problem is we shouldnt go after "4th line guys" as we have a 3rd line who should really be a 4th or replace Gionta at least. We should try to get good 3rd liners to push down the Gionta Carter Bernier line.
putting 4th line players with a 3rd line center playing on the bottom line cause his 2 wingers are bums is not ideal and it's keeping a below average 3rd line out there instead of having a really good 4th one (im still convinced we have one of the best 4th line in the league with Gionta Bernier and Carter
Well, when really good third liners start appearing on waivers, I don't think the Devils will be able to get them.
The days of the Devils keeping Carter-Gionta-Bernier together at all costs appear to be over, at least for now. Zajac with the two wingers had some great shifts.
What I'm concerned about right now is the Devils' 5th line. You've got Josefson in the minors as a guy who's played 100 NHL games and should be fine up here. Then you've got a whole lot of nothing. There's not a single forward in the minors who I think is capable of taking NHL minutes and doing okay with them. And that issue is even more pronounced among right-handed shooters, where you've got Matt Anderson, Cam Janssen, and Mike Sislo. Kostopoulos has played 500 NHL games reasonably well and the key to his acquisition is that he's free. The Devils have already traded away 4 draft picks in the next 2 drafts, plus they're losing a 1st rounder - they can't really afford to be giving away more draft picks for depth players.
Last night the Devils double-shifted 2 players starting in the 2nd period - this to me is unacceptable. Double-shifting Elias and Kovalchuk, two HOFers, with a guy like Stephen Gionta who'd be lucky to put up their numbers in the ECHL, is even more mind-boggling. Even if you took out his double-shifts at even-strength, Kovalchuk would play more than anyone else. If you can get a guy who can play 10 minutes a game, maybe Kovalchuk could take his regular shifts a little better.
Edited by Triumph, 06 March 2013 - 04:03 PM.