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  1. GDT - Devils @ Avalanche - 1/14/2016

    I think the coaching staff has done a very good job at making a rag-tag group of players somewhat competitive for the playoff hunt.  As mentioned many times before, this team lacks many necessary ingredients to compete in the playoffs and beyond.  One thing that has been fairly consistent, however, is their competitiveness and effort. I will tell you this, however, if the Devils arrive to the playoffs with a relatively full roster, I won't discredit the possibility of them doing some damage.  They are a team with a stud goalie, and fairly solid defensive corps captained by Andy Greene, and a group of steady two-way forwards (Henrique / Zajac / Cammy) that can hold their own.  Add to this the fact that Henrique / Ya Yo / Zajac / Elias / Larsson / Greene / Gio, etc all went to the SCF in 2012 and have the experience of a long-run in the playoffs, this could become an interesting factor that could give the team an edge. Now, if the Devils run into a team the caliber of Montreal / Chicago (SCF) , and aren't running on all cylinders, then they are going to get trounced quicker than you can say "NHL DRAFT".... They key is getting to the playoffs.  Getting there with a relatively healthy roster.  I can see the Devils going at least two rounds.
  2. GDT #40- Detroit at NJ: 7PM

    I was at the game last night.  The effort was there.  They went toe to toe with Detroit.  Puck pressure was there.  In the end, the Devils lack the player that can make something out of nothing.  The difference maker player that can create space in a tight checking game.  They surely could have benefitted having a player that can break through the neutral zone by himself last night.  They were just pathetic getting the puck from their own blue line across the other team's blue line, especially in the last 4 minutes of the game.  Dump and chase only goes so far.
  3. Preppie soccer kids given night off with free Devs Tix.

    Let's be serious here -   you think Josh Harris was thinking about calling up St. Benedict's to see if there was a game scheduled?  I don't think so.  And for that matter, if any of us were rich enough to have a helicopter cart us around the tri-state area, we wouldn't be thinking about calling them up either.   Cancelling a game because the field used as a helipad was more important?  It may have been a simple dollars and sense decision.  I don't know if the U13 league has a permit agreement with SBP, but I'll tell you one thing - whether Harris is leasing the field as a helipad or is a potential or is an actual BENEFACTOR to SBP, it's a no-brainer in who wins out on that.  What Harris can give to SBP is in no way, shape, or form even close to what that U13 league could give.  So, from a strategical decision stand-point, while it pissed off a few kids and parents, in the long term, the decision was best for the school.
  4. Why are players like this allowed to play in the NHL?

      I don't think his interview went down to the level of douche baggery at all.  I have met Zac Rinando personally a few times, and while he can be cocky for what he does, he isn't a bad guy.  
  5. Brandon Saad or Brandon Dubinsky + 1st rounder or Ryan Johanssen...nothing more, nothing less.
  6. Rumor: Travis Zajac being shopped to Toronto

    Kadri's on a short leash in Toronto.  I could see this going down very quickly.   BTW, I DONT want Kadri on this team.  But, given our luck, that's what's gonna happen.
  7. GDT: Nashville Predators @ NJ Devils 7pm

      You're right.  There's nothing that really "motivates" me to watch this group of players other than my love for hockey.  My love for hockey doesn't give me any right to spend over $25 bucks to watch this group of glorified minor league forwards.
  8. GDT: Nashville Predators @ NJ Devils 7pm

    Our team stinks, and while I generally hope we put in an effort to win - to be competitive - I hope we seriously tank if we can't be a .500 team by the end of ten games.   Any good prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft?
  9. Around the League 15-16 Edition

      Kadri getting on Babcock's nerves already?
  10. 10,000 Days working for Lou Lamariello

    Lou was bigger than Blitzer and Harris in NJ, so that is why they needed to push through to another GM.  Shero, being directly hired by Harris and Biltzer, would need to follow their line and not vice versa.   Conte is very loyal to Lou, so I wouldn't expect to see him airing out dirty laundry to TSN.  It would be good, however, to get an open, honest, unfavored review of Lou by someone who may have some critiques about him and has had experience dealing with  - maybe someone like Claude Julien or Bobby Holik.
  11. Rumor: Travis Zajac being shopped to Toronto

    Zajac is a good player, but not as dynamic of a player to be the centerpiece of any team.  He, right now, is our 1st line center, and that is a problem.   His intangibles (such as playoff clutchness, leadership, low-key demeanor) are very marketable, especially for a place like Toronto that needs low-key, team first mentors.   I would look for a player the likes of JVR...he is a solid player, a Jersey kid, that could be a force up front.  We would, however, need to replace Zajac at center somehow if this were to go down.
  12. Chris Lams gone now

    This is a classic case of two potential scenarios:     1st - Chris, out of loyalty to his father, decided to cut ties with the organization.  Same thing can be said for the other guys that got the axe.   2nd - Shero is building his team of "trusted confidants" that will tow the line according to the way he wants it towed.  No use in having people of the old regime around with different ideas, or better yet, reporting ideas to Lamoriello up in Toronto.    Better to cut everyone loose and move one with a new crew...
  13. I would like to see "UNITED AIRLINES" on it's HUB teams, like the Kings/Blackhawks/Devils/Sharks.  That would be neat.   Or, perhaps Emirates will take over the NHL by storm.
  14. Tom Fitzgerald named Assistant GM

    Why does any team need an assistant GM?  What exactly does an assistant GM do?   Too many chiefs and not enough indians.  
  15. Lou is New Toronto GM

    This is a classic sign of a man who was "ousted symbolically" and "downgraded" to a lesser position on his own turf and him getting revenge by feeling "wanted" somewhere else and uprooting and going that direction.     It's funny that Lou didn't do what he kinda asked Marty to do...go off into the sunset on top.  Instead, he is still not calling it quits and this can taint his legacy much like Marty's curtain call was kinda tainted...