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  1. Possible "Palmieri-esque" trades for the offseason

    And have who as our starting goalie? It's not that the deal is unfair really, it's just that it doesn't really put us in any better of a situation. The offense would be improved, but to have any shot at the playoffs, we'd still need a capable goalie, and none of our other options, Kink or Wedge, are built or ready to handle a full season's workload and carry a team into the playoffs. It would be a pretty lateral move if you ask me. The only benefit being I guess that Gaudreau is younger, whereas Schneider realistically has 3-5 years left in his prime.
  2. TG Leaving the Record

    http://fireandice.northjersey.com/ ?
  3. The Offseason Plan™

    Disagree with those points, at least for us -- we're a team with little depth, almost at all areas, and virtually anyone, particularly a first round top 11 pick, could immediately be plugged into the starting 18. Zacha is a prime example of this and could've easily made the team last year and performed better than most of the other 12 forwards who played with the big club. Even if the guy isn't immediately ready, two years or so isn't that long so the idea to draft a guy as BPA rather than immediate or at least short-term needs doesn't solve much. I could understand if that BPA was eventually traded or moved for something else, but that hardly ever happens, so basically you end up picking up someone who sure is talented, but doesn't really give you what you need. It's like if you're driving a 5 year old car that's in good shape inside and out, but it needs new tires as they're going bald, and instead of investing in a new set you decide to upgrade the exhaust system for more horsepower. It might be an upgrade in that area, but you didn't need it, and it didn't fix the problem you really should have addressed.
  4. Possible "Palmieri-esque" trades for the offseason

    I'd like to see JVR here. He just turned 27 so he's got several good years left in him. Sign him to a 5-6 year deal at a decent price, put him with the right linemates, and we could have another good forward to round out our top 6. It doesn't solve our need for more Centers or RW's, but if he or others can be moved around and are versatile like most guys are, it could work out nicely.
  5. The Offseason Plan™

    lol, why? Isn't that pretty much the determining factor for most/all teams, and rightfully so? What do you want them to base their decisions off of, throwing darts on the wall and see what sticks?
  6. The Offseason Plan™

    I don't really see Buffalo taking a defenseman. Of the 8 d-men listed on their roster, they only have THREE over the age of 25, and those three are age 28, 31, and 33. So they're extremely young on the blue line, and probably just need to continue adding scoring, since they were again one of the bottom 5 teams in Goals For again this past year.
  7. The Offseason Plan™

    You left off Zacha from your line combos. He's gotta be in the mix next year for sure. I don't like DSP on the 1st line at all, that's not where he belongs. Assuming we go after a UFA to slot on the 1st line, which I think we need badly, the lines in my eyes could look something like this, which isn't as bad as you originally outlined: Cammalleri - Henrique - FA/UFA RW Boucher - Zajac - Palmieri Blandisi - Zacha - Elias Kalinin - Josefson - Sislo Greene - Larsson Moore - Severson Merrill - Schlemko/Santini Schneider Kink/Wedge (would be happy with either...I could see them going with Wedge now and letting Kink walk or keep him in the minors) Obviously the above depends on a few things, but none of them seem like they are a huge stretch. Will they all happen? Maybe not, but with a little luck, it might not be too bad and we could be a playoff team, IF... A) Cammalleri comes back, is healthy, and is productive. B) Elias comes back, is healthy, and is moderately productive to play on the 3rd line C) Schlemko re-signs and we can put him back there and not have to play Warsofsky -- I don't like the idea of him on the team. D) We sign someone that we can afford, and is a 1st line forward (easier said than done, but there's some talented UFAs this year)
  8. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Not only was it late, but it looks like a clear elbow to the head. 3 games seems just to me, considering this is the playoffs, but it still makes no sense that Letang got nothing for swinging his stick.
  9. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    I like/liked those a lot too. Especially the slanted stripes on the sleeves. It was unique and pretty cool looking.
  10. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    These were the rumored jersey concepts back in January. Wonder if they go with the 2nd ones now since that seems really close to the same logo?
  11. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    I guess I'm one of the few that hates it. Indeed I think it looks very soccer-ish, which I don't think is very appealing, and on top of that I'm just way more of a fan of logos actually being more of a character/symbol feel to them, rather than putting whatever it actually is into some crested design. (i.e. Predators, Blackhawks, Coyotes, even Penguins for the most part)
  12. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Was he there for all 4 of those seasons? I feel like he just became their coach like 1-2 years ago. Either way, if he was, he's gotta be done. No one should get that much leeway. That's insane.
  13. Devils looking to add offense in the offseason

    Completely agree as well. It's just an unforunate predicament. He's great at faceoffs for us, but I agree the future is with Henrique at #2 C, because even he's not really a true #1, and Zajac definitely isn't, so that leaves you with the problem of where to put him. Yeah ideally he's not "bad enough" to be a #3 C, but not good enough to supplant Henrique at 2. He's also not ideal for a 4th/checking line in my eyes either, because he just doesn't have the size. Sure his defense is pretty good, but he doesn't hit all that much and he's not totally a grind along the boards guy.
  14. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    I guess, but what's the difference doing it the other way, you have to wait and fill out your bracket round by round instead of doing it all up front? Big deal. It's almost more fun that way, because it builds anticipation and you don't know who's going to play who until each round is over. There's way less drama this way, and I don't know about you, but this whole ANA/NSH series going 7 games, especially with the fact that it's now ending AFTER Round 2 begins, it kinda feels like "Just get it the hell over with already, so one of you two teams can square off against the Sharks". When you already know who the teams you'll be facing in the next around are, it kinda lets the wind out of the sails if you ask me.
  15. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    NCAA basketball has 64 teams...nowhere close to 16, so the comparison really isn't there at all. Plus, the thing I have always hated about March Madness, and actually all college sports in general, is the amount of teams and games there are. I mean, I can sit watching TV on a Saturday and watch the ESPN scrolling ticker go by with scores of college football for 15 minutes before I see a repeat score. Really, who the fvck cares that Tulane played Idaho St? That's the reason I don't want the NHL to expand beyond 30 teams. That's the sweet spot, and 16 teams in the playoffs, with 1v8 seeding is also the sweet spot. Don't muck with a good thing.