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#1 thelastonealive

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:02 PM

Cue both sincere and sarcastic "our savior!" replies.

@coreypronman #Devils recall Bobby Butler from Albany.

He's a writer for Hockey Prospecticus and ESPN. For what it's worth, TG doesn't have it up yet.

Edited by thelastonealive, 02 February 2013 - 06:03 PM.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:09 PM

Can't be any worse than any of our forwards today.

Zubrus-Henrique-Kovalchuk
Elias-Zajac-Clarkson
Darche-JJ-Butler

Edited by SMantzas, 02 February 2013 - 06:11 PM.

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#3 TheMazz

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:10 PM

This team needs more then Bobby Butler.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:21 PM

This team needs more then Bobby Butler.

I hope the only reason Lou has been holding off on making a move was to wait for it to really show we need more offense. I think we've been proving it recently.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:27 PM

I went to an Albany game down in AC and Butler did not stand out at all.. Little Whitney made a bigger impact.. Small sample size but still, was not impressed but we need something
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:39 PM

theahl.com had it up too, which is I guess how it broke. The Devils need goalscoring. They have to at least try the guy who was Albany's leading goalscorer, with all the chances they gave Tedenby and other non-solutions.

Edited by NJDevs4978, 02 February 2013 - 06:39 PM.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:43 PM

theahl.com had it up too, which is I guess how it broke. The Devils need goalscoring. They have to at least try the guy who was Albany's leading goalscorer, with all the chances they gave Tedenby and other non-solutions.


This. I mean sh!t, we signed the guy as a reclamation project and he made the AHL All-Star team. I think he's proven he deserves at least a shot or else why did we get him. He can't possibly make us worse than we looked in Pittsburgh today.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:45 PM

When Peter Harold is playing wing, there's no excuse for Butler not being up in the big league.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:48 PM

When Peter Harold is playing wing, there's no excuse for Butler not being up in the big league.


Or Bernier playing power play early in the second period, causing us to send out Barch for the first post-PP shift against Crosby.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 07:32 PM

They need things called grit, hard, desire, and a pissed off mentality. Volchenkov threw 2 good hits but they were too late. CBGB showed some nice stuff occasionally. After that -- nothing. Nada. No fire.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 07:39 PM

So is Lou just gonna exhaust every piece of mediocrity in the organization before he makes a move? I mean don't get me wrong, I understand its not that easy, and I have the utmost trust in Lou. I'm just starting to lose some patience. It's not like we didn't know there was a depth and goal scoring problem on this roster since July.



And its not like we don't have 87 defensemen to deal to a team that could use a defenseman. There has to be something that can be done regarding an ACTUAL upgrade out there.


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Posted 02 February 2013 - 07:43 PM

I went to an Albany game down in AC and Butler did not stand out at all.. Little Whitney made a bigger impact.. Small sample size but still, was not impressed but we need something


Butler's skill set is not that of a player that stands out. He has many more goals than assists in his pro career, he's not that fast, and he's not going to throw big hits. He's a triggerman - if people get him the puck in scoring areas, he'll score. If they don't, he won't make much of an impression.

I don't know how they will use him but sticking with the CBGB line is costing NJ dearly, it's about time they consider breaking it up.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 07:44 PM

So is Lou just gonna exhaust every piece of mediocrity in the organization before he makes a move? I mean don't get me wrong, I understand its not that easy, and I have the utmost trust in Lou. I'm just starting to lose some patience. It's not like we didn't know there was a depth and goal scoring problem on this roster since July.



And its not like we don't have 87 defensemen to deal to a team that could use a defenseman. There has to be something that can be done regarding an ACTUAL upgrade out there.


For better or worse, the organization seems determined to use the first ten games as an extended preseason. And the 3-0-3 start enabled them to keep that luxury. But we hit the ten-game mark on Thursday and are in the midst of eight division games out of ten. Something needs to happen soon.

Edited by NJDevs4978, 02 February 2013 - 07:48 PM.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:00 PM

Put Butler with Elias and Zajac. Put Zubrus and Clarkson on the third line so we can actually roll three decent lines.

Something like this...

Josefson Henrique Kovalchuk
Elias Zajac Butler
Zubrus Carter/Gionta Clarkson
Barch Carter/Gionta Bernier

I mean why not? We obviously need to spread out some of our key players because we have no depth at the moment.

Edited by Zubie#8, 02 February 2013 - 08:04 PM.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:05 PM

For better or worse, the organization seems determined to use the first ten games as an extended preseason. And the 3-0-3 start enabled them to keep that luxury. But we hit the ten-game mark on Thursday and are in the midst of eight division games out of ten. Something needs to happen soon.

Yeah it looks that way Has. But I don't think we need 10 games to know the deal. If Lou has a deal lined up that he's ready to pull the trigger on and he's not because it hasn't been 10 games yet, then he's just prolonging the obvious and I don't think Lou is down with prolonging the obvious. It's stupid. When time's on your side you use it as we know Lou loves to say, but time is short in a 48 game season. I would have to think he doesn't have a deal he likes yet. I hope he finds one in the next few days.


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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:08 PM

Time for the Butlerian jihad
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:09 PM

Yeah it looks that way Has. But I don't think we need 10 games to know the deal. If Lou has a deal lined up that he's ready to pull the trigger on and he's not because it hasn't been 10 games yet, then he's just prolonging the obvious and I don't think Lou is down with prolonging the obvious. It's stupid. When time's on your side you use it as we know Lou loves to say, but time is short in a 48 game season. I would have to think he doesn't have a deal he likes yet. I hope he finds one in the next few days.


At this point I'm starting to think he won't deal one of the d-men at all, or at least not until closer to the deadline (as much as most of us including me would hate that). Lou's paranoid about having '8 NHL D' and I'm sure looks at a short season as one where he needs to stockpile them for the compressed schedule in case injuries hit. If he is going to improve the forward corps it's going to be by dealing one of the prospect D and/or draft picks, I think.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:12 PM

I feel like we have this conversation every year
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:16 PM

At this point I'm starting to think he won't deal one of the d-men at all, or at least not until closer to the deadline (as much as most of us including me would hate that). Lou's paranoid about having '8 NHL D' and I'm sure looks at a short season as one where he needs to stockpile them for the compressed schedule in case injuries hit. If he is going to improve the forward corps it's going to be by dealing one of the prospect D and/or draft picks, I think.

. I don't care how he does it, he just needs to do it. We can't go on like this much longer and win with consistency.


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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:17 PM

I think he should help, maybe if we sign Darche CBGB can finally become the 4th line again

Zubrus - Zajac/Henrique - Kovalchuk
Elias - Zajac/Henrique - Clarkson
Darche - Josefson - Butler
Carter - Gionta - Bernier

Getting the goons out of the lineup should do a world of good.
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