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  1. GDT: Lightning @ Devils, 7:30 PM

    Reminds me of early Kovalchuk syndrome, where he ended up top 5 in the league in points a season in but people complained he didn't score enough and was a "bum".
  2. GDT: Lightning @ Devils, 7:30 PM

    Can we talk about Will Butcher's defensive play on Tampa's shorthanded 2-on-1 that let us tie the game right after??????????????? WHAT?????????? This kid is the real deal.
  3. GDT: Lightning @ Devils, 7:30 PM

    Wow.
  4. In Russia NHL returns you. Kovalchuk staying in KHL.

    Nope, it's very very very much a thing. Russians of a certain age either grew up during Soviet rule or in the wake of their fall. From my experience, the whole loud, obnoxious, funny/laughing, entertaining American (or Southern European) demeanor is a strange concept for them, they actually view that personality type with distrust, like "What do you heff to be so heppy about?" Their sense of humor is also extremely dry and dark, it's actually pretty great once you get used to it.
  5. All-time Devils Roster Construction Challenge

    Dayum. Really blows your mind thinking about some of the all-time greats who have worn this jersey. We were so spoiled for so long, we sometimes tend to forget how truly special some of these teams were.
  6. Devils name Roland Melanson new goalie coach

    I never got what people saw in Stevens' coaching during his time here. Toward the tail end of his time as assistant coach, Schneider was seeing 35-45 shots against per night and we were in the middle of a massive losing streak. I don't really get it.
  7. 2017 UFA Thread

    Unless Shero really has an unshakable plan on D, I don't get why we didn't have a spot for him. I can't pretend to be the smartest hockey fan, but I never got what Hynes/Shero saw out of him last year to warrant being put in the minors and not called up. Maybe he deserved a couple stints in the AHL here and there, maybe he's not meant to be an NHL regular, but I thought he was a good option to have on our team to use. Good speed, good skating, some lapses on D but great offensive instincts; not sure why we passed on him.
  8. July 2017 Devils' Development Camp Thread

    Cool changing of the times: it was pretty cool going on Instagram and seeing our prospects' IG stories of all being excited on their way to Jersey. Some posted pictures of them packing or on a plane, Bastian posted a picture of McLeod and him having breakfast with the caption "Next stop: Jersey". All the bad of social media aside, it's cool to get a glimpse into 18-20 year old kids' excitement as they get one step closer to making the NHL.
  9. July 2017 Devils' Development Camp Thread

    Edit: Is this the first rebuild period in the last 30 years?
  10. In Russia NHL returns you. Kovalchuk staying in KHL.

    Yeah, I know people want a more militant stance against trading with the Rangers, but it literally doesn't hurt us one bit for Shero to not close the door on a Rangers trade. That organization is so bipolar, if there's anyone who could get sucked into a fleece of a trade by Shero and not even realize it, it's them.
  11. 2017-18 Potential Lines

    One of Shero's minor hiccups so far was letting Schlemko go. I know that was a one-year stop-gap trade deadline move, a la Stempniak, but he played very well and could've definitely be useful this season.
  12. In Russia NHL returns you. Kovalchuk staying in KHL.

    I think SKA's owner is Alexander Medvedev, also a big shot executive at Gazprom (which is majority owned by the Russian government), and also former commissioner of the KHL (at the time of Kovalchuk's signing). So, it's like Gary Bettman 1) owning a team, 2) running the league, and 3) running Exxon Mobil, if the United States government owned a majority stake in it. So, they can essentially print money for guys like Kovalchuk and it's very conceivable Putin and his boys are involved, considering the importance they place on Russians' standing in the sports world and especially the Winter Olympics. I'm sure they can bend anything from tax rates to money offered to unannounced "bonuses." Kovalchuk, having gone there in his prime, is in pretty deep and I guess he's making it work for himself and his family, financially speaking. Also, St. Petersburg is a nice little city, so that helps. All that being said however, I'm done being a Kovy apologist, he's dead to me. He used us to maximize his last one year payout from the KHL and its pretty obvious at this point. If I had to guess, Shero's not really discussing it too openly because it makes not only the Devils, but the league, look pretty bad if that's what happened. This situation was bad for everyone. The best league in the world being used as pawns to get a bigger KHL contract? Ouch. Shero and Bettman are probably working together on how to spin/address this. If they come out and blast Kovalchuk/Grossman, I'm sure he'd respond with the fact that the lockout and retirement restrictions in place caused all of this. Better to be quiet.
  13. In Russia NHL returns you. Kovalchuk staying in KHL.

    Oooo that's exactly what I was trying to say actually, maybe I didn't express myself clearly. I was mainly addressing the people (not really on this site, but in general) and the tone and specific language of Larry Brooks' tweets which are implicating Shero for potentially leaving deals on the table or "asking too much." They're wrong, because the onus was always on Grossman/Kovalchuk to establish a destination/contract first and then Shero would jump on and negotiate the trade then. As clear as that situation seems to be, there are still loads of people thinking Shero was driving the ship and somehow messed up. Everything else beyond that, even the Rangers being mentioned, is just rumor. We have no indication that Grossman/Kovalchuk came to even a preliminary agreement with any team, so I don't know why so many people (again, not here, but elsewhere around the league) are jumping to the conclusion that Shero overplayed his hand. In reality, he had no hand.
  14. 2017-18 Potential Lines

    Yes and no. We saw many times last year, the play for Wood was the high lob toward the boards and Wood speeds past the defense to get it. It was pretty damn effective too, Wood caused mayhem chasing the puck. A Wood and Boyle line will be super annoying for opposing teams to play against, I think.
  15. In Russia NHL returns you. Kovalchuk staying in KHL.

    I know what you're referencing but I don't know, with Larry Brooks, everything he posts the last few years sounds like he's just taking a shot in the dark, connecting some dots, and jumping to conclusions not based in facts. And The Post doesn't really rake him over the coals the many times he's wrong or off-track, so he continues that style of "reporting." What we know: As recently as Sunday, Shero sounded like he wasn't even hearing back from Kovalchuk's agent, like there was a general lack of communication all around. He said something like, "If you hear anything, let me know," to the press jokingly. The onus was on Kovalchuk to discuss deals with teams prior to Shero being able to discuss trade details. What Kovalchuk's "list" was is still nothing more than rumor. The rumors ranged from LA and Florida being mentioned to suddenly NY, Toronto, and Columbus; kind of a strange inconsistency there (and I would never imagine Kovalchuk actively wanting to go to Columbus, so what's that about?). There is nothing in the way of either rumors or reporting that Grossman/Kovalchuk even came close to an agreement with any team. I mean, that drives the whole ship. They come up with the agreement(s), Shero swoops in and discusses trade/return. With no agreement in place, there is zero ball in Shero's court. 3 years/$6.5 million AAV was a very specific number to have hit the rumor wire, so it's very telling that actual concrete contract negotiations with teams didn't generate any rumors/reports. You would think if actual numbers were coming out, some type of rumor of actual contract agreement would surface, no? But, nothing.... We're all taking Kovalchuk's "desire to return to the NHL" at his word. Why do we give him the benefit of the doubt anymore? It seems increasingly obvious at this point that his NHL status was just leverage to ink the maximum deal he could get for one more year in the KHL. But then again, there's nothing in the way of actual tangible news that I can base that on (just like every other conclusion people are coming up with). It's very possible he was never interested in all the restrictions involved in returning to the NHL this year, and it was all a money game. We literally don't know anything else; no rumors, no leaks, no news or quotes from Shero, player, or agent. I need to stress this last point because some of the conclusions everyone (mostly Rangers fans and some other teams' fans) are jumping to are all rife with assumptions. So yeah, that list looks long, but at the end of the day, we really know very little. Based on Shero's only quotes involving the Kovalchuk situation, my best guess is that Kovalchuk was taking us for a ride to maximize his KHL offer, and Shero must have realized that early. I don't see how, between Sunday (where Shero indicates he's barely heard from the Kovy camp) and yesterday afternoon, Shero could've had deals in place and closed the door on all trade scenarios. That's not even 2 days, where we're expected to believe Shero goes from not hearing anything, to closing the book on all trades (enough for Kovalchuk to definitively go to the KHL)? Not plausible. The whole "Shero was asking too much" narrative seems super flawed. In less than 2 days, Shero closes the book on this and doesn't negotiate? Don't think so.
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