If I was Mike Gillis and the season starts Jan 1st with a 48 game schedule, there are a few moves i would and wouldn't make
1. I would not trade Luongo, at least not yet. With a 48 game schedule it will be condensed with teams playing 3-4 times per week and a good goalie tandem is needed to stay on top of the league. If Gillis were to trade Luongo now his value would be low because of him being pulled in the playoffs, but if Luongo is able to regain form and have a good regular season again
2012-2013 season standings and reasons
1.New Yorkk Rangers(wins Atlantic Division)
-with the addition of nash they now have the best top 6 in the league and an extremely dangerously offensive team. but they have a average bottom 6. and defense although good its still not as well rounded or as deep as other teams. they might be better than the canucks on paper but there division and conference has gotten better so i dont see them winning the presidents trophy.
2. Boston Bruins(wins North
2012-2013 season standings + reasoning
1. Vancouver Canucks(wins NW division and presidents trophy)
-we are the deepest team in the west, if not the whole league and our goaltending and defense are great. we just need to stay healthy and we have another presidents trophy due to our weak division(tho the teams have improved) and many eastern teams getting better but western teams getting worse.
2. St. Louis Blues(wins central division)
-a great coach and defensive system a