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  1. Does anyone have an estimated time that the pick will actually be made? I figure there'll be some fluff to start before the actual pick, anyone recall how delayed it's been in past years??
  2. Its an interesting situation because as a fan im just as worried about giving the flyers the better player than i am about us picking the right guy. Id almost rather be picking 2nd so there would never be questions or second guesses. Of course Shero doesnt have this mindset so i just hope hes confident in whatever choice he makes.
  3. I agree we could do a lot this offseason that could hep us, but don't forget all those other teams also get the same chance to improve in the off season too. In terms of short-term aspirations, I honestly feel the only team in the metro we're ahead of is Carolina, and thats only if last year was a fluke for Cory. That's not to say we shouldn't hope for a playoff appearance next year but for me it will be a pleasant surprise.
  4. I'm an optimist but you sir are on a whole other level . How many teams do you see us behind currently in terms of being close to a cup? Because it's not just how close you think the Devils are, it's how close all of Kovy's other options are. There are plenty of young guys to start getting excited for as a Devils fan but we need to temper expectations. A playoff appearance in either of the next two years would be a surprise to me personally.
  5. Daniel is right ultimately i'ts up to Bettman but the speculation is that actually has to do with age, as pointed out by this Puck Daddy post from last year. Once he reaches 35 (April next year), his name is taken of the voluntary retired list and he can unretire anytime and become a free agent. Anytime he does this before 35 and he is Devils' property. So he could play in Russia one more year and the Devils lose his rights at age 35. The problem for Kovalchuk in that case is he would be coming back to the NHL on a 35+ contract which would make him that much less appealing for teams, because a team cannot manipulate his cap hit.
  6. For what it's worth I know some people who have met Crosby out and about and say he's a really good guy. I understand that on the ice he can seem like a whiny douche but I think that stems from his desire to do anything to win. If he was a Devil I'd love it.
  7. Yeah I guess it makes sense, just feel its a bit like publicly announcing which of your children is your favorite, but i guess it a business and players know that,
  8. Does anyone else not particularly like the idea of publicly announcing each team's protected list for the expansion draft? I mean i know these things would probably get leaked anyway, and it makes for more interesting theater to know every team's list, but it could make it a bit awkward next season if say the Devils leave Cammy exposed and he isn't taken.
  9. I think it's a little of both, Kovy wanted to see what interest there was in the NHL and he probably didn't like the numbers he was seeing, but at least he can use it for leverage in negotiations with SKA which I figured all along. If he did come back he'd almost certainly be earning less money here, so he'd have to want it for other reasons.
  10. I'm definitely pulling for the Preds, Great city and the fans deserve it.
  11. Refs are in a tough spot, they don't want to have a major influence on these games but the rules should be enforced. I do think there has some borderline stuff by the Sens that the refs let go, which I honestly don't mind but I can see why the Pens are frustrated and chirping. As far as league conspiracies, some people could spot a conspiracy in a pitch black room. I remember VERY clearly back in 2012 when we were up 3 games to 2 on the Rangers a rags fan called into francesa to complain that he was absolutely certain that the refs and league were conspiring to get the Devils into the finals at the rangers expense. Sometime delusion can't be helped.
  12. I'd be surprised if Galchenyuk is part of a Kovy deal. I thought they're looking for centers in MTL? I'm fine sending him wherever we can get the best return from, even if it's the Rags. But I'm still not holding my breath that he's actually coming back, this could easily just be an effort to leverage more money from the KHL. I'll believe it only when I see him on the ice.
  13. Plenty of GMs make moves that just look terribad in hindsight. If the Nets weren't straight up terrible and the picks were in the middle of round 1 it wouldn't look nearly as bad. Yeah this is exactly the reason they did it. I don't think management could have seriously thought it would bring them a championship, they just needed more bankable names than Deron Williams and Joe John...snore... sorry i fell asleep for a second there writing that. Whatever though... what little interest I still had in NBA was completely lost when the Nets left. I looked at the playoffs yesterday and was shocked, absolutely shocked that it's looking to be a Golden State-Cleveland finals match up. 12 year old me would have eaten the drama up. Now at 29 I have much better things to waste my time on than NBA.
  14. I can guarantee that it will have no effect. Shero will pick who he thinks is the best player. That's all you ever do with the first overall, no matter the sport- you maximize the value by picking the best player no matter how it fits with the team. (There may be few exceptions) I also don't buy into Dreger's bs that the pick may be traded... it's a desperate attempt to build drama when there's barely any surrounding this draft. I just can't see a scenario where we pass on a potential #1C- be it Nico or Nolan unless a team makes a stupid offer, and it doesn't seem like either of those two guys have the pedigree to attract stupid offers. My money's still on Patrick as the pick.
  15. I'm rooting for the pens and I didn't think it deserved a major, but I understand Pens fans angst. I hope Crosby is OK long term.