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  1. Wow, Kovalchuk was such a good player....     *cries*
  2. Relentless We Are vs Old School Lou Feb. 4 GDT

    I just feel like we're all crazy though. No matter who the coach is, he continues to be valued, continues to be put out there and in important situations too. There must be a whole lot of something we fans are not seeing, but I cannot tell for the life of my what it is. I'd say this is one of the very few negatives of John Hynes' roster management, but DeBoer and the three-headed monster last year all did the same thing lol
  3. Relentless We Are vs Old School Lou Feb. 4 GDT

    Can't stand him anymore. That 2-on-0 where he oversteps to offsides and then goes on to score the (non) goal, I was fuming. Stempniak didn't do anything tricky, no deke or stutter step, he was just walking into the zone and Gionta had to screw it up. That wasn't really what had me fuming; what it was was just knowing that Gionta would've shanked or sliced the shot if it WEREN'T offsides and a perfectly good play. That's the way things go with this guy on the ice. He has the heart of a champion but is just... not good.  My scenario proved correct once he was given a beautiful chance to score in the 3rd and instead of hitting it one-time into the open net, held onto it, and shot a 20 mph wrister directly into Reimer's glove. I've had enough of Gionta taking someone else's spot (even Matteau's; but Matteau can be taught to be more "okay" than Gionta is right now and he at least has a physical and speedy edge to his game), and Gelinas can sit for a while too as far as I'm concerned.
  4. Relentless We Are vs Old School Lou Feb. 4 GDT

    Kinkaid played a hell of a game last night guys. He absolutely needed to, he hasn't put in a performance like that since last season and it's looking like he'll be facing the red-hot Oilers on Tuesday.
  5. New Jersey Devils' Lineup/Roster Thread 2015-16

    Also, it goes unmentioned, I think, how good of a job Alain Nasreddine is doing. We forget how young and relatively unproven our defense is. Outside of Gelinas, no one really looks out of place at the NHL level. Helgeson came up and plugged right in, doesn't look out of place. Gragnani wasn't anything special but did his part. Moore and Schlemko have found their place (2 players who were let go by their former teams, the latter left unsigned for months). We knew we had "promising young" defensemen on paper, but truly making it work over the course of the season was going to be no easy task. He has our PK now in the top half of the league at #13 or something like that, after, keep in mind, how bad it seemed like it was for the first month. I'm actually curious where our PK would rank from mid-November to now, my guess is probably pretty high. I checked but the chart function isn't working right now for PK%. 
  6. New Jersey Devils' Lineup/Roster Thread 2015-16

    Agreed. And they've all had their turn. Gelinas, Merrill, Severson, Moore, etc., and then came back and responded well. It's very methodical and doesn't seem like he's singling any one of them out every time like DeBoer did with Larsson.
  7. When he starts his decline, they'll probably trade him to Montreal for a 1st round pick and their next captain, like they did last time haha... Like you said, they seem to always get out of a sticky situation. Wouldn't be surprised to see new compliance buyouts introduced when the era of contracts for players like Lundqvist, Parise, Suter, etc., start to look bad in 3 years or so. Always seems to work out for them and Philly, somehow, some way.
  8. New Jersey Devils' Lineup/Roster Thread 2015-16

    Just so we're not freaking out regarding Schneider's "minor injury": he said he didn't ask to not play tonight and said it may have been Kinkaid's game penciled in from before, so he's definitely good to go Saturday. Phew.... Breathe out.
  9. New Jersey Devils' Lineup/Roster Thread 2015-16

    Curious if anyone can answer this as I've never seen it asked before but: are scouts reported or accommodated the same way whether they're just scouting for games or for players/trades? Like, I imagine the opposing team sets an area or a suite aside for scouts who are scouting players for a potential trade, accommodates them, and beat reporters usually know this, maybe see the list, and report it. But is it the same for someone just doing tactical scouting? And do we have different scouts for different scouting?
  10. Wideman Shoves Linesman: 20 GM Suspension?

    Yup, the implications are pretty big. The league needs to come down hard on Calgary. I think whether obvious symptoms or subtle (although he definitely showed a few seconds of symptoms just skating back), the medical trainer needs to take him out back. I think in football, it is never up to the player to decide what to do, the medical trainers are held accountable. I'd be surprised if it were any different (in the rule book) in the NHL. You shouldn't take a player's word for it. You take him back there even against his will and if he refuses, you (the team) suspend him for a game. If they come down hard on Calgary, that protocol will start being followed, yesterday. There are tens, maybe hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements/court fees at stake for the league when there's any indication that any teams in the league in 2016 are not following protocol to the strictest standards. It is a shared profit league so these cases and settlements affect every single one of our teams; traditionally small-money teams like the Devils a bit more.
  11. You're pretty right about that, fans like us think about what makes sense for hockey but that would be an absolute PR nightmare. Lundqvist is the Rangers' "Toews and Kane", or "Crosby and Malkin", or "Seguin and Benn" wrapped into one; he's what people pay the price of admission for, Nash or McDonaugh or anyone on the roster has never become that. I think only the real knowledgable fans would understand the move, but the rest of the city would be left with their mouths open (even non-hockey fans). New York makes headline signings, they don't make headline departures, or at least that's the prevailing mentality here. New York's press will either spend a few years talking about Lundqvist's decline or they'll spend a few years referencing Gorton's decision to trade him away. Gorton's in a tough spot and will have a lot of Sather's mistakes to deal with for a long time. His hands are probably a bit more tied but he's not doing as a good job of cleaning up Sather's mess the way Hextall has dealt with Holmgren's mess; although both seemed like mission impossible when they took over.
  12. Wideman Shoves Linesman: 20 GM Suspension?

    Yup. NHL did what it needed to do and played Calgary's/Wideman's bluff. Now they're coming out and saying he was concussed. I think they should reassess the situation, maybe lower the amount of games on Wideman later on, but harshly penalize Calgary for its medical team not taking charge and making him go to the quiet room. The league and its players will be better off if they use this incident to take a strong stand on concussion issues and protocol. If this were New Jersey, we would've been hit with a $1 million fine and lose a 1st and 3rd round pick, to be made an example of league-wide of how not to handle an even possibly concussed player.
  13. New Jersey Devils' Lineup/Roster Thread 2015-16

    Haven't really been following Carolina much this season but looking now, it's unbelievable how balanced their scoring is. 7 players have 24 or more points. The current 3rd line of Skinner-Rask-Lindholm have 29/30/24 points respectively. And ditto on the top 2 lines. Justin Falk leads with 33 points. Everything has clicked for them offensively.
  14. New Jersey Devils' Lineup/Roster Thread 2015-16

    Possibilities (some more possible than others): Calgary - Michael Frolik - RW - 27 years old - 5 year contract Carolina - Phil DiGiuseppe - LW/RW - 22 years old - Victor Rask - C - 22 years old - Elias Lindholm - C/LW - 21 years old (highly doubt this) - Jeff Skinner - LW - 23 years old   Take from this list what you will. I think trading for any of these guys is a bigger move than going for Drouin and probably costs a pretty penny (Frolik the least).
  15. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    I was thinking more along the lines of recouping something for Yandle, like I'm sure Jeff Gorton felt he should do (and he should do). Klein's injury puts that on ice and they could really use a restocking of the cupboard (prospects and draft picks).