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  2. what stinks is this was ALL because of one ridiculously egregious call Was Hall offsides? Yup. Was it egregious? Nope. It's the kind of thing that if the challenge rule didn't exist, nobody would have even thought to go look at it. And if they did, they'd be more concerned about Coleman than Hall himself. If you have possession entering the zone, then it really shouldn't matter. Receiving a pass, fine. But Hall was carrying himself and brought himself an inch over before the puck with possession. I'm not going to go too crazy - it's the right call. It's just stupid because it didn't effect the play.
  3. I think Ray Shero have to add Jordan Eberle, as a Taylor's right hand. They played together for a more than one-two seasons. They arn't big friends, but very good buddies. At least they have chemistry. And understand each other on the ice very well. If Hallsy is one of NHL's best left wingers, Ebs is a one of the best right wingers Edmonton don't need nobody, but McJesus. He's their Messiah, cutie, sonny and honey. Others is just a members of the crowd scene. Bolivar cannot carry double. Sooner or later Jordan Eberle will repeat Taylor's and Nail's destiny. They'll kick him out of team. It's only a matter of time. And Shero must find a way to see Ebs on the ice of Pru Center. We need such cool, ambitious, experienced and young right winger
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  5. Anyway, since I guess this thread is supposed to be about the AFC and NFC Championship games: Feels more and more like it's Aaron Rodgers' year. He'll find a way to will his team to a win in Atlanta. I think Pittsburgh will score some points and make the Pats' D look as vulnerable as it usually is...I think the Steelers score at least 24 points, probably more. It's really more can the Steelers' D stop Brady & Co? There will be a lot of scary moments for the Patriots in this game (I can see Big Ben leading a game-winning drive that just comes up a little bit short), but I think they'll ultimately do enough to get to the Super Bowl. Can't say I will be that surprised if the Steelers win though.
  6. Yeah there was no need to stream the entire post-game locker room. A lesser player might be cut for something like this. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Tomlin's comments themselves aren't the problem at all...he didn't say or do anything wrong, as far as I'm concerned, and the Pats probably couldn't care less about his comments...none of this stuff is going to make any difference come game-time. It's what Brown did that was just such a d!ck move.
  8. I agree, but it's not really a big deal. The media will make this into a waaaaay bigger deal than it is. The Pats ARE a$$holes, and I'm sure Tomlin isn't the first coach or player to refer to them as such. I'm also sure Bill Belichick revels in being an a$$hole, so he should take it as a compliment. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Bump this thread - what about Cam Fowler? Seems to have a ton of upside and might be on his way out because of the Duck's cap situation. And I know it's not exactly trading from a position of strength anymore, but if Colorado sends Duchene our way for Severson I do it in a heart beat and worry about the defense afterwards.
  10. It's just too hard to say right now...all depends on draft picks/position, if the young D can improve and stick...and just like no one really saw Larsson-for-Hall coming, Shero might have another surprise deal or two up his sleeve. Also curious to see if Shero starts exploring free agency and higher-tier free agents...the Devils do have money to spend (though to be fair I have no idea who the appealing UFAs-to-be are). One thing I think we can safely say though is Shero is never going to try to buy his way out of this with 2 or 3 splashy free agent signings. I think if there's a relatively young upper-tier guy out there who Shero might have to overpay but seems like a good fit, he'd make an attempt to sign him.
  11. Can't disagree Actually I was pointing out we have a long way to go to be a playoff team not 2 years but probably 3 or 4 more years based on the players they have today, if they try through the draft. Do you agree?
  12. If I'm Tomlin, I'm beyond furious with Antonio Brown; hell, everyone in the franchise should be furious with Antonio Brown. That had no business leaving the lockerroom.
  13. Build around Hall???? Oh good, the Kevin Lowe blueprint. At least we won't have to worry about shelling out money for the playoffs for a long time.
  14. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/18485752/antonio-brown-records-unaware-mike-tomlin-addressing-pittsburgh-steelers-team-locker-room "When you get to this point in the journey.. not alot needs to be said. Let's say very little moving forward. Let's start our preparations now. We just spotted these assh*les [Patriots] a day and a half. They played yesterday. Our game got moved to tonight. We're going to touch down at 4 o'clock in the fvcking morning. So be it! We'll be ready for their ass. Keep a low profile, and let's get ready to ball like this up there again in a few days, and be right back at it. That's our story." --Mike Tomlin
  15. Something you have to keep in mind: lumping the end of Lou's era into the beginning of Shero's is unfair, as far as the current run of futility goes. Lou kept Band-Aiding his team (and the owners allowed him to) and he didn't seem like he was ever going to tear it down. Shero is clearly not going that route (obviously a very good thing), but when you think about it, how long has Shero had to do any rebuilding? Just like the Devils didn't get here overnight, they're not going to get out of this overnight either. What's unfortunate is that the young defensemen who we were hoping would pan out have so far turned in mixed results, and one of them (Gelinas) is already history. Hope it's different with Santini. I think people sometimes forget how little Shero's inherited.
  16. I agree. Many many many years of having officials call offsides and foul balls etc and now the coaches challenge is brought in more to add artificial suspense rather than solve some real issue. Officials are humans and some games have had their outcomes altered by human error since they began, I don't like changing that now. It was something I always accepted as a possibility. That being said, eventually it will go the way we want it to so it will all even out.
  17. A lot of it is going to come down to Cory...he's capable of sustained .930+ save% runs, and that's what this team is going to need to have any outside shot at squeaking into a playoff berth. Cory pretty much used up all of his slump time in November and December...he needs to be dynamite from here on out. Agree on the offense, it is what it is, and I don't see it getting much better (though it probably will a little). Santini has helped on D in his short time here...obviously, a big reason the Devils are 4-2-2 in their last 8 games is that they're suddenly giving up a lot less goals (take out the two empty-netters given up in the 3-0 Panther loss, and the Devils have only allowed 13 goals in those 8 games). But that seems more flukey than anything else. Right now, Ottawa is on pace for a 96-point season. Just to pick a number, I'll go with 95 points as a Wild Card cutoff point. Devils would need 50 points in their final 37 games to pull that off...basically, 25-12-0, 24-11-2, 23-10-4, etc. Just doesn't seem doable...this still feels like a low-80s point total kind of team. And Shero should definitely sell on PA Parenteau (he couldn't be a better rental), and if he gets really lucky, Cammarelli as well. But yeah, as far this trip is concerned, the Minnesota game is gravy. I would've taken a split on this trip. What I'm hoping for now is that Minnesota doesn't make the Devils look as bad as so many other of the better teams do...but damn, the Wild have been beastly lately: 17-1-1 in their last 19 GP, 74 GF, 41 GA...basically one of those games where if the Devils get whupped 5-1 or something like that, you just accept that these Devils aren't ready to compete with a team like that, and move on.
  18. What a back-check by Zajac. I was watching football but through the DVR I got to see the back-check and winning goal this morning. Our two best players do it again.
  19. Caught the second half of the game, seemed pretty good overall. The fact that people are saying that it's such a struggle for us to score offensively and we squeaked out a win just by playing barely good enough defense/goaltending is EXACTLY what I was saying the other day. It's not silver lining per se, but it's something. If our defense doesn't fvck up and shoot us in the foot, and Cory is average or better, we have a fighting chance. If the defense plays well and Cory is above average or excellent, then we have a REALLY good chance. The funny thing is, people probably look at us and say the offense is the question mark, but that's actually the opposite. The question mark every game is really whether or not the defense and goaltending will be decent and what it should be, and whether or not they can keep us in the game. The constant, non-variable in the equation that is our Devils team, is the offense. That's not a question mark. We KNOW they're not going to score much. We basically, again unfortunately, we have to plan on scoring 2 or fewer goals each night, and hope that the other areas of our team can come through for us. It really really sucks, and it puts a burden on those other guys, but it is what it is. Anyway, you can't not be pleased with how this road trip has gone so far. 2-0-1 so far on a road trip out west is awesome. The opponents haven't exactly been amazing, but they've been decent enough where these are solid wins/points that we're picking up. Again, on the road no less -- where we've been pretty terrible so far this season, so it's good to see it start to even out. If we can keep up a good home record and win the bulk of the games that we have coming to us in our own building over the next month or two, we might start to see some hope. Long road to go though, just gotta take it game by game. Tomorrow will be a tough test against a really good team, and of course still on the road. Hopefully they play with a little motivation trying to get revenge on Parise. We need to close the book on that chapter and show/tell him we've moved on. Obviously we're not in as good of a position as he is on the Wild, but we can't keep reflecting back on 2012 and when he left. Time to move on, and time to get better. I remain optimistic. What else can ya do?
  20. Could be worse, Cory could be Steve Mason or Neuvirth! Seriously, tho. Sundstrom and I were discussing in chat about how we both want JJ as the 4th line C going forward. He drives possession and is a good special teams guy
  21. In fairness, I can't lump this latest Dallas playoff loss in with some of the Romo-era failures...the kid played well at QB, and they did fight hard to come back, after being buried early. Rodgers and his receiver had to make an insane play just to set up a long FG try. Green Bay played just that little bit better and deserved to win, so give them all the credit in the world for pulling it out. This one wasn't a choke-job for the Cowboys. Green Bay will be an awful matchup for NE if the Patriots get there (I think the Steelers can absolutely beat the Pats...still a lot of doubters as to whether NE's D is for real, as they've been facing a lot of shaky QBs and offenses). I think the Pats could win a shootout against the Falcons, but they gotta get there first. Starting to feel like this might be Green Bay's (and Aaron Rodgers') year. Feels like Rodgers is tired of people who started knocking him a little earlier this season, and is on a serious mission to get another ring. Check out both Rodgers' and Brady's TD-to-INT ratio since 2008 (Rodgers' first season as a fulltime starter): Rodgers: 135 GP, 296 TD, 71 INT Brady: 125 GP, 256 TD, 66 INT (if I throw in Brady's final 10 games of the 2007 season to even out the sample from a pure GP standpoint, then the numbers go up to 285 TD and 72 INT). Pretty outrageous stuff, though like I've always said, as terrific as both of these guys are (as are some of their peers, like Big Ben and Brees, to name two), the numbers in this era have just gotten goofy.
  22. Well, NHL-.500 anyway, though as I learned last year, apparently some have their own interpretation of what NHL-.500 actually is. But the Devils now have a .500 point%. The "incredible" stat is why I can't take the Devils seriously...they just have such a hell of a time putting pucks in the net. It's SUCH a struggle for them most nights. And the standings show why anyone who's saying "Well the Devils are only 5 points out with a game in hand on the Flyers!" isn't reading the standings properly (not accusing anyone here specifically of doing this, but I'm sure some fans already thinking the Devils are somehow in a playoff hunt). Ottawa is three points up with four games in hand, and Carolina is four points up with two games in hand. Anyway, happy to see the Devils go 5-3-2 in their last 10 (they can probably hover around a .500 point% for a while or even go a bit above that with the easier schedule), and especially to see Cory putting up a .940 save% for January. Still a ways to go for him to make this an overall respectable season (his .910 save% ranks 29th among qualifiers), but gotta start somewhere.
  23. Now 5-4... Don't jinx the streak
  24. We never rebuilt because we never had the resources to actually attempt one. The guys we could've sold for assets walked, and Lou was more concerned with patchwork than starting from scratch.
  25. Yup, this is what I'm saying.
  26. How is it a failed rebuild? We're rebuilding on the fly and this was never meant to be the final product. There are certainly some obvious guys we should move for assets but as I pointed out previously, we're not that far off. For all the hype about tanking, Toronto, buffalo, and Edmonton still kinda suck too and they were lucky enough to land guys like McDavid, Eichel and Matthews in the draft and there doesn't seem to be many of those on the horizon. Arizona blatantly tanked too and they really suck. Also, before any response about the Leafs, I know the hype in Toronto is out of control but they're not the second coming of the blackhawks dynasty so lets nip that one in the bud.
  27. Agreed, especially JJ. I'd like to see it start resulting in something.
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