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#61 mackchi

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:20 AM

What is most sad is, I suspect we will see this team win some games, and we will end the season left with the feeling of what could have been....


and we will finish just high enough to get screwed on a draft pick.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:20 AM

My only question is - why now? Why wasn't this done 10 games ago? Why did Lou wait until the season is all but lost to do something like this?
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:21 AM

I hope Lou's meeting with the players is going something like "the only reason I'm firing the coach is because I tried to get rid of you sacks of sh!t and nobody wanted you".
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:21 AM

What is most sad is, I suspect we will see this team win some games, and we will end the season left with the feeling of what could have been....


Yeah, a tenth-place finish and no top-5 pick.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:21 AM

I know, I know, "but Adam Larsson is sooo awesome!!"... but if we find a way to turn this season around, win a bunch of games, start showing up to the rink with a "you can't beat us attitude", I'd be perfectly happy with a 9th place finish. I mean, yeah it would stink, but at least we showed enough fight to give us some legitimate hope for next season.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:22 AM

I know, I know, "but Adam Larsson is sooo awesome!!"... but if we find a way to turn this season around, win a bunch of games, start showing up to the rink with a "you can't beat us attitude", I'd be perfectly happy with a 9th place finish. I mean, yeah it would stink, but at least we showed enough fight to give us some legitimate hope for next season.


quit talking sense.

in the devils' position, losing ALWAYS sucks.

sucks for maclean though, this is the 2nd time lemaire's beat him.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:23 AM

My only question is - why now? Why wasn't this done 10 games ago? Why did Lou wait until the season is all but lost to do something like this?


I agree, we are in such a deep hole now that even if we do turn it around we are still not going to make the playoffs(unless a miracle run happens)
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:23 AM

Lou is playing Santa at the MacLean house Friday night,
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:23 AM

This team has a lot of problems, one of which was the coach. Probably not the top of the reasons we suck this year but the easiest to deal with. Hopefully Lou doesn't stop here and either cleans house completely or deals with some of the other issues...
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:23 AM

I hope Lou's meeting with the players is going something like "the only reason I'm firing the coach is because I tried to get rid of you sacks of sh!t and nobody wanted you".


It goes back to my favorite Lou quote of the season from right after waiving Rolston:

Maybe my patience has been too patient


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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:24 AM

I know, I know, "but Adam Larsson is sooo awesome!!"... but if we find a way to turn this season around, win a bunch of games, start showing up to the rink with a "you can't beat us attitude", I'd be perfectly happy with a 9th place finish. I mean, yeah it would stink, but at least we showed enough fight to give us some legitimate hope for next season.

Exactly. And it's not like there's a "can't miss" prospect in this year's draft, either...there are talented players, sure, but no Crosby, Ovechkin, Tavares, or Hall. I'd much rather see this team get some momentum rolling for next season than watch them tank the rest of the year and have the biggest positive about this team be an 18 year old kid.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:25 AM

this helps, but this team is a hot mess beyond maclean. i don't think this does much to alter #operation1stoverall (which is more tongue in cheek) but perhaps the devils can move from worst to 5th worst. lemaire doesn't come with pixie dust to fix parise 6 weeks early and to even dream of a decent streak to mediocrity, he's necessary.

the one guy who might benefit the most is andy greene. i'd say that if his awful play continues with the guy that got the most out of him, then he is what most thought he was - sh!t.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:27 AM

Exactly. And it's not like there's a "can't miss" prospect in this year's draft, either...there are talented players, sure, but no Crosby, Ovechkin, Tavares, or Hall. I'd much rather see this team get some momentum rolling for next season than watch them tank the rest of the year and have the biggest positive about this team be an 18 year old kid.


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.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:27 AM

Does Lemaire know what he is getting into? LOL
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:27 AM

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=346655

The New Jersey Devils have fired head coach John MacLean and replaced him with Jacques Lemaire, who will be behind the bench for tonight's game against the New York Islanders. The Devils are currently an NHL-worst 9-22-2
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:28 AM

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:28 AM

Langenbrunner is probably getting traded once the freeze is lifted. I can't see these two co-existing.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:28 AM

combine threads?
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:29 AM

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


Him and Rolston to Siberia in exchange for a bucket of snow.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:31 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.
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