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Friday, February 14, 2003
Updated: February 19, 3:35 PM ET
Rank Comments: East is least

Why do you still have the Eastern teams in the top five? Or even the top 10? Do you guys really believe that any Eastern team has a shot? Or are you just pacifying the masses in order to escape the flood of e-mails that come with telling people the truth? C'mon, Ottawa? New Jersey? Please. Any one of the top five teams in the Western Conference would stomp them in five games. And I'm not afraid to ruffle feathers. Go ahead print this. Devil fans got a taste when Colorado "Forsberged" them. Flyer fans got theirs as an expansion team from a few years ago beat them twice. And the Rangers can sign all the high-priced forwards they want, they still won't make the second round, IF they even make the playoffs. East is least, West is best. And that's just the way it is.

Aaron McFadden
Silverthorne, Colo.

Look, I am a Capitals fan so I have no love lost for the Penguins, but to make fun of them for having to unload Kovalev? Everyone knows if Mario Lemieux had the financial backing to keep this team on track, with Jaromir Jagr, Alexei Kovalev, etc., they would probably be challenging for the Cup this year. Just the truth.

Roger Brinley
Bethesda, Md.

Your weekly snubbing of the New Jersey Devils is nothing more than a running joke around the office ... right?

Douglas Smith
Old Bridge, N.J.

I know that the Rangers are overpaid. I know they are also underachieving. The Rangers should be at No. 23, ahead of the rest of the garbage teams, at least until Sean Burke comes back for the 'Yotes. And you are wrong about the defenseman comment. What is killing the Rangers is a lack of role players who can kill penalties -- or a lack of discipline in taking too many.

Steve Cernak
Washington, D.C.

Food for thought for all the suit and tie guys at the Ranger games: What is the difference between being third on the power ranking list and 28th? Oh, about $35-40 million ... U.S. I better leave it at that, for I hear Linda Blair-type blood curdling screams from the Rangers fans. HAA HAA, life is sweet. That is revenge for 1994. It's now 2003, a new chapter will be written. Go Canucks!

Davinder Olak
Kitimat, British Columbia

Yup. Uh-huh. I see the logic there. Devils: third-best record, 7-2-0-1 in last 10 games, Brodeur's 62nd shutout, and they drop two spots in the rankings. Tell me, when your kid comes home with a grade of 98 on his science test, do you punish him for two weeks too?

Seth Kwitko
Forest Hills, N.Y.

Thanks for finally giving the Avalanche some credit. They pulled of a huge unbeaten streak and they deserve to be back in the top five. They did all this with their captain, Joe Sakic, out of the line up. How good will they be when he is back and healthy?

Jackson Spivey
Anchorage, Alaska

You guys bump the Avs all the way up to No. 5 because of wins over Detroit and New Jersey? GIVE ME A BREAK!! Lets see here, if Columbus beat Ottawa, Dallas, and New Jersey in a row on the ROAD, they wouldn't be bumped up as much as ESPN's beloved Avs would they??!!!

North Bay, Ontario

its great to see Anaheim finally in the top 15 ... They definitely deserve to make the postseason this year. I can't remember a better year in their franchise than the year they're having now ... Let's just hope Teemu will come crawling back next season!

Andy Tupman
Claremont, Calif.

The only good thing about being at the bottom of the ladder is the inability to fall on your face. Oh wait, its not even March yet.

Bernard Horowitz
Massapequa Park, N.Y.