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  1. Should the Devils throw today's game?

    Throw?!?! ...That's not in my vocabulary. - Lou Lamoriello
  2. Should Brodeur Play vs Isles Sunday

    Most recently, Lou Lamoriello has shown that he will do what is best for the team. I am all for resting Marty but if Marty wants to play, I will tell him to ask Lou. I think LL has demonstrated loyalty to his players but first and foremost, he is loyal to the team. If anything, Lou values the team over any individual achievements.
  3. Why Would I Want to Coach the Devils ...

    best seat in the house all the you can drink
  4. Devils go to school to find talent

    Has Hugh Jessiman done anything in the ECAC?
  5. Teemu Laine

    With the NHL game being geared to smaller and faster players, would his prospect ranking increase? (Notice that I did not include "more skilled" in determining the rule change effect.) Since I have never seen his style of play, I can only guess that it would. I am unawares as to any AHL rule changes that mimic those being instituted in the NHL. If there are rule changes that make it more advantageous for the former speed skater to play in North America, would LL bring him over or should the Devils let him languish in Europe, though they play a more wide open game? If anything, bring him into Devils camp and show what speed will do to the game.
  6. Breaking news: Devils sign Richard Matvichuk

    Does he know hockey or is he just good at making nick names?
  7. Will the WHA be televised

    Are there children on the bus? If yes, that would be really cool!!
  8. NHL Entry Draft 2004

    So, how long has Conte been the scouting director? I know that the Devils have had a strong history with the draft. How tight (or loose) are the Lou's reins when it comes to the draft?
  9. NHL Entry Draft 2004

    http://www.forecaster.ca/hockeynews/hockey...raft-MockDraft1 1. Washington Capitals: Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Dynamo Moscow (Russia) The consensus best player available for the 2004 draft, Ovechkin will be asked to lead Washington's NHL revival. The Capitals may receive a few strong offers for the No. 1 overall selection, but will ultimately decide to hold onto the pick with the hope Ovechkin can sell more tickets in D.C. He'll be asked to contribute right away to the Caps cause. 2. Pittsburgh Penguins: Evgeni Malkin, C, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (Russia) As soon as the Penguins found out they had lost the 2004 Draft Lottery to Washington, they quickly forgot about Ovechkin and focused squarely on Malkin. Without a legitimate No. 1 center to eventually take over for captain/owner Mario Lemieux, choosing Malkin at No. 2 for the Pens is a no-brainer. Signing him to play in North America will be a challenge, however. 3. Chicago Blackhawks: Lauri Tukonen, RW, Blues Espoo (Finland) The 'Hawks could go in several directions with the No. 3 pick: A big scoring winger such as Tukonen, a potential stalwart defenseman in Cam Barker, a promising No. 1 center in Rostislav Olesz or even a trade down for more immediate help. In the end, they'll surprise a few people with the selection of Tukonen--who'll become Tuomo Ruutu's linemate right away. 4. Columbus Blue Jackets: Cam Barker, D, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) Jackets GM Doug MacLean will gamble that Barker is available in the No. 4 slot, or he may decide to give up an extra asset(s) to move up to the third position just to secure Barker--the best all-around defenseman available in 2004. If the 'Hawks decide to take him, look for MacLean to trade down from the fourth pick to secure extra picks or more immediate help. 5. Phoenix Coyotes: Rostislav Olesz, C, HC Vitkovice (Czech Republic) The Coyotes will mull over several options at No. 5, including goaltender Alvaro Montoya and strapping winger Andrew Ladd but finally settle on Olesz--who may have challenged Malkin for the No. 2 draft position had he not suffered a concussion at the 2004 WJC tournament. Olesz is the big, talented center Phoenix needs to compete regularly with the best in the West. 6. New York Rangers: Andrew Ladd, LW, Calgary Hitmen (WHL) The Blueshirts are a team in full-blown reconstruction mode, and will use the 2004 draft to add several potential building blocks. It begins with Ladd, arguably the best natural left wing not named Alexander Ovechkin available in this year's draft crop. If Phoenix (or perhaps Chicago) decides to pass on Rostislav Olesz, the Rangers will have a major dilemma on their hands. 7. Florida Panthers: Boris Valabik, D, Kitchener Rangers (OHL) Consider the No. 7 draft position to be up for grabs. If the Panthers decide to keep the pick, and the likes of Tukonen, Barker, Olesz and Ladd are all gone, they may opt for a need selection in the towering Valabik. Florida may also decide to trade down so as to add an asset(s), while either selecting the player they want (Valabik) anyway or opting for more immediate help. 8. Carolina Hurricanes: Robbie Schremp, C, London Knights (OHL) The hometown franchise at every draft usually tries to make fans happy with their initial selection. Schremp is one of the most exciting players available in 2004, and the Hurricanes need all the offensive players they can get. As a result, they'll pick Schremp with the hope he can do in 2004-05 what fellow center Eric Staal (No. 2 overall in 2003) provided Carolina this past season. 9. Mighty Ducks of Anaheim: A.J. Thelen, D, Michigan State University (CCHA) While the Ducks will enter the draft proceedings without former GM Bryan Murray, the team won't change its draft strategy in Round 1. As a result, Thelen will be the target as their future No. 1 or 2 rearguard. In order to grab him, however, Anaheim may have to move up to the No. 7 position to secure his rights, since he's coveted by several clubs. 10. Atlanta Thrashers: Alexander Radulov, RW, Dynamo Moscow 2 (Russia 2) The No. 10 draft position is another slot up for grabs. Radulov doesn't necessarily fit Atlanta's draft needs but GM Don Waddell could decide to take the best player available in Round 1. He may also receive plenty of trade offers at No. 10, with potential targets Radulov, Al Montoya and fellow 'keeper Marek Schwarz all expected to garner a lot of attention. 11. Los Angeles Kings: Marek Schwarz, G, Sparta Praha (Czech Republic) Securing a netminder in Round 1 is a no-brainer for the Kings. Schwarz and Al Montoya could both be had with the No. 11 selection, which would force the organization to choose between two goalkeepers they like a lot. The decision will likely be made for them, if another club moves up to No. 7 or 10 in order to grab a goalie. Look for L.A. to try their luck with the flashier Schwarz. 12. Minnesota Wild: Drew Stafford, RW, U of North Dakota (WCHA) The Wild may be tempted to select whichever netminder the Kings leave them--if one of Schwarz or Montoya is still on the board. However, look for GM Doug Risebrough to prefer local kid Stafford at No. 12. With 2003 pick (20th overall) Brent Burns converting from right wing to defense, adding Stafford to the club's right side makes a lot of sense. 13. Buffalo Sabres: Ladislav Smid, D, HC Liberec (Czech Republic) The Sabres are expected to pick a defenseman at No. 13, and the choices are likely to come down to two Slovaks (Boris Valabik and Andrej Meszaros) and a Czech (Smid). If Florida passes on Valabik--and no other team makes a move up to secure his rights--he should be Buffalo's choice. Otherwise, they'll prefer Smid's two-way game to the offensive potential of Meszaros. 14. Edmonton Oilers: Alex Picard, LW, Lewiston MAINEiacs (QMJHL) With two first round picks this year, the Oilers will try to draft based on long-term needs. They should begin the process with a player of significant offensive upside. The choices will likely be left-wingers Picard and Wojtek Wolski, and centers Travis Zajac and Kyle Chipchura. The Oilers love selecting Alberta natives but won't be able to pass up the chance to draft slick Picard. 15. Nashville Predators: Travis Zajac, C, Salmon Arm (BCHL) The Predators will focus on the center position in Round 1, since it's their greatest organizational weakness. Zajac, Chipchura, Jakub Sindel, Johannes Salmonsson and Petteri Nokelainen may all be considered at No. 15 but it may come down to Zajac's long-term potential versus Chipchura's all-around game. Nashville GM David Poile could go in either direction. 16. New York Islanders: Kyle Chipchura, C, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) The Islanders have targeted Chipchura for a while, so they may decide to move up in the first round in order to secure his draft rights. With Alexei Yashin, Michael Peca and Dave Scatchard up the middle, the Isles can afford to be patient with Chipchura--though one of the aforementioned vets could be moved in a cost-cutting move. 17. St. Louis Blues: Alvaro Montoya, G, University of Michigan (CCHA) The Blues are targeting scoring help in this year's draft, though goaltending remains an issue within the organization. If Montoya (or Marek Schwarz for that matter) is available at No. 17, St. Louis GM Larry Pleau will gladly take him--despite the fact he drafted netminders Konstantin Barulin and Chris Beckford-Tseu a year ago. Otherwise, he will target a scoring winger. 18. Montreal Canadiens: Wojtek Wolski, LW, Brampton Battalion (OHL) The Canadiens need size, especially at the center position. Therefore, they may target the likes of Kyle Chipchura, Bruce Graham and Petteri Nokelainen in Round 1. However, Wolski may fall into their laps at No. 18. Since they could use more scoring wingers as well, the Habs would take the best player available (Wolski) if he starts to slip down the rankings. 19. Calgary Flames: Petteri Nokelainen, C, SaiPa Lappeenranta (Finland) Fresh off an outstanding Stanley Cup playoff run, the Flames will look for more help up front. It takes a certain type of player to play Darryl Sutter-type hockey, and Nokelainen may have the two-way game Sutter is looking for. Also, Sutter is feeling good about Finland these days, since he received an outstanding return on investments Miikka Kiprusoff and Ville Nieminen. 20. Dallas Stars: Andrej Meszaros, D, Dukla Trencin (Slovakia) The Stars are expected to target a first-round defenseman. Slovak Meszaros could be a perfect heir to Sergei Zubov's power play throne down the road, though Dallas GM {Doug Armstrong] also covets mammoth countryman Boris Valabik--Armstrong would probably need to move up in the order to secure the latter. Jeff Schultz, Mike Green and Wes O'Neill are also targets. 21. Colorado Avalanche: Lauri Korpikoski, C/W, TPS Turku jr. (Finland jr.) With Peter Forsberg likely to announce his retirement from the NHL, and Paul Kariya as well as Teemu Selanne becoming unrestricted free agents, the Avalanche need to address their forward situation for both in the short term and long run. Korpikoski's outstanding surge up the draft charts should propel him into the first round, and Colorado is a natural fit for the gifted Finn. 22. New Jersey Devils: Bruce Graham, C, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) The Devils have a penchant for drafting off the radar, but they are expected to select based on organizational need in Round 1 this time around. New Jersey lacks size up front, and especially at the center position. They'd love to secure Kyle Chipchura but would have to trade up to get him. Therefore, look for GM Lou Lamoriello to take a flyer on 6-6 giant pivot Graham. 23. Ottawa Senators: Kyle Wharton, D, Ottawa 67's (OHL) The Senators used to draft heavily in Europe, especially when Jarmo Kekalainen--now with the St. Louis Blues--was calling the shots at the draft table. Things have changed under GM John Muckler, however. Muckler will continue to seek more grit and character for his roster. As a result, selecting defensive defenseman Wharton--a local product--makes a lot of sense. 24. New York Rangers (from Toronto): Jakub Sindel, C/RW, Sparta Praha (Czech Republic) Following the trade that sent long-time Blueshirt Brian Leetch to Toronto, the Rangers will choose in the first round for the second time this year. While they may decide to take one forward and one defenseman in Round 1, Sindel's scoring potential may be too good to pass up. Also, there is already a strong Czech presence on Broadway (Jaromir Jagr, Bobby Holik, etc.). 25. Edmonton (from Philadelphia): Devan Dubnyk, G, Kamloops Blazers (WHL) With the second of their first-round selections, the Oilers are expected to kill two birds with one stone: Add more goaltending depth to the organization, while selecting a local product in the process. Dubnyk would join Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers as first-round picks vying for the 'goaltender-of-the-future' label in Edmonton. 26. Vancouver Canucks: Johannes Salmonsson, LW/C, Djurgardens IF (Sweden) The Canucks will begin their search for long-term replacements for All-Star forwards Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi in Round 1. Salmonsson has the talent to go in the top 10 of the 2004 draft, but didn't play to expectations because of shoulder problems in 2003-04. Still, new Vancouver GM Dave Nonis could make an early statement by grabbing Salmonsson. 27. Washington Capitals (from Boston): Jeff Schultz, D, Calgary Hitmen (WHL) After taking Ovechkin with the first pick overall, the Capitals are expected to address their major weakness along the blueline with their following two first-round draft picks. Schultz has the potential to see a ton of ice time as a stabilizing force, which should appeal to Caps GM George McPhee. Schultz also possesses loads of upside, but is a long-term project. 28. San Jose Sharks: Blake Wheeler, RW, Breck High School (USHSW) The Sharks are a young, fast-rising team in the Western Conference. As a result, there are no specific needs within the organization. GM Doug Wilson can afford to be patient with a high-school player such as Wheeler, who'll probably spend at least the next three years in the NCAA ranks. If Wilson prefers to go for a defenseman in Round 1, Wes O'Neill may be his choice. 29. Washington Capitals (from Detroit): Mike Green, D, Saskatoon Blades (WHL) Green, Wes O'Neill, Kirill Lyamin, Johan Fransson and Sami Lepisto could all be Washington's choice as their third pick of Round 1. Green may have a slight edge because of his combination of physical play and offensive potential. He's also a right-handed shot, which may be a determining factor when GM McPhee steps up to the podium for the third time. 30. Tampa Bay Lightning: Cory Schneider, G, Phillips-Andover High School (USHSE) The Stanley Cup champs are loaded with young, gifted offensive players and plenty of blueline depth. Therefore, GM Jay Feaster is expected to address his club's lack of future netminders in Round 1. After Marek Schwarz, Al Montoya and Devan Dubnyk are taken, Schneider or David Shantz could be Tampa Bay's target--since they are both fringe first-round prospects. Posted on June 8 at 10:14pm ET However, with lou lams, who knows what will happen. Does anyone know how Lou's success rate is with first rounders?
  10. If you are interested....

    Fair enough. I do share your attitude that hockey fans are constant. All the other sports are for the masses and often welcomes bandwagoneers. I count the days when the Devils season begins anew. Fortunately, our summers have been shorter than mosts. As for the Yankees pitching, I think they just made a movie about it. I think it's called "The Day after Tomorrow". Heaven might as well fall from the sky when the Yankees do not achieve greatness.
  11. If you are interested....

    Depending on the sources, the team was purchased for $195 million by Puck Holdings, a separate entity from YankeeNets, which overpaid by $20 million. (The Newark Star Ledger's Matthew Futterman and George E. Jordan) The fact that the new owners overpaid for the teams means that they will eventually take a hit on the bottom line equal to that overpayment. In geak speak, the purchaser (Puck Holdings) will record the assets acquired at the fair market value, which is $175 million. The overpayment will then be carried on the books until the "goodwill" stops providing a future benefit. With the current state of the NHL, a blind man can see that overpaying, even better, owning an NHL team holds little or no future benefit. The accounting for the overpayment is often a one time hit and is recognized upon the managements discretion. If the Devils incurred a net loss of $15 million in 2003, the blame should not be directed to the operations but to the stupidity of owners. Had the Devils not incur the paper loss (primarily a financing miscalculation), the team would have been one of the 11 teams that made a profit during the period. Personally, I do not know whether Vancouver made a profit or loss last year. Being the latest major league sports team in the congested New York-metropolitan area compounds the Devil's woes. Among the four (4) major sports, hockey (sorry to say) is a distant fourth in the area. Champions and winning teams are not a rarity where the Devils call home. In the meadowlands alone, teams have made their mark and went to win titles. I consider the Devils as my own. However, prior to witnessing winning three Stanley Cups by the Devils, the other two hockey teams have combined for five (5) titles within my life time. The Meadowlands Sports Complex houses the Continental Airlines arena, where both the Devils and Nets play. Both teams struggle with attendance despite having successful teams. Both teams have the fans, but it is where the arena is located and in what condition the arena that should be asked. The sports complex is very hard to reach. As most teams in the area, the team relies on cable contracts and has lots of competition for a very small area. It has to somehow stay up atop of the demand for Rangers and Islanders games. The team has obviously been the best in performance out of those teams due to its many long playoff runs in recent years. And yet, the Devils make little headway as sports coverage is often inaccessable because of black-outs. Once a the new arena is built within Newark the financial question marks over the Devils and the NETS should dissapear.
  12. Yet another writer misses the point

    LL actually means Lou Lams. Though Ladies Love cool NJ. Thanks.
  13. Yet another writer misses the point

    Why do others simply ignore the facts and discount what the Devils have done? Just last year, the Devils accomplished the following. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/20.../10/devils_btn/ 4.6 -- National television rating for Game 7, according to Nielsen television ratings data, making it the most-watched NHL game in the U.S. on broadcast television since Game 6 of the 1974 finals between the Flyers and Bruins. 12 -- Goal differential of the four Stanley Cup finals games in New Jersey, each of which the Devils won by three goals. Devil fans, as most know, can cite many facts that would prove nay-sayers and prejudiced writers. We can lobby as much as we can, but to no avail. We can shout it from the mountaintops and nothing will change. As the saying goes: "Talk softly but carry a big stick." Devil fans should say "Talk softly and carry a Stanley Cup (three,in fact)."