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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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The old joke, "I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out!" isn't going over as well anymore. In fact, a young hockey fan might not even get it. Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke certainly isn't laughing. The former head disciplinarian for the NHL is upset that fighting is down and suspensions are up. He thinks self-policing is the way to go. Agree?


A change for the better?

Hockey is evolving and the speedy skaters with abundant skill are pushing out the intimidating enforcers with fists clenched. Is this a good thing?

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Last of the breed?

Brandon Prust and Zenon Konopka are tied with 11 fighting majors each which leads the league. Does that make either the best enforcer in the game?

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More fights means less punishment?

The NHL has been busy lately handing out suspensions for cheap shots. Burke believes making players back up their actions would cut down on punishable acts.

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We can understand if you don't want to take the time to grade your tech-support help on the other end of the telephone, but when we're talking about the dollars and emotion you've invested in sports, we think it's worth the effort. It's time for ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings, in which SportsNation grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. Which team will end up on top this year? It depends on what you say.

Take part in the 2011 MLB survey
2010 MLB Ultimate Standings
1. Los Angeles Angels (Overall: No. 3)
2. Tampa Bay Rays (Overall: No. 6)
3. Colorado Rockies (Overall: No. 13)
4. Minnesota Twins (Overall: No. 14)
5. Atlanta Braves (Overall: No. 15)

Take part in the 2011 NFL survey
2010 NFL Ultimate Standings
1. New Orleans Saints (Overall: No. 1)
2. Indianapolis Colts (Overall: No. 4)
3. Green Bay Packers (Overall: No. 9)
4. Arizona Cardinals (Overall: No. 19)
5. Baltimore Ravens (Overall: No. 20)

Take part in the 2011 NBA survey
2010 NBA Ultimate Standings
1. Orlando Magic (Overall: No. 2)
2. San Antonio Spurs (Overall: No. 7)
3. Cleveland Cavaliers (Overall: No. 10)
4. Dallas Mavericks (Overall: No. 24)
5. Oklahoma City Thunder (Overall: No. 25)

Take part in the 2011 NHL survey
2010 NHL Ultimate Standings
1. Pittsburgh Penguins (Overall: No. 5)
2. Detroit Red Wings (Overall: No. 8)
3. Washington Capitals (Overall: No. 11)
4. San Jose Sharks (Overall: No. 12)
5. Chicago Blackhawks (Overall: No. 16)

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It's just like the census, only this one is fun and doesn't come in the mail. And nobody from FOX News or MSNBC will yell at you about it. It's time for ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings, in which SportsNation grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. Which team will end up on top this year? It depends on what you say.

Take part in the 2010 MLB survey
2009 MLB Ultimate Standings
1. Los Angeles Angels (Overall: No. 1)
2. Milwaukee Brewers (Overall: No. 7)
3. Tampa Bay Rays (Overall: No. 16)
4. Minnesota Twins (Overall: No. 23)
5. Philadelphia Phillies (Overall: No. 24)

Take part in the 2010 NFL survey
2009 NFL Ultimate Standings
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (Overall: No. 3)
2. Green Bay Packers (Overall: No. 13)
3. Indianapolis Colts (Overall: No. 14)
4. Tennessee Titans (Overall: No. 15)
5. New England Patriots (Overall: No. 19)

Take part in the 2010 NBA survey
2009 NBA Ultimate Standings
1. Cleveland Cavaliers (Overall: No. 5)
2. San Antonio Spurs (Overall: No. 9)
3. New Orleans Hornets (Overall: No. 12)
4. Houston Rockets (Overall: No. 17)
5. Orlando Magic (Overall: No. 18)

Take part in the 2010 NHL survey
2009 NHL Ultimate Standings
1. Carolina Hurricanes (Overall: No. 2)
2. Detroit Red Wings (Overall: No. 4)
3. Washington Capitals (Overall: No. 6)
4. Pittsburgh Penguins (Overall: No. 8)
5. St. Louis Blues (Overall: No. 10)

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