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#21 Colorado Rockies 1976

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:35 AM

In other words, his name ends with the wrong kind of letters.

 

I'm more convinced than ever that Brent Sutter had no idea how to use Dainius Zubrus, and that's part of why he has such a bad reputation among Devils fans.  The play moves in the right direction when he's on the ice.  He might not be here after this season, but he put in 6 strong years, and he'll go out the way he should've come in - being used in all situations, making the right play most of the time. Sure he won't score many goals, and maybe he is finally slowing down, but Conte is right - you need a guy like this on your team, and the Devils were lucky to have one for so many years.

 

I don't think his reputation is bad among Devils fans...I think Devils fans like him now more than ever.  Like I said, I think a lot of Devils fans saw the two good offensive seasons that came before he signed with NJ, saw Gomez leaving, and felt (some expected) that Zubrus would fill that void, more than what was realistic.  And the Devils also gave him chances on scoring lines earlier, so they also thought (more like hoped) he could provide more offense than he ultimately did as a Devil.  But as some of the posts here show, fans have grown to accept what Zubrus really is, and appreciate what he brings.  It's like I said, I can't really criticize what the Devils got out of Zubrus, for what he was signed for...never once in his six years was his contract a bad one, and that's extremely rare for a contract of that term.   


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:02 AM

Well this thread just became topical with Zuby out tonight with an upper body injury Per TG http://blogs.northje...r-body_injury/. Matteau practicing on the top line.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:06 AM

Well this thread just became topical with Zuby out tonight with an upper body injury Per TG http://blogs.northje...r-body_injury/. Matteau practicing on the top line.

god dammit. i hope nothing more than missing one game


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:13 AM

He makes great coffee...next question please.

and take a FAB photo - mostly thanks to his equipment - PHOTO equipment just because I can feel sammy of old lifting an eyebrow merely with my use of the word "equipment" in reference to a Devil player


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:20 AM

I don't think his reputation is bad among Devils fans...I think Devils fans like him now more than ever.  Like I said, I think a lot of Devils fans saw the two good offensive seasons that came before he signed with NJ, saw Gomez leaving, and felt (some expected) that Zubrus would fill that void, more than what was realistic.  And the Devils also gave him chances on scoring lines earlier, so they also thought (more like hoped) he could provide more offense than he ultimately did as a Devil.  But as some of the posts here show, fans have grown to accept what Zubrus really is, and appreciate what he brings.  It's like I said, I can't really criticize what the Devils got out of Zubrus, for what he was signed for...never once in his six years was his contract a bad one, and that's extremely rare for a contract of that term.   

QFT

 

I'm a Zubrus fan though.  I'm a fan of anyone with a Cyrano nose.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:20 AM

He's a playoff beast


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:26 AM

Zubs was hit into an open door in the first period against the Rags, thats probably where the injury happened.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:40 AM

Zubs was hit into an open door in the first period against the Rags, thats probably where the injury happened.

yup, good call. we usually pull that on the other team, this time it backfired


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:51 AM

Zubrus was not ultra well liked if you look back a few years ago, people said, eh, he's alright, but it'd be better if he was getting $2.5M instead. That was true to an extent then, but as time went on, the cap went up, his salary looked more and more like a deal. Zubrus is definitely the beast of the boards, that and pretty much NO ONE takes the puck from him when he's moving in with it, he's just such a big guy it's so hard to get him off balance and force him to lose the puck. Think about if you've ever seen him ridden off into corner to then fall and lose the puck...now realize it's never happened, lol.



Zubrus was not ultra well liked if you look back a few years ago, people said, eh, he's alright, but it'd be better if he was getting $2.5M instead. That was true to an extent then, but as time went on, the cap went up, his salary looked more and more like a deal. Zubrus is definitely the beast of the boards, that and pretty much NO ONE takes the puck from him when he's moving in with it, he's just such a big guy it's so hard to get him off balance and force him to lose the puck. Think about if you've ever seen him ridden off into corner to then fall and lose the puck...now realize it's never happened, lol.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:13 PM

In other words, his name ends with the wrong kind of letters.

 

I'm more convinced than ever that Brent Sutter had no idea how to use Dainius Zubrus, and that's part of why he has such a bad reputation among Devils fans.  The play moves in the right direction when he's on the ice.  He might not be here after this season, but he put in 6 strong years, and he'll go out the way he should've come in - being used in all situations, making the right play most of the time. Sure he won't score many goals, and maybe he is finally slowing down, but Conte is right - you need a guy like this on your team, and the Devils were lucky to have one for so many years.

 

So if we need a guy like this on our team, and (maybe) this is his last season with us, what happens next? Matteau becomes the new Zubrus?


Edited by iamtheprodigy, 07 February 2013 - 12:23 PM.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:17 PM

So if we need a guy like this on our team, and (maybe) this is his last season, what happens next? Matteau becomes the new Zubrus?

 

I think Zubrus can make it a 2-3 more years and yes, I think Matteau is their replacement for him. Just look at what was said about him right after we drafted him.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:22 PM

I think Zubrus can make it a 2-3 more years and yes, I think Matteau is their replacement for him. Just look at what was said about him right after we drafted him.

Agreed. I really hope the Devils can hold onto Zubrus a few more years and he can mentor Matteau into becoming that type of player.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:32 PM

He's 50-50 for Saturday  :rolleyes:


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:54 PM

you texted him didn't you?  :P

 

(as moderator, feel free to delete this - I love dishing it out though :evil: )


Edited by Pepperkorn, 07 February 2013 - 02:56 PM.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:30 PM

He is a waste of ice space. Regular season and playoffs. He has had one maybe two good playoffs games.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:11 PM

Zubrus has been awesome so far this year. When him clarky and elias are on a line no one runs the cycle better than them. you dont have to score alot to contribute to the team greatly. hes a great forechecker and very valuable to this team


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:53 PM

you texted him didn't you?  :P

 

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I did.. you figured it out


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:18 AM

I always liked Zubrus. His versatility was not appreciated 4-5 years ago when he was an njdevs.com whipping boy.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:00 AM

He is a waste of ice space. Regular season and playoffs. He has had one maybe two good playoffs games.

 

I agree. #FreeJanssen /s


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:21 AM

I love this man :hail:

 

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