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#1 ghdi

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:15 PM

He just tweeted that we're leaning towards keeping our pick this year.

Edited by ghdi, 12 June 2012 - 09:36 PM.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:17 PM

I doubt him.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:18 PM

We have two years to do it. I can see them keeping it this year if they expect a quick return to playoffs or if the new CBA would eliminate past penalties like that. Other than that, this is the best year to do it I would think.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:19 PM

I doubt him.


I doubt that. I know your signature is wrong though.

Edited by devilsrule33, 12 June 2012 - 07:19 PM.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:21 PM

I doubt that. I know your signature is wrong though.


Heh, the signature is from during a particularly rough stretch for Kovy I think. I'm happy with the contract for now but I have decided to keep it since I still think the jury is out.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:24 PM

Ugh, I don't understand this. They gain nothing by waiting...maybe one spot, but that's like sitting on a 20 in a game of 21 and taking another card.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:25 PM

i'm sorry but this is simply asinine. i cannot understand this decision at all. even if they win the cup next year, this is still a terrible gamble.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:25 PM

I was beginning to wonder if giving up the pick wasn't as much of a slam dunk as we thought. Especially since we are giving up a third rounder this year, plus one for the Zidlicky trade.

I don't necessarily agree, but I can kind of sort of see where they might be coming from if they chose to keep it this year.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:27 PM

i'm sorry but this is simply asinine. i cannot understand this decision at all. even if they win the cup next year, this is still a terrible gamble.


Maybe Lou feels bad for his scouts? I guess Conte feels confident they can get a very good player in that range. But it does seem like a giant gamble, especially if Parise is gone.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:27 PM

Maybe they have their eye on someone they can get this year?
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:29 PM

I was beginning to wonder if giving up the pick wasn't as much of a slam dunk as we thought. Especially since we are giving up a third rounder this year, plus one for the Zidlicky trade.

I don't necessarily agree, but I can kind of sort of see where they might be coming from if they chose to keep it this year.


We have picks in every round currently. We give up the third next year, making it more asinine to wait.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:30 PM

Maybe Lou feels bad for his scouts? I guess Conte feels confident they can get a very good player in that range. But it does seem like a giant gamble, especially if Parise is gone.


I wonder if maybe they'll be angling to trade Parise's rights ahead of free agency to pick up a pick or two in the draft either this year or next.

Is it possible the negotiating rights to Parise could net a decent pick in return?
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:31 PM

Maybe Lou feels bad for his scouts? I guess Conte feels confident they can get a very good player in that range. But it does seem like a giant gamble, especially if Parise is gone.



Maybe they have their eye on someone they can get this year?


i don't care if they think there's a great player there. you simply cannot gamble with this. i wanted them to deal the pick even if they lost in the first round to florida.

while i think the odds are very far against this scenario, imagine parise leaves, the devils do not get any forward to replace him, injury or ineffectiveness limit kovy, elias, zajac and henrique and marty repeats his first half of this season for the entire season. that's a bad team and could lead to a top 10 pick. then they're forced to give up 13/14 with no clue how it will turn out.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:32 PM

This draft is really thin from my understanding too. I can't make sense of this unless maybe they think maybe it helps re-sign Parise.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:32 PM

We have picks in every round currently. We give up the third next year, making it more asinine to wait.


Hmm, got me then. Coulda swore the third was this year.

Maybe the scout team has their eyes on someone who'll probably go in the early-to-mid 20 range and need the pick to swap with.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:33 PM

Pretty sure they are targeting this guy

http://www.whl.ca/roster/show/id/6773
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:33 PM

Shocked the Devils aren't giving up their 1st this year since the 2013 class seems more regarded than 2012. A lot of media has painted this class as weak and who knows if the Devils pick lower than this in the next 2 years.

I suppose Lou either has a player(s) he really, really likes around 29 or would like to use it in some sort of trade.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:35 PM

This draft is really thin from my understanding too. I can't make sense of this unless maybe they think maybe it helps re-sign Parise.


I've heard it is extremely thin after the first two rounds or so. So first round might be their only chance at an NHL player.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:43 PM

I wrote an article looking at whether the Devils would keep their pick, and I came away thinking they very well might keep it:

http://nhlnumbers.co...-kovalchuk-pick

The difference between 15 and 30 just isn't as great as you might think.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:48 PM

Looks like uncle lou has a steal in mind, 5 years from now teams will kick themselves for passing on that kid.
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