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#81 Martyisth3b3st

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:31 AM

Ooh, I forgot about that. How long until someone else wears the C? I vote Elias. (Does my vote count?)
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:32 AM

this, and it takes forever for a defenseman to develop. if we have to wait 6 years for the guy to become a 3 wins a year player, that's too long. the hole is so deep that we might end up with that player anyway, since it's not like a lot of our players won't be gone at the deadline.


I actually agree with this. As much as everybody is pining for Larrson, the Devils have some defense prospects coming up soon in Merrill, Urbom, Burlon who all look to have a significant degree of promise to each of themselves. Devils likely arent going to finish out of the Top 8 or so anyway and there's some good forward prospects in the Top 15 range, guys like Ambroz, Landeskog, Armia, Nugent-Hopkins, Rask, a few others, as well as some second-tier defensive guys with some raw skills that need some polish in Musil, etc.

I'd rather the Devils play some competitive hockey, because this has been painful to watch to lately and Jacques knows his sh!t. It's amazing how many people were crapping on him the end of last year, and if anything, we found it Jacques wasnt the problem, not by a longshot.

My guess, is in the offseason Lou will look to right a wrong and maybe bring in a Therrien or Haviland.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:32 AM

I can't help but feel for MacLean though. This guy has waited SO long for this, and not only did everything go wrong, but he will be remembered as the coach who ended a 14 year playoff run. And the saddest thing is that it will be remembered as solely his fault, where in reality he got very little support from the players, and some horrendous luck to boot.

He took the single most talented teams we've had post-lockout and drove them to the worst start in franchise history.

He gets no pity from me.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:33 AM

At least the Devils aren't boring. Welcome back, Billy Martin ... er I mean Jacques.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:33 AM

Langenbrunner is probably getting traded once the freeze is lifted. I can't see these two co-existing.

I don't disagree, but Lou couldn't even get anyone to take Rolston for free. What makes you think he can pull off a trade for Langenbrunner?
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:34 AM

Now we'll see whether it was the coach or the players.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:35 AM

I can't help but feel for MacLean though. This guy has waited SO long for this, and not only did everything go wrong, but he will be remembered as the coach who ended a 14 year playoff run. And the saddest thing is that it will be remembered as solely his fault, where in reality he got very little support from the players, and some horrendous luck to boot.



I don't feel bad for him. He did this to himself by donning a Rangers uniform the end of his career.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:35 AM

JL is no cureall. He's a bandaid that they were already paying for. but to say that he should never have gotten the boot last year is folly. he was just as much to blame as langenbrunner and his brood.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:36 AM

I don't disagree, but Lou couldn't even get anyone to take Rolston for free. What makes you think he can pull off a trade for Langenbrunner?

Ah c'mon, there's a significant difference between a pitiful contract with zero production, and a 2-time cup champ (he won in Dallas, right?), captain of the franchise, captain of the United States, with decent upside and a pretty good contract.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:36 AM

He took the single most talented teams we've had post-lockout and drove them to the worst start in franchise history.

He gets no pity from me.


I'll agree that it was the most talented team post-lockout ON PAPER, but as we've seen, a lot of our players have taken serious steps back / had age catch up with them. It's really not as one-sided as you imply.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:36 AM

he was just as much to blame as langenbrunner and his brood.


That's one of the reasons why this move is laughable.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:37 AM

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I can go tonight with a kick in my wheel =D.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:37 AM

I don't disagree, but Lou couldn't even get anyone to take Rolston for free. What makes you think he can pull off a trade for Langenbrunner?


A lot of playoff bound teams could use him. Jamie is still excellent on the PK and provided he's got some talented linemates, he'd fit just fine. He's just not the offensive and scoring forward he used to be.

He should be able to bring back a 2nd rounder and I'll take it. Teams like the Kings, Avalanche, even the Bruins and a few others could use him.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:38 AM

From TG...

"Lamoriello intended to stick by MacLean but said "the last four or five games" changed mind. Devils lost last three games by combined 15-3"

"Lemaire will coach the Devils for the rest of this season and not beyond. "

Edited by Satans Hockey, 23 December 2010 - 10:38 AM.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:38 AM

TG has tweeted that Lemaire won't coach the team beyond this season. So which former Devils coach will take over next year? Sutter, Robinson, or could it even be Kevin Constantine? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:38 AM

As terrible as this season has been I do feel bad for MacLean, can't be fun losing your first Head Coaching job in the NHL two days before Christmas.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:38 AM

There's some rumors out there that Vanderbeek told Lou that any replacement had to come internally, and he wasn't going to continue to pay off coaches from the payroll.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:39 AM

I wish this was done about 10 games ago...
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:40 AM

I'll agree that it was the most talented team post-lockout ON PAPER, but as we've seen, a lot of our players have taken serious steps back / had age catch up with them. It's really not as one-sided as you imply.

You're really saying we have bottom-two talent on the ice in the NHL? At some point, you have to blame the system in place.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:40 AM

TG has tweeted that Lemaire won't coach the team beyond this season. So which former Devils coach will take over next year? Sutter, Robinson, or could it even be Kevin Constantine? Inquiring minds want to know.


Hitchock, Hartley, Therrien, Haviland are just a few popping out. It's possible Lou won't be here to decide anyway.
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