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2014 UFA Signing Thread

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I guess an interesting question would be, do you think that the Rangers still goto the Cup Final if say they make one less trade during the season?  Say, declining to trade either MDZ OR Callahan?  Obviously it's all hindsight at this point, but interesting to think about. 

 

No. They made trades that worked out. Klein turned out to be much steadier than MDZ and St. Louis performed when they needed him to. One wonders how it all would've played out if his Mom didn't pass away. But tragedies are part of sport. I remember when Mariano Rivera flew home during '04. They still lost 4 straight to Boston. With MSL, the team rallied around him. That along with the team meeting following Game 4 enabled them to come back and go on a nice run.

 

I'm interested to see Hayes. Hope he participates in Traverse City. Has good size and speed. Benefited from playing with Gaudreau and Arnold. Hopefully, they don't rush him.

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No. They made trades that worked out. Klein turned out to be much steadier than MDZ and St. Louis performed when they needed him to. One wonders how it all would've played out if his Mom didn't pass away. But tragedies are part of sport. I remember when Mariano Rivera flew home during '04. They still lost 4 straight to Boston. With MSL, the team rallied around him. That along with the team meeting following Game 4 enabled them to come back and go on a nice run.

 

I'm interested to see Hayes. Hope he participates in Traverse City. Has good size and speed. Benefited from playing with Gaudreau and Arnold. Hopefully, they don't rush him.

 

Hayes probably has a job to lose. I assume that's why he went to NYR 

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Comeback from what?  He was still in the NHL last year.  He was just bad.  I don't really think there's anything left there.  He'd be worth using a tryout on for anyone - why not - but the odds that he's a usable player are slim.

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Hayes probably has a job to lose. I assume that's why he went to NYR 

 

Not necessarily. Last year, they swapped Christian Thomas for Danny Kristo. Most assumed Kristo could make the jump. Instead, he needed a whole season in Hartford and led them in goals. A year later, his status is uncertain with other prospects ahead of him. It would be wrong to rush a player following college. Look at how Detroit does it. They are patient and develop properly. The Rangers brought in all these vets to compete for spots. So, at most you'll see 1 or 2 kids on the roster in October.

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Not necessarily. Last year, they swapped Christian Thomas for Danny Kristo. Most assumed Kristo could make the jump. Instead, he needed a whole season in Hartford and led them in goals. A year later, his status is uncertain with other prospects ahead of him. It would be wrong to rush a player following college. Look at how Detroit does it. They are patient and develop properly. The Rangers brought in all these vets to compete for spots. So, at most you'll see 1 or 2 kids on the roster in October.

 

He signed on the dotted line, so the Rangers can send him to Hartford if they want, but the reason he didn't sign with Chicago was that he felt that there wouldn't be a spot for him on the NHL roster.  I imagine that when he was talking with teams, he was trying to get some assurances that there would be a spot for him.  Those assurances would not be worth the paper they're not even written on, but you don't want to have the reputation of negotiating in bad faith, which is what it would look like if he plays well enough in the preseason, but plays most of the regular season in Hartford. 

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If anything, he makes Josefson compete harder, or whoever if looking to center the third line.

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Wow. TG confirming he's getting PTO. Nice job by random source.

Gomez will have a fluke camp and take the 3C from Josefson

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Gomez will have a fluke camp and take the 3C from Josefson

youre probably right, which is why this makes me completely sick.

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Agreed with you guys, I do not like this move. This team needs to get younger. I hate to see us taking on more players who are far past their prime and won't help the Devils become a better team in the future, or even now for that matter. Hopefully this goes just as it did for Stralman...well, except for the part where he becomes an effective player for the Rangers.

 

I hope Mantzas is wrong, but I could definitely see him taking that 3C spot over JJ, even though Jake would likely have a better year than Gomez.

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Gomez isn't making this team, everyone needs to take a chill pill. If he does, it means Josefson either got hurt (he's Glass Jo after all, so I never rule that out) or he sucks worse than we thought.

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the only positive side of this whole gomez drama is atleast it gave us all something to talk about..theres been nothing around this board except for some moths lately

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Josefson is no lock to be the third line center in NJ. He's been a big disappointment offensively over the last few years just as Tedenby was. Zajac, Elias, and Henrique are more likely to be the top three centers imo and Ruutu will probably have a shot at this as well if Henrique is played on the wing.

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Agreed with you guys, I do not like this move. This team needs to get younger. I hate to see us taking on more players who are far past their prime and won't help the Devils become a better team in the future, or even now for that matter. Hopefully this goes just as it did for Stralman...well, except for the part where he becomes an effective player for the Rangers.

 

I hope Mantzas is wrong, but I could definitely see him taking that 3C spot over JJ, even though Jake would likely have a better year than Gomez.

 

Josefson's numbers and Gomez's numbers are basically the same.  Josefson has to beat out Gomez - if he can't do that, he's not likely to make the NHL, period.

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I actually had Josefson penciled in as an extra forward so I don't think Gomez coming to camp affects him that much. I still wouldn't be surprised if Josefson's days in NJ are numbered and they try to get him through waivers. 

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I thought Josefson looked really good in the last few games of the year last year. He looked way more impressive than he ever has. Hopefully he can keep that intensity up. 

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I thought Josefson looked really good in the last few games of the year last year. He looked way more impressive than he ever has. Hopefully he can keep that intensity up.

i was thinking the same thing, but i feel like he kind of comes and goes a little bit..not sure if he is going to have the consistency to stick around here.

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Wow that was a great scoop by FansFavorite.com on Gomez returning to the Devils. This site broke the story and has an inside team source. CHECK it OUT  http://www.fansfavorite.com/2014/08/sources-scott-gomez-to-return-to-nj.html

 

 

Looks like they're vamping up Devils coverage and looking for writers!

dude, if you want to pump up your own site just say it straight up, otherwise you sound like a phishing scam or something.

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dude, if you want to pump up your own site just say it straight up, otherwise you sound like a phishing scam or something.

 

Could be worse, could be Dino Costa trying to get people to tune in so they could hear his stirring take on why the Devils will bring Kovalchuk back.

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dude, if you want to pump up your own site just say it straight up, otherwise you sound like a phishing scam or something.

lol does his 2 posts here give it away much.. or was it the big wow and check it out

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