douglas Murray, and now classy veteran Iginla, who chose the Pens because he wants a Stanley Cup run.
Naturally, this doesn't bode well for the Rangers and the rest of the East, with the Crosby-powered Penguins solid all the way from 1 through 20.
I can tell you that some GMs were saying at the recent one-day confab, I'm told, that some teams were going to load up to make a run because the cap will not be as high over the next few seasons.
So, assume the Pens are in that grouping.
You can check way back here in the archives, when I posted power ratings on the days just prior to the first puck drop after the lockout. I had the Pens No. 1 (and some mistakes below for sure), but clearly had no idea of this. It was based on the existing roster at the time, and because I have always liked the moves by GM Ray Shero, and the coach Dan Bylsma.
The Cup's won on the ice, though, and the rink in Kanata is where I'll be in an hour or so, reporting on the morning skates, possibly with Mats Zuccarello.
It's Rangers vs. Sens, tonight at 7:30. Check in later...