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#1 Triumph

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:01 AM

Since we all know that a Devils' player headed to UFA automatically means he's going to leave despite the multiple examples to the contrary, I figure I'd punch up a list of the top free agents in 2012. The Devils will have a lot of money to spend and a hole in their lineup.

RW Alex Semin - eh, I don't see it. One Russian superstar with a deadly wrist shot is enough.

LW Dustin Penner - Maybe Penner would drink the Kool-Aid. Very effective and underrated player, though has had motivation issues wherever he's gone.

RW Ales Hemsky - Injuries have derailed a promising career, but Edmonton is the suckiest bunch of sucks whoever sucked, so he might well be available. Extremely creative player, he would mesh well with Kovalchuk. He'd make an excellent trade deadline pickup.

C R.J. Umberger - People forget about Columbus, all tucked away down there, but Umberger has been a quietly effective player - NJ could move Elias back to wing to make room for him.

C Mikhail Grabovski - I can't imagine Toronto letting him go, since their lineup is desperately awful, but he's been a solid player on an awful team.

C/LW Patrick Sharp - I also can't see Chicago letting Sharp get away, but who knows, maybe he wants out. Had an outstanding year last year and would also make for a pretty great addition, although he would likely be on the downside of his career.
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:24 AM

All of these options suck.
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:31 AM

Till Zach is out the window and Lou doesn't resign him whenever. Then worry about it. Stop jumping the gun that our PArise will be a freaking Oiler or Duck.
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:46 AM

Enjoy this year, and worry about it next Summer.

Edited by mmajeski06, 30 July 2011 - 10:47 AM.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:51 AM

If this is even a concern, Lou is going to ship Parise out the door real fast. If Parise is still in Devils Red by the end of November I am pretty sure he will be around for a long time.
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:54 AM

Sigh. This is going to put a huge damper on the entire season now. Or at least until he signs an extension
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:57 AM

Patrick Sharpe for sure, great goal scorer in clutch situations.
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:57 AM

I'm surprised no one has mentioned that Rolston fellow, good shot, 30+ goals, good defensively
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 11:09 AM

Ryan Getzlaf
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 11:11 AM

Till Zach is out the window and Lou doesn't resign him whenever. Then worry about it. Stop jumping the gun that our PArise will be a freaking Oiler or Duck.

I guessed you missed the initial sarcasm of this post huh.
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 11:16 AM

if the devils cant sign parise by the trade deadline they should try trade him for Jarome Iginla
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 11:22 AM

That list of FA's only convinces me all the more Parise's getting top dollar :P Semin's the only comparable offensive weapon but you could poke holes in his game easier than Zach's. The rest are either not on that level or just nice role players.
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 12:00 PM

I don't really care, if the Devils lose Parise, they lose him, its how things work in the NHL. Expectations will remain the same, Stanley Cup or bust. If they cannot sign him by trade deadline, Lou might have no choice but to trade him since next years free agent class is weak after him. Lou might have to make an exception to his rule of no negotiating during the season, but the one-year-deal for Parise will put pressure on both Zach and Devils to do some big things this year. Parise has also not proven anything in the playoffs, so it won't be a major catastrophe to lose him, Devils are used to this and even though there is a Salary Cap, Lou's philosophy remains the same.
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 12:10 PM

Shea Weber when he does the same to the Preds
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 12:18 PM

This may be a dumb idea, but would it make any difference if they gave the "C" to Zach for this year and they had success? Or the fact he signed for one year the Captaincy is out of the question?
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 12:43 PM

I am just amazed I am actually agreeing with triumph for once in saying this one year deal is good for both parties and we should not worry.
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 12:48 PM

I am just amazed I am actually agreeing with triumph for once in saying this one year deal is good for both parties and we should not worry.


I second this motion. No need to hit the panic button until its necessary.
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 03:07 PM

I'm surprised no one has mentioned that Rolston fellow, good shot, 30+ goals, good defensively


And don't forget that he's a proven PP quarterback.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 03:44 PM

It's just hockey. Don't commit Harikari over it. Get some dope, turn on some Trailer Park Boys and relax.
You know the Oilers did win the cup the year after Gretzky left.
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 03:52 PM

It's just hockey. Don't commit Harikari over it. Get some dope, turn on some Trailer Park Boys and relax.
You know the Oilers did win the cup the year after Gretzky left.


Yeah, as long as we have Messier, Anderson, Kurri, Fuhr and Coffey, we should be OK. :boogie:

Correction: Bill Ranford!

Edited by Jerrydevil, 30 July 2011 - 03:53 PM.

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