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  1. In 2012-2013 up until July '13, Lou was in "retooling" mode. The team was being built around Kovalchuk and the idea that making playoffs where anything can happen based on 2012 was very much within reach. All the moves made clearly support this strategy 1) Keeping the 29th pick - if you plan on making the playoffs you project your pick next year to be say 20th-25th, not much difference. Yet, who knows maybe you can get super lucky with 29th for that pick to contribute soon enough 2) Trading basically Bo Horvat for Schneider. It took Horvat till 2016-17 to really make a name for himself, meanwhile Schneider could have been the difference in 2012-13 between making and not making the playoffs so why not get him ahead of 2013-2014 3) Signing players Ryder and Clowe no rebuilding team would do that Now the second Kovalchuk leaves - most of these moves don't make sense anymore (except maybe Schneider) but too late now - it becomes a scramble to patch up a competitive roster almost works for 2013-14 season but wheels fall off next year.
  2. On paper our roster should have been better than last year - we are (were) all in agreement that Shero made moves that improve the team yet here we are last in the East
  3. Coaches are important - you see Boudreau getting absolutely the same Minnesota team as last year fighting for 1st in the Western Conference as opposed to Mike Yeo having them being completely mediocre during his tenure.
  4. About 1 NHL player per draft is not too bad given that Lou gave up a lot of picks 2010-12. At the end of the day most good teams have at least two truly elite players and if you draft well you can surround them with good complimentary players (outside of picking first two and getting McDavids of the world). You add Henrique into 2011-12 lineup and you get much more out of him than having him be the go-to guy.
  5. What's our record with Merrill, 0-19 by now?
  6. Still lots of time as long as a team can put together a long winning streak somewhere
  7. Right, after the realignment Devils got stuck in the toughest division in addition to all other problems they have. This year Capitals, Pens, Rags, Flyers, CBJ are very solid. I'm sure the 2 wildcard spots will go to Metro again.
  8. Blues are like 1994 Devils - big, strong, stingy on D, loads of talent
  9. 0-4 without Auvitu
  10. Id argue most of the East teams look tough, if you look at the inter-conference matchups so far East wins like 75% of them and will continue winning at about the same rate. Add in two extra teams in the conference - it's going to be tough making playoffs in the East
  11. Makes sense to try Speers on top scoring line - Hynes seems to like him a lot based on the quotes from AG's article so any line combo to try to generate offense should be considered
  12. Ok, makes sense - seems like he's making the strongest push compared to others to make the team with his play (5 assists, PP potential)
  13. Auvitu was apparently was extremely sought after by many teams back in May. It's hard to imagine him first not making the team and then clearing wavers
  14. Funny how Florida signed all free agent shootout specialists (Boyes, J. Jokinen) + Bjugstad. I actually saw their shootout Vs San Jose earlier this year, amazing skill especially Jokinen and Bjugstad
  15. From what I seem to remember extra 2 games of Carolina series (should have swept those bastards) followed by brutal Toronto series seemed to take a lot of them they just ran out of steam by the very end, (Penguins team wasn't very good in the conf finals)