I have a conversation I'd like to bring up, but don't really think it deserves a new thread, but it has to do with the direction the team is traveling, so this seems like a good spot to spark it.
Basically, I was thinking about defensemen, ours, and others around the league, specifically the Rangers. What I started thinking at first, is that their D-Core is a lot better, but as I continued thinking about it, I got a few different ideas. All of them basically had to do with how expendable our D Men were.
I don't think it's a secret we don't have super stars along the blue line anymore. (Keep in mind this isn't a bash our defense idea) but does PDBs system not call for the star,stay at home D Men we were used to in the Jacques, trap days? If so, what was the order of events? Did Lou want to put more an emphasis on forward play, and take the team in that direction? Or maybe PDB came in, realizing our Stevens,Nieds and Dano days are long gone, and work with what he had?
So I want to know what you guys think, do you think it's just a matter of time before we see a D Core of Larsson,Fayne,Gelinas, Urbom and Merrill before we return to playing lockdown D? Or are we a franchise that now looks to bring in scores, to fit our aggressive forechecking system?
Please, fire away because these thoughts have been swirling around my head and I'm eager to see how you guys feel
The Rangers D corps is not better than the Devils. McDonagh is definitely better than anyone the Devils run out there. Then you've got Girardi, who is average. When he was put with Marc Staal, he was eaten alive 2 years ago. McDonagh shows up and all of the sudden Girardi is a Norris-trophy winner? No. He's a nice player to have, but he's no better than Andy Greene. Del Zotto makes some nice offensive plays but gives it all back on the back end - he's reaching a point where if he doesn't get better, he's going to be one of these Jack Johnson types who is paid like a top D man but is not. Stralman did very well with soft minutes, part of me is upset that NJ couldn't sign him 2 seasons ago. Staal's career is on hold and even before that, while he's got the name of some great players, and while he's a fine stay-at-home D, he was never dominant like the media made him out to be.
I guess though the presence of Salvador makes NJ worse than the Rangers because they don't quite have someone that bad eating up top minutes.
And the Rangers' D depth is atrocious. NJ credibly went 8 deep this year, Steve Eminger is awful.