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NHL Power Rankings: Where teams stand after the trade deadline

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NHL Power Rankings: Where teams stand after the trade deadline

The NHL Trade deadline came and went on Monday at 3 p.m. While Monday itself was rather slow, there were plenty of big deals leading up to it. Where do all the teams stand now that the dust has settled?

If you thought Toronto was bad before...the Maple Leafs made several deals with an eye towards the future as they stockpiled several draft picks. They've done a good job of tearing things down, but it may mean things get ugly for the rest of the season. Calgary also did well with their tear-down job, shipping out players like Kris Russell and Jiri Hudler.

So who got better?

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The Blackhawks made multiple additions leading up to the deadline and look poised to defend their title. While everyone in the Metropolitan is staring up at the Caps, the New York Rangers acquired Eric Staal who helped lead Carolina to their surprising Stanley Cup run in 2006.

Pittsburgh has been resurgent after replacing head coach Mike Johnston with Mike Sullivan. Their defense has remained a question mark, however. The addition of the much-maligned Justin Schultz from Edmonton is a gamble that could have major dividends if it pays off. Dallas also found themselves in need of a defensive upgrade and they paid big for Russell.

As for the Caps, they added Mike Weber as depth on their blue line and upgraded their fourth line and penalty kill with the addition of Daniel Winnik. The moves may not be as splashy as what Chicago did, but when you're on top of the NHL standings, you have the luxury of not having to do much to your roster.

Where do all the teams stand now after the deadline? Find out here in this week's NHL Power Rankings.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

The Capitals got their trade deadline started early by trading for defensemen Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek. Washington has been struggling of late, but do their new acquisitions address the team's weaknesses?

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir evaluate the two trades and talk about where they could fit into the lineup.

You can listen to the latest episode here on the Capitals Faceoff page or with the player below.

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Caps make second blue line addition, acquire Jakub Jerabek from Montreal

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Caps make second blue line addition, acquire Jakub Jerabek from Montreal

The Capitals continued to retool their scuffling blue line on Wednesday, acquiring 26-year-old defenseman Jakub Jerabek from Montreal in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2019.

The move comes a couple of days after GM Brian MacLellan dealt a conditional third-round selection to Chicago for swift skating Michal Kempny.

Both Jerabek and Kempny are left shot, puck-moving defensemen who move well and make crisp outlet passes. Both also hail from the Czech Republic.

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The team sees Jerabek as a No. 5 or 6, I’m told.

On Wednesday, the Caps also officially said goodbye to Taylor Chorney, who was claimed off waivers by Columbus. Chorney will report to the Blue Jackets.

The Caps were off on Wednesday as they made their way Florida for Thursday night’s meeting with the Panthers, so it’s unclear how Coach Barry Trotz intends to deploy his new defensemen.

But it’s probably safe to assume that Kempny will move into a spot within the top four with John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov and Matt Niskanen.

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That figures to leave Brooks Orpik and Jerabek on the third pair, while rookies Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey jockey for position as the next man up.

Kempny is expected to make his Caps’ debut on Thursday night.

Is the Caps’ D corps better? Well, that remains to be seen. But it had become clear to MacLellan and Co. in recent weeks that the status quo was not going to cut it. This month, in fact, the team has allowed 39 goals in 10 games. Only the Rangers (40) have allowed more in the same span.

With the trade deadline looming next Monday, the Caps now have roughly $617,000 in cap space, according to www.capfriendly.com, and are at the roster maximum of 23 players. So they would need to make a move in order to add another body.