Triumph

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  1. It's not a rule. It's something that makes sense. If you're on a back-to-back, you're playing your backup to rest your starter. You shouldn't change that just because of how the game shook out.
  2. I don't. Schneider absolutely could have played. The question is, does playing him make sense after such a huge workload? Is Kinkaid really worse than Schneider coming into the game cold? I don't know the answers to these questions, but if you can't play your backup goaltender on a back-to-back, you may as well not have him at all.
  3. You don't yank your backup goalie. His whole reason for being on the team is playing when the starter can't.
  4. Okay, good, I'm sure you've read a ton about how goalies do on back to backs, but keep telling me I'm wrong.
  5. There's no way I would start my starter in a back to back after he had just made 40 saves the night before. If he had a 17 shot armchair shutout, sure. But a game where he was busy all night? No.
  6. Just announced on Twitter. The Devils will save money - Loov's making $70K, Kalinin 10 time that - and have some more LHD depth.
  7. Yesterday wasn't great for NJ - I mean, yeah, they lost, which they had to do, but Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Dallas also lost. Winnipeg picked up a point for losing in OT, but only Buffalo picked up 2 points. The Devils are slipping out of the bottom 5 with the recent wins.
  8. Yeah, this was terrible. A few glimmers of decency here and there but mostly slop. They seemed to have a plan to beat the Senators' trap that didn't work - either they weren't executing or it was a bad plan.
  9. Yeah, Devils just outplayed Colorado - Colorado didn't get a ton of chances and they scored on the best ones they did get. Getting 40 shots in a game where the Devils never trailed is pretty darn good. But Colorado is just really bad - they had zero answer for Taylor Hall all game long.
  10. You can't renegotiate a contract in the NHL, so no.
  11. Wedgewood has played 37 games in the last two years. I don't think he'll be selected. Leeds: They have to protect someone. I like what Bennett's done so far this year, I just wish he could score a little more.
  12. This really isn't about tanking, either. Tanking only makes sense in very rare circumstances, which the Devils are not in. You tank when your team is made up almost entirely of players with no value and who won't be there when the tank is over. Buffalo was right to do it. Edmonton was too. It's still really challenging to pull out of a tank - Pittsburgh was lucky to have that lockout season after which they signed a bunch of UFAs.
  13. Patrick Kane was drafted 1st overall and Jonathan Toews was picked 3rd overall. Drew Doughty was selected 2nd overall, and Jack Johnson whom the Kings traded to get Jeff Carter was drafted 3rd overall. All you're saying here is that you need a mix of players and I totally agree with that. The point of this thread isn't to hope the Devils stop trying, nor do I think that they will stop trying. I think the Devils have been trying all year and their results speak for themselves - they're just not a very good team. It's a thread to document where the Devils are in the standings. I don't cloud up other threads with this sort of stuff, hoping the Devils lose - in fact, this thread really isn't about rooting for Devils losses so much as acknowledging their inevitability and documenting how they affect the Devils' draft position.
  14. Mike Cammalleri has a no-trade clause, so he does not have to be protected. I wouldn't protect him if I were Shero, but I doubt Vegas takes him. Ryane Clowe will receive an injury exemption and will not have to be protected either. Assuming Blandisi doesn't have to be protected, I would protect Hall, Zajac, Henrique, Palmieri, Bennett, Noesen and some 7th forward I don't know yet.
  15. This isn't the NFL. And while the Patriots were lucky to select Tom Brady in the 6th round, where's the next Brady for them? Regardless, let's forget about football. Who won the Stanley Cup last year? The Pittsburgh Penguins. Two of their best players were taken #1 or #2 overall. Who came in second? The San Jose Sharks, using 2nd overall pick Patrick Marleau and 1st overall pick Joe Thornton. How'd the Sharks get Joe Thornton? By trading 3rd overall pick Brad Stuart. So yeah, it matters, and it matters a lot more when you consider that the draft lottery now includes 3 teams and has a flatter payout. I'll give you the last 15 picks at 4th overall and 15th overall, starting from 2014 and going back to 2000, let's see what 15 guys you would rather have: 4th: Rostislav Klesla, Stephen Weiss, Joni Pitkanen, Nikolai Zherdev, Andrew Ladd, Benoit Pouliot, Nicklas Backstrom, Thomas Hickey, Alex Pietrangelo, Evander Kane, Ryah Johansen, Adam Larsson, Griffin Reinhart, Seth Jones, Sam Bennett 15: Artem Kryukov, Igor Knayzer, Jesse Niinimaaki, Robert Nilsson, Alex Radulov, Ryan O'Marra, Riku Helenius, Alex Plante, Erik Karlsson, Peter Holland, Derek Forbort, Cody Ceci, Ryan Pulock, Dylan Larkin So yeah, just by this, it's certainly possible to draft star players at #15. Radulov, Karlsson, and probably Larkin are stars. The issue is that a lot of the rest of the guys at 15 are total washouts. Meanwhile at 4th overall the only outright bust is Griffin Reinhart. The Kings got nothing for Thomas Hickey but they were also winning Stanley Cups at the time. A loss or two isn't going to kill the franchise, but it could give them a 10% better chance of picking 1st, 2nd, or 3rd overall.