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Devils in Dire Need of Reboot - Cox

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http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2013/04/12/new_jersey_devils_in_dire_need_of_reboot_cox.html

 

 

But the player losses keep piling up. Last summer it was Zach Parise, which really stung, and right now the Devils are staring at the possible defections of UFAs Patrik Elias and David Clarkson, neither of whom has discussed a new contract with the team.The Devils have some youngsters to replace these players, just not enough it appears. Adam Henrique was a fabulous third-round pick and it’s far too early to assess the professional merits of Adam Larsson (fourth overall 2011) or 2012 first-rounder Stefan Matteau. The problem is from 2005 to 2009 — years in which at least some first-round picks should have become Devil mainstays — the club that has always prospered through the draft didn’t do very well at all with the selections of Niklas Bergfors, Matt Corrente, Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby That has been compounded by the fact that the team’s 2004 first-rounder, centre Travis Zajac, is having a dreadful offensive season with just 15 points after signing an eight-year, $46 million (U.S.) contract right after the lockout ended. You start to see how this adds up to a struggling team with only 15 wins. You can have all the right philosophies and team-oriented attitudes as an organization, but you need some talent to make it “doing it the right way” work. For New Jersey, lots has been walking out the door and not nearly enough has been walking in.

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He's not wrong with a lot of what he says - particularly pointing out all the failed first-round picks - but comparing the Devils to Calgary is asinine.  The Devils have missed the playoffs twice in three years after a stretch of fifteen straight years making it, once with the worst coach in history and a decaying locker room which Lou did clean out, and the other time in a short season with key injuries at the wrong times to a thin team that was hurt by the Parise departure, there's no two ways about that.  

 

Other than Semin who has his own issues (and let's see how well he plays now that he got his big deal), there was no fixing the Parise hole in FA this year.  Not at the time he left anyway.  Guys like Parenteau signed elsewhere before Parise did.  They could have sold another high pick for a short-term solution in Jagr or really given up the farm for Pominville at the deadline but I'd rather not make that move with the position we were in when we have no idea what next year's team will look like.

 

First thing's first, they have to stop the bleeding this offseason and keep most of their FA's.  They don't have to let Elias/Clarkson/Zubrus go.  If there's another mass exodus then you could certainly argue it's time to blow it up.  But if they retain most of their key FA's and add one or two more top six forwards from somewhere, anywhere then there's no need for blowing it up.  Most likely by the time the Devils are in a position where they'll be blowing it up Lou won't be around to do the rebuilding anyway.

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The thing is the Devils have only been in one situation to trade assets away, and they did that in 2011. It never made sense to trade any of the players leaving while they were contending. No one would think trading Rafalski or Gomez in 2007, or Gionta in 2009, Martin in 2010 or Parise last year, would make much sense. You can always argue that some of these guys should have been locked up earlier, but really Parise is the only one you'd want locked up in advance (and they tried, but he needed to test free agency). 

 

The Calgary situation is truly a dumb comparison. And Cox is an idiot who is a huge Brodeur defender and supporter. Nothing is wrong with being a supporter of Brodeur (he helped write Brodeur's weird book), but you can't say "And despite all evidence to the contrary, Brodeur can't play forever." Because his goaltending has been a big issue this season and could be one of the main reasons to write about a team in limbo. 

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What was weird about the book just out of curiosity?  Other than the fact it jumped all over the place time-wise from chapter to chapter.  There were definitely some interesting tidbits in it, like how Lou would use Jacques Caron as a bit of a go-between to run things by Marty, among other things.

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What was weird about the book just out of curiosity?  Other than the fact it jumped all over the place time-wise from chapter to chapter.  There were definitely some interesting tidbits in it, like how Lou would use Jacques Caron as a bit of a go-between to run things by Marty, among other things.

 

If you read it from a non-Devils fan perspective, it is a strange book to release. There are some ''interesting tidbits" for Devils fans, but I just felt the book was odd and lacked direction or focus. One chapter seemed like Brodeur reviews spring movies he saw during the playoffs. As far as athlete's books go and releasing one mid career, it just felt kind of strange.

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