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  1. http://www.si.com/nhl/2015/07/24/nhl-fan-misery-rankings-30-teams   #1 New Jersey Devils  Cup drought: 11 seasonsthree-time cup champsMaybe Lou Lamoriello knew what he was doing when he bailed on this organization. These Devils have a dim past (just one playoff appearance in the past five years), a painful present (the NHL’s 29th rated offense in 2014-15) and a grey, dystopian future (arguably the least promising prospect pool in the game). This is a team so bereft of hope that it can only aspire to being dull and dreary.  Um, ok.  Granted, it's not all roses right now, but I'm guessing teams with ridiculous cup droughts are much more miserable than us.
  2. July 1st- UFA Madness

      Correct.  Essentially the Devils could go up to $76 million for their "cap."   To which they won't even come close.
  3. What NHL forward is currently worth the 6th pick

    I'd offer Larsson and Gelinas for RNH.  No need to add the 6th overall pick.
  4. Realistic trade targets in the offseason

    Another thought...if I'm Lou, I'm calling Columbus to inquire about Hartnell.  He's a much needed RW, still only 33, reasonable contract, still put up almost 60 points this year.  They have a lot of young forwards that may be ready to make the leap to the NHL, but not many defensemen.
  5. Realistic trade targets in the offseason

    http://stats.nhlnumbers.com/teams?year=2016   Essentially you can narrow down the trade targets by looking at next year's cap commitments (ignore the "Players signed" column, it counts players in the minors).   LA makes the most sense, as they'll still have 5 forwards with a cap hit over $6 million.
  6. Devils Trade Deadline Thread

      To defend Daniel, "replacement level" is the standard average player at the position (at least in baseball when calculating WAR).  I've never heard of "replacement level player" terminology in hockey.   Daniel is 1000% right when using that term for the Devils.  They are chock full of players near the average (or below).  Most of the team is filled with players who are not worth additional "wins" for the team by having them in the lineup.
  7. Devils Trade Deadline Thread

      Typical.  "I can say whatever I want, we all have opinions.  But I don't want to hear yours about the old days!!"   Did you even realize how ridiculous that sounded?  Probably not.
  8. Devils Trade Deadline Thread

    There was never this level of BS, SH. 
  9. Devils Trade Deadline Thread

    "Oh we got robbed for Zidlicky."  "Why can't we dump more players?"  Sorry folks, but 29 other teams are not garbage pickers.  Getting something of value for two declining players at a combined age of 81 with expiring contracts is not bad.   I'm pretty much done with this board and the usual folks who have completely ruined the experience.   No wonder so many people have left and don't come back.  It's basically just a complain-fest.  Not too mention a good portion of it deals with utterly ridiculous topics (hello, goal song and "you suck" chants).
  10. Should Schneider be traded?

    Can we merge this with the "I am beginning to hate our fans" thread?
  11. Hypothetical: Let's say McDavid pulls an Elway

    Agree 100% with Carp, the Devils don't have the pieces to land McDavid.  Just remember the Lindros details:   http://www.greatesthockeylegends.com/2013/04/great-trades-in-hockey-history-eric.html   The Nordiques received defensemen Kerry Huffman and Steve Duchesne, goalie Ron Hextall, forwards Mike Ricci, Chris Simon, and Peter Forsberg, two first-round draft picks and cash reportedly in the neighborhood of $15 million US. By the way, the Rangers offer reportedly consisted of Alexei Kovalev, Tony Amonte, Doug Weight, John Vanbiesbrouck, cash and draft picks. Either way, the deal was a blockbuster of the most ridiculous of proportions.     Also, don't overlook the $15 million dollars, which was an astronomical sum at the time, when you consider the average team payroll was $8.1 million and Wayne Gretzky led the league with a $3 million salary.
  12. UFA consideration thread

    Obviously the Devils will have some decent cap room going into next season, and will need some NHL caliber bodies up front.  Here's a list of some of the more intriguing UFAs that will be available, and may make sense for NJ.   Drew Stafford Age: 29 Previous contract:  4 years, $16 million 2015 stats:  46 GP, 8 G, 15 A, -19 Note:  Contract extension was signed after his 31 goal season.  Still relatively young UFA wise.  Right wing, RH shot, something needed depth-wise for NJ.  Underperformed offensively based on his contract.   Chris Stewart Age: 27 Previous contract:  2 years, $8.3 million 2015 stats:  49 GP, 9 G, 9 A, -28 Notes:  Big body, very inconsistent.  Had back to back 28 goal season early in his career, but has bounced around since & hasn't lived up to his potential.  Another right wing, RH shot.   Justin Williams Age: 33 Previous contract:  4 years, $14.6 million 2015 stats:  49 GP, 13 G, 12 A, +4 Notes:  Conn Smythe winner.  Clutch performer.  Probably will be overpaid by a cup contender based on those facts.   Scottie Upshall Age: 31 Previous contract:  4 years, $14 million 2015 stats:  35 GP, 5 G, 6 A, -3 Notes:  Already played for 5 NHL teams.  Was the sixth overall pick in the draft in 2002.  Put up career best stats in 2014, but still only had 15 goals and 22 points for Florida.   Michael Frolik Age: 27 Previous contract:  1 year, $3.3 million 2015 stats:  53 GP, 10 G, 17 A, +3 Notes:  Very young for a UFA.  Our group of Czech players may make him feel comfortable.    Sean Bergenheim Age: 31 Previous contract:  4 years, $11 million 2015 stats:  37 GP, 8 G, 10 A, +1 Notes:  Decent depth player, probably not a top 6 guy, though.  Will likely be the 7th straight year he's hit double digits in goals, but has never scored more than 17, and never hit 30 points.   Mike Santorelli Age: 30 Previous contract:  1 year, $1.5 million 2015 stats:  52 GP, 10 G, 18 A, +7 Notes:  Hot commodity on the trade market.  Most likely will be a career year for him points-wise, but has never been a consistently good offensive performer.  Good shootout performer.
  13. Travis Zajac

    All of those stats still don't change the fact that he's severely underperforming offensively, and no team will take on that contract if the Devils wanted to move him (much like Richards).
  14. Devils Trade Deadline Thread

    Zajac's contract is utterly horrible.  Even worse than a guy who was just put of waivers, and no one would touch him:   Zajac:  29 years old $5.75 cap hit, owed $37.5 million in salary through 2020-21 16 points in 43 games this year   Mike Richards: 29 years old $5.75 cap hit, owed $23 million in salary through 2019-20 15 points in 47 games this year
  15. World Cup of Hockey

    Didn't go through the entire thread, but it would have been so much better with just the power 6.  Have 4 round-robin games in groups of 3, and the bottom two are eliminated.    To speak to what Tri said on the first page, I could care less that Anze Kopitar doesn't get to play in a tournament.  Especially if it means throwing together a hodge-podge group of Europeans & rounding the field out with a young stars team.  So freaking stupid.