NLinfante

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NLinfante last won the day on January 11 2012

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  1. Gotcha. Same page. Some of the indications are that he wants to be on the east coast, which probably isn't ideal for NJ, but maybe not the end of the world either as long as it's not with NYR.
  2. To ensure that Shero has some say over where he ends up or is compensated for not having that say?
  3. So I may have been willing to listen to the #3 OA for Schneider talk last week, knowing that there are a few former #1 goalies available with the expansion draft, but after watching Flower get abused tonight I'm not so sure I'm willing to go that route anymore. Goal after goal after goal high glove. Yikes.
  4. With the load of speculation around here that Hynes will stay (at least for the moment) but that the AC's need to go, I wonder if Danny B makes sense for Shero?
  5. I'm glad that disaster against Dallas on Sunday wasn't my last game for the year. I'm sure the rock will look more like opening night than fan appreciation day.
  6. Everyone can appreciate picking in the top 3 of the first round, especially first overall, with the hopes of finding an NHL ready player. But remember, there is tremendous value in those 2nd and 3rd round picks, especially as trade bait for established players, which is what has widely been rumored to be Shero's plan because of the number of picks NJ has stockpiled. Not all second round picks are created equal, and ours should be intriguing to other GM's. Whether we trade them or use them is up to the boss. I agree that it's brutal seeing NEW JERSEY at the very bottom of the conference standings on NHL.com everyday, but maybe, just maybe, this 16 losses in 18 games (read: "tank") can be the catalyst for a turnaround. Hope is all we've got.
  7. Full disclosure, I watched about 15 minutes of the first period. 9-19-21 had two pretty nice shifts at the end, but the rest of the team is unwatchable. Really, it hurts to sit on the couch and watch this kind of futility. I'm going to revert to the fan of 3 years ago who didn't give a damn about any of the stats and relied on my eyes: this team is terrible in all three zones and all the call ups with jersey numbers in the 40's and 50's haven't given me any reason to think that they are NHL'ers. But, that's what you'd expect post-deadline in a losing season, so I'll just turn my attention to Shero pulling off some minor miracles. I still believe that this team is only a few reasonable pieces from fighting for a playoff spot or even making the post-season. I guess we'll hope for another big summer and for the love of God get 9 a real #1 C to play with and let 19 do his shutdown thing against the opposing team's top line. We can order #1 C's on Amazon or something, right?
  8. Based solely on games I've been to in person (major non conference, regular season, conference/NCAA tournament, NHL regular season, NHL outdoor, NHL playoffs) the atmosphere at the Beanpot final is the best in all of hockey short of a Stanley Cup Final game. I will admit some bias because I had the opportunity to go four straight years in college, but I highly recommend the trip to any hockey fan, even without connection to one of the schools.
  9. His TOI and the competition he faces nightly has just as much to do with his -24 as his actual ability does. I'm not worried about him at all; he could use a little help though.
  10. My season ticket rep called me yesterday afternoon just to make sure I didn't need a block of tickets. Ummm, I'm good. EDIT: no disrespect to the sales staff, but the timing was less than ideal.
  11. I sat in the 10th row or so behind the bench last Friday against St. Louis. Typically I think this board is full of doom and gloom crazy people, but I must admit, I didn't see a single thing that looked good last Friday. Nothing spectacular in the D-zone, the breakout was weak and lots of players missed the net on the chances generated in the o-zone (Palmieri). Auvitu also missed a wide open T. Hall on a backdoor pass that would have made it a one goal game early in the third. I did hear Hall let Auvitu know about it once they were back on the bench. One interesting tid-bit was that I didn't hear Hynes shout or raise his voice once, and I was sort of waiting for it. Maybe I was just far enough away, but he seemed resigned to their fate that night. I dont think he's the problem, but someone is going to have to show some emotion eventually. Similar takeaway from Sunday in MSG, Palmieri falling on the red line and the puck ending up in the net was a fitting microcosm for the whole night. I would tend to agree that we're losing games against superior competition, but I don't buy it against the Rangers. The players know how much that game means within the division. NYR was without multiple forwards and their backup goaltender played. 5-0 is unacceptable.
  12. Habs' PP hasn't been great, but the Devils must stay out of the box to earn 2 points. Montreal's depth problems won't matter if Radulov-Shaw-Pac-Weber-Markov get clicking with the man advantage. This would be a nice win on the road with some tough games coming up.
  13. I thought the crowd was pretty good for a home opener on a Tuesday. I didn't notice anything too messy going on besides the dope behind me in section 6 who insisted that "you should never trade defense for offense" and "Hall is a bum". I think I overheard this when #9 failed to convert down low on the 5v3 PP...and then promptly scored about 30 seconds later. I know it's been a long-standing topic of conversation here, and I (admittedly) have only visited a few other rinks for comparison, but we have some pretty dumb fans. Other than the Boucher call which I didn't get a second look at, I thought the refs were fine (and they called the Ducks for about 100 penalties) yet we chanted again and again how much they suck. I suppose as long as these casual fans are buying tickets and putting their butts in the seats I shouldn't complain but it's frustrating nonetheless. As others have mentioned, Hall was fantastic. Could have easily scored two more goals last night after the feed from Bouch shorthanded and on the cycle play with Zacha. He's as dynamic as they come and I'm thrilled to have him.
  14. The only shred of hope I'll cling to is that JV has made it clear he wants to play right away, probably in the top 6 and on the PP (if my memory from an earlier article is correct). We can offer that without too much difficulty as long as Shero and Hynes think it's reasonable. All of these teams can probably afford the max ELC, but what happens in Chicago in two years when it's time for a raise? He could very well end up like Teravainen because those contracts for 19 and 88 aren't going anywhere. As for the rangers, I'm as biased as anyone on here, but they are clearly in decline unless someone helps them with a terrible trade. I can't imagine looking at NJ and NY from a purely hockey perspective and thinking that NY was the way to go. NJ and Toronto have the money, the cap flexibility and young rosters on the upswing. Chicago gives him the best chance at a quick cup. Let's not confuse Vesey with McDavid or Matthews, but I hope somehow Shero and Fitz can make this work.
  15. I guess he played with Kerfoot which maybe brings the slightest bit of interest, but I'd be shocked if he chose to play anywhere but Boston. Maybe you make the case for an upgraded Buffalo team; I'm not sure how close he was with Eichel when they played across the city in college. His competition in the ECAC was lower level than most other conferences but then again, a Hobey is no small accomplishment. Shero has done a fine job so far, maybe he has one more trick up his sleeve. He's another lefty winger, but as others have mentioned, you make room for that kind of upside.