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  1. Drouin

    Hell, if the Devils were prepared to offer Larsson, it BETTER get the deal done. Thats a non-starter though. Under no circumstances should Larsson be considered in almost any trade at this point. He's far too valuable to us going forward and he's set up perfectly for the next 5 years. Tampa would absolutely be adding if it was a consideration. Unless we were getting a guaranteed talent type of young forward back would I even remotely consider trading Larsson. Drouin's NHL resume is not strong enough for a straight swap with Larsson. A comparable recent deal would be the Jones/Johansen swap, thats the level of player Larsson would be bringing back. Drouin is not that level. I don't think they'd want Severson at this point at least not in a straight swap. I also don't think the Devils should consider moving him. If he was the target I'd expect that we'd be the ones expected to add. Merrill + a 2nd round pick would be the most Id offer for Drouin and it probably wouldn't get the deal done since a team like Anaheim can likely offer a more valuable defensive prospect than we can.
  2. So there's this.
  3. Per McKenzie. Yes, it was announced at 2:30ish AM EST on a Saturday morning.
  4. The Devils Need A Center Right Now

    Assuredly will be. Edmonton immediately asks for Larsson in a straight up deal or Severson + otherwise, and that plus is likely high draft picks. Is anyone prepared to offer that? I'm certainly not. As much as I believe RNH would be someone who definitely could help us (unlike the aforementioned Richards and hopeful fliers), the cost for us at this moment is just too much to bear. This team is showing us now exactly who many thought they were going into the season. Little depth up front and an exceedingly young blueline who have not progressed enough. We played above our heads for the first half of the season and as it looks now the sink is starting as the season wears on. Giving up Larsson is not optimal needless to say as then he needs to be replaced. It would be a lot easier to look to these kind of guys (RNH) if Merrill and Gelinas had shown some progression of merit so far this season, but neither have shown anything beyond either plateauing or even regression at points. We're just not in the position to make moves for the guys that will cost serious assets since we have so few that teams like Edmonton would be interested in. The risk is just too high going forward IMO. We definitely need another center, but the acquiring of one is the hard part. I'm to the point where I'm content with playing this season out, selling whatever is expendable/gives a decent enough return around the deadline to acquire assets and hopefully scoring a talent in the draft and maybe a strong acquisition or two via UFA/trade over the summer. The betterment of this team is a long process and I think the early part of this season gave a lot of us false hope that the turnaround would be quicker. I just don't believe we have the horses to compete over the entirety of an NHL season at the moment.
  5. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    Its good for both sides espc if Columbus felt they had to move Johansen. Jones is potential franchise defender and Nashville gets better immediately. Its win-win today.
  6. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    Eh, I don't think this is a major consideration if we were to pick up the player. It's 3.2 and the last year of his deal. A case could be made that picking him up helps us just the same if he's able to fit in and fulfill a role for us that comes back to haunt them. If Shero/Hynes think he can help us, its a worthwhile risk. Id agree with your argument against doing it if he had multiple years left, but they're going to have that cap space open in a few months as it is. The Flyers aren't even in cap hell with Gagner. If they were right up against it I could also see an argument for letting them rot on it.
  7. Sports bar in Union City NJ to watch the Devils?

      Very close to me. Im off of 10th but on the other side of Kennedy Blvd. Union City is not anywhere to watch a game. The few watering holes that are around UC mostly cater to the overwhelmingly Hispanic population.    Hoboken is definitely your best bet. You dont even need to Uber if you dont want to. There are plenty of city buses that will take you down there. Walk over to Bergenline Ave and 23rd St and take the #22 NJ Transit Bus right into the heart of Hoboken. It goes down Washington St. which is where a lot of the "action" is.    If you want to go into NYC, take the #125 bus to the Port Authority from Kennedy Blvd or one of the dozens of "jitney" buses that run the same route. They're little white minibuses that run the route constantly.
  8. 3-on-3 tournament to replace NHL all-star game

    im perfectly fine with them gimmicking out the all star game. They should do something different with it every year. Make it fun and unique.
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  10.   The only thing we could realistically give him up for is a player of similar pedigree and similar possibilities. The only guy on Columbus I'd consider is Ryan Johansen and outside of him unless we were getting their 2016 first AND Zach Werenski AND another highly rated prospect, it would not be worth doing whatsoever. Columbus isn't going to do that, but outside of a sure thing or massive overpayment this deal cannot (and wont) be made.
  11. GDT- San Jose at New Jersey; 7 PM

      You're delusional. No offense intended, but I just don't understand this type of optimism watching the garbage on the ice at this point.   We don't have the depth. Its largely a team of 3rd/4th liners with a few guys who would be on a 2nd line. Most good teams in this league can roll 3 relatively decent forward lines that can chip offensively. We don't even have 1. We have castoffs that were not signed by any other team prior to signing with us after being invited on PTOs. We are relying on guys in key areas that have never proven to have the type of impact in those roles that's needed to succeed beyond Cammalleri. Guys like Henrique are being given far too much responsibility and are in over their heads talent wise. We don't have the defense. We have Greene and Larsson, and 4-6 other guys who are all either still developing or are other team's castaway garbage (Schlemko) who regularly are having bad shifts. Schneider can only do so much. There's a reason why 4 games into the season we rank low in virtually every team defensive and offensive statistic. We're the worst at drawing penalties. The only positive defensive statistic is shots allowed, but we're second worst in shots for. "We just need legitimate first line talent", right and it doesnt grow on trees and is not easy to come by unless by luck when we have no real assets beyond trading pieces we need going forward. We need minimum 2-3 forwards of merit to even think of looking at them positively at this point and at this point, I would argue we need another defenseman of merit as well.    Granted, this is 4 games into the season and Id not be surprised if things get at least minimally better, but as of right now this is incredibly bad. There is no silver lining IMO at this juncture. We're likely going to be out of the picture by Thanksgiving at this rate. I'm not angry about it either. I expect and even accept a bad year, but so far its absolutely woeful with only Larsson's play being anything to hang a hat on.
  12. We're #28 in this preseason poll

      I get where you're coming from, but there's not a lot of reason to believe that we take a big step forward from last season. Its hardly being a negative nancy and more looking at things realistically. A year of growth with Severson/Larsson IMO is not a bright spot in terms of where we end up at the end of the season. Yes, they should get better, but expecting two young defensemen to be major catalysts in some sort of turnaround is a gigantic ask. The biggest bright spot is Schneider. The biggest hope IMO is that its not a complete loss of a season and that we do see some tangible growth to be positive about going forward, but to expect that to be reflected in the standings is overly wishful thinking. I think at the end of the day we're a team that tries hard that will have stretches of strong play, but ultimately we'll be passed by better teams. Calgary was in a much better position than us with young forwards that took great strides. Monahan and Gaudreau were outstanding. Who is our Monahan and Gaudreau? IMO unless Zacha is on the roster and plays out of his mind, we won't have a guy like them. They also had guys like Lance Bouma come up big and 4 defensemen with 30+ points.   Conversely, Cammalleri is a year older and will not play the entire season. We have barely any depth in respect to forwards and are counting on career 3rd liners (Stempniak/Tlusty) while great acquisitions in terms of their value should not be expected to score a lot of goals. Elias is all but done. There is just not a lot of talent in front of the blueline. Palmieri is another good pickup, but what are you expecting from a career high of 30 points on better teams? He was also a minus player on a WC Finalist last year.    This team should have low expectations, any performance above will be applauded, but they also shouldnt be crucified if they play to their paper value. My biggest hope is to see the further development of Larsson/Severson/Merrill/Gelinas, and to see someone like Josefson emerge. It will take a lot for this team to be above water come the end of the season.
  13. We're #28 in this preseason poll

      Matthews, Pujujarvi, Tkachuk, Jones, or Laine. Should be able to project better around February or March. I dont see Matthews and Pujujarvi moving from the top forward spots. Chychrun is the top D prospect ala Hanifin this past year.   I don't see any real possibility of the Devils choosing outside of the top 10. Schneider will steal some games, but with the lottery now deciding top 3, who knows where we end up. I think we end up with a top 5 pick.
  14. Rumor: Travis Zajac being shopped to Toronto

      Zajac has an NTC. JVR doesn't.