I think a lot of folks around here are expecting some sort of continuation of post-Jan 2011 consistent play (plus Parise) for NJ (and are basing predictions on the memory of that streak)....
..... I also think a lot of folks are going to be disappointed when that doesn't happen.
Not saying they will be bad - but with a new coach it will take time for them to find themselves again.
This is so true.
As for Philly not improving, they did lose Richards and Carter but Briere, Giroux, Jagr, VR, Pronger, Lilja, Bryz, etc. is still a extremeley strong core, maybe not as 'star' defined but without a doubt a threat.
For fun lets look at the Devils past 4 trades(as I remember)...
NJ:David Steckel, 2nd round pick
Washington: Jason Arnott
Nashville:2nd round pick, Matt Halichuk
NJ:Anssi Salmela, Ilya Kovalchuk
Winnipeg:1st rounder, Patrice Cormier, Johnny Oduya, Nicklas Bergfors
Currently In:Steckel, Salmela, Kovalchuk,
Out:Arnott, Langenbrunner, Cormier, Oduya, Bergfors, Halichuk, 1st rounder, 2nd rounder
Looking back Lou has made major shakeups along with signing Moose, Kovy, Tallinder, Volchenkov but we still don't look majorly improved from past playoff exits. I hope the right coach and the return of Parise can restore some stability from way back when.