Selfish act or principled stand?

Conn Smythe winner Tim Thomas wasn't with the Bruins when they visited the White House to be honored as Stanley Cup champions. Thomas explained his political objections on Facebook.

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Is there a right time to speak out?

Whether it's visiting the White House or the recent controversy about the MLB All-Star Game in Arizona, should athletes make political statements?

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Is Thomas still the best goalie in town?

Thomas was also notably absent in a weekend showdown against the Rangers, as the Bruins opted instead for Tuukka Rask (above, left).

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Our hockey gurus give you their take on the proper pecking order in professional hockey each week with the ESPN.com Power Rankings, but that's only part of the equation. What's your take on the contenders, the pretenders and everyone else?

NHL Power Rankings

Avalanche

Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche
26-22-2, 54 PTS

Blackhawks

Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks
29-14-6, 64 PTS

Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets
13-28-6, 32 PTS

Blues

Blues

St. Louis Blues
29-12-6, 64 PTS

Bruins

Bruins

Boston Bruins
31-13-2, 64 PTS

Canadiens

Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens
18-21-9, 45 PTS

Canucks

Canucks

Vancouver Canucks
29-15-4, 62 PTS

Capitals

Capitals

Washington Capitals
25-19-3, 53 PTS

Coyotes

Coyotes

Phoenix Coyotes
21-20-8, 50 PTS

Devils

Devils

New Jersey Devils
26-19-2, 54 PTS

Ducks

Ducks

Anaheim Ducks
18-22-7, 43 PTS

Flames

Flames

Calgary Flames
23-20-6, 52 PTS

Flyers

Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers
28-14-5, 61 PTS

Hurricanes

Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes
17-24-9, 43 PTS

Islanders

Islanders

New York Islanders
19-21-6, 44 PTS

Jets

Jets

Winnipeg Jets
22-20-6, 50 PTS

Kings

Kings

Los Angeles Kings
23-16-10, 56 PTS

Lightning

Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning
20-23-4, 44 PTS

Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs
23-19-5, 51 PTS

Oilers

Oilers

Edmonton Oilers
17-26-4, 38 PTS

Panthers

Panthers

Florida Panthers
22-15-10, 54 PTS

Penguins

Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins
27-17-4, 58 PTS

Predators

Predators

Nashville Predators
28-16-4, 60 PTS

Rangers

Rangers

New York Rangers
30-12-4, 64 PTS

Red Wings

Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings
32-15-1, 65 PTS

Sabres

Sabres

Buffalo Sabres
19-24-5, 43 PTS

Senators

Senators

Ottawa Senators
27-17-6, 60 PTS

Sharks

Sharks

San Jose Sharks
26-14-5, 57 PTS

Stars

Stars

Dallas Stars
24-21-2, 50 PTS

Wild

Wild

Minnesota Wild
23-18-7, 53 PTS

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