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The 2014 NJ Devils Offseason Thread

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amen. It's really head scratching. I've never heard of a fanbase that when their team is bottom five in the NHL in offense they complain about fourth liners and bottom pairing defensemen. I guess you can put a change to the fourth line in your wish list but to have practically half this thread dedicated to fourth lines/league minimum guys is ridiculous.

Maybe it's just the offseason doldrums, but this has been going on all season.

 

Well, everyone here is well aware the team needs top-end scoring, especially at the center position. There just isn't much out there (everyone here has been talking about Stastny for months). People are throwing around other names as well. The Devils have very few assets to make a trade to bring in that player, though.

 

As for the 4th line and the 5th and 6th defenseman. It's been a point of contention for a while. There are many players that bring little value (and that the GM and coach love) that have been unscratchable, and it has blocked playing time from younger players like Loktonov and Josefson up front (Rusty Olesz wasn't given enough of a shot either) and defensively many people loved what Gelinas bring. They want to see Larsson everyday, so it has been frustrating.

 

It was a frustrating year last season with Brodeur getting so many games, Larsson not playing when he was healthy again, and no youngster showing enough/given enough of a look to become a regular.

 

You are right, though. Besides the Brodeur issue (which looks finished), there are much more important issues, but people also don't want to go through another year with a few of these players.

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amen. It's really head scratching. I've never heard of a fanbase that when their team is bottom five in the NHL in offense they complain about fourth liners and bottom pairing defensemen. I guess you can put a change to the fourth line in your wish list but to have practically half this thread dedicated to fourth lines/league minimum guys is ridiculous.

Maybe it's just the offseason doldrums, but this has been going on all season.

 

Those are the only areas of this team where we could see some change.  Why don't we just not discuss anything at all on a Devils message board.  That would make more sense.  Our defense corps and goalie situation leave little to be discussed about.  The only discussion on the back end is Mark Fayne and possible buyouts.  Maybe you forgetting that the fourth liners have been a consistent focus since they "emerged" after the 2012 run and it would be nice to see some new faces in those supporting roles.  What do you want from us??  Should we talk more about how Jagr and Elias are beasts and Ryder and Brunner have the trade value of a bag of pucks?

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Those are the only areas of this team where we could see some change.  Why don't we just not discuss anything at all on a Devils message board.  That would make more sense.  Our defense corps and goalie situation leave little to be discussed about.  The only discussion on the back end is Mark Fayne and possible buyouts.  Maybe you forgetting that the fourth liners have been a consistent focus since they "emerged" after the 2012 run and it would be nice to see some new faces in those supporting roles.  What do you want from us??  Should we talk more about how Jagr and Elias are beasts and Ryder and Brunner have the trade value of a bag of pucks?

The 4th line has always been a focal point since I've been on here. At least now we're complaining about how it could be a bit better instead of wondering if Andrew Peters can skate and stickhandle at the same time, lol.

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The 4th line has always been a focal point since I've been on here. At least now we're complaining about how it could be a bit better instead of wondering if Andrew Peters can skate and stickhandle at the same time, lol.

Lmao! Yes.  I remember me some Andrew Peters.  Adam Mair was light years ahead of Andrew 'fvcking Peters in terms of Ex-Sabres. 

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As we talk about fighters, while you were sleeping the Devils re-signed Cam Janssen to a 1-year two way contract.

 

Priorities.

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Lmao! Yes.  I remember me some Andrew Peters.  Adam Mair was light years ahead of Andrew 'fvcking Peters in terms of Ex-Sabres. 

I don't think he touched the puck for more than 10 seconds the whole season. I'd be amazed if he even registered a SOG. He was awful.

 

As we talk about fighters, while you were sleeping the Devils re-signed Cam Janssen to a 1-year two way contract.

 

Priorities.

First of all, who said anything about sleep? lol

Anyways, I'm ok with it. He clearly loves it here and LL loves him. We don't really have a fighter outside of Clowe, who probably should try to avoid blows to the head, and Carter who isn't really a true fighter. Having Cam in the lineup for the occasional Flyer or Rag matchup isn't the worst thing ever.

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I don't think he touched the puck for more than 10 seconds the whole season. I'd be amazed if he even registered a SOG. He was awful.

 

First of all, who said anything about sleep? lol

Anyways, I'm ok with it. He clearly loves it here and LL loves him. We don't really have a fighter outside of Clowe, who probably should try to avoid blows to the head, and Carter who isn't really a true fighter. Having Cam in the lineup for the occasional Flyer or Rag matchup isn't the worst thing ever.

 

Honestly, it's not bad at all. They've showed that they have no problem sending Cam in the AHL. No pomises are made, and it beats signing a fighter to a 1-way deal (for more 1 year I might add), which they have done many times in the past.

 

I'll disagree with needing a fighter for certain games. I can't think of one game last year the Devils needed one. The Rangers and Flyers dressed goon free teams against the Devils. And, I don't even think Cam wants to fight anymore or is expected to right now.

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I dont think Cam can fight anymore, the last few fights he had, he would just be holding the jersey and trying to swing wide punches until both players tired out

but if he spends 98% of the season in Albany, it's fine

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http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=723222&navid=nhl:topheads

 

don't sleep on O'Reilly being extremely valuable.  looks like he and the Avs are having a little difficulty coming to an agreement. 

 

O'Reilly had more points last year than Stastny and also led the team in goals... he's also 5 years younger than Stastny.  Its possible he's overlooked.  Maybe we can offer him an offer sheet in July, which may cost us a draft pick, but may be worth it.. expecially if it would cost about 2 million less a year than what Stastny will make

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NJ has apparently signed 22 year old Czech Jiri Selak...A lot of teams were interested, this is a big win for NJ.

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Nice. I'm glad the Devils are getting to roll the dice on him.

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NJ has apparently signed 22 year old Czech Jiri Selak...A lot of teams were interested, this is a big win for NJ.

This is awesome!  I'm really excited about this kid.  New Jersey is CZECH NATION

 

he's 6 ft tall and weighs 176 pounds...he needs to put on some muscle

He is also only 22 years old, still a prospect in every aspect of the word, he's only had one full KHL season.  Don't expect the world from him, do expect him to learn and maybe play with Zajac and Jagr.

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NJ has apparently signed 22 year old Czech Jiri Selak...A lot of teams were interested, this is a big win for NJ.

 

Where is this confirmed?  I don't see anything with a cursory Twitter search.

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Where is this confirmed?  I don't see anything with a cursory Twitter search.

 

Nothing on google either.

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Lmao! Yes.  I remember me some Andrew Peters.  Adam Mair was light years ahead of Andrew 'fvcking Peters in terms of Ex-Sabres. 

 

Funniest thing the last few years was Clarkson/Brodeur pranking each other by hiding an Andrew Peters rookie card in each other's lockers/bags, etc... The funniest one was I think Brodeur was practicing and it fell out of his pads onto the ice while they were working on the shootout hahahaha... Miss that Clarkie/Marty humor.

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Jason just finds out about Sunny, yet he is the first person on the Internet to mention this signing or that its close?

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NJ has apparently signed 22 year old Czech Jiri Selak...A lot of teams were interested, this is a big win for NJ.

 

Source??

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Funniest thing the last few years was Clarkson/Brodeur pranking each other by hiding an Andrew Peters rookie card in each other's lockers/bags, etc... The funniest one was I think Brodeur was practicing and it fell out of his pads onto the ice while they were working on the shootout hahahaha... Miss that Clarkie/Marty humor.

any other known pranks between the two of them?.. i remember someone put a rubber snake in someone elses water bottle

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Jason's source must be the tweet from 2 weeks ago that was in this thread.  Which of course was 2 weeks ago.  So yeah, disregard.

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Jason's source must be the tweet from 2 weeks ago that was in this thread.  Which of course was 2 weeks ago.  So yeah, disregard.

Gah, frustrating. 

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As we talk about fighters, while you were sleeping the Devils re-signed Cam Janssen to a 1-year two way contract.

 

Priorities.

As one of the few fans that still enjoys fighting, this makes me happy. I doubt we see him in NJ but it's nice to have him in the organization.

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Yea my bad, I seen it a top of my twitter news feed and didn't realize it was just retweeted.

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