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#221 Devildude

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:18 PM

We got kovalfvcked! I wonder if Bettman will do anything for us, a team he hates...
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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:18 PM

i still cannot believe this, and im still speachless.  i seriously can't believe this.

 

i guess here's the "russian factor"

 

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fvck this is a heartbreak

 

Kind of how I feel, the more I try to rap my mind around it the more it sucks.  But I believe Lou will do everthing he can to get us back. It seems that we are always up against it and he seems to find a way. I hope he can do it again.


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:19 PM

We are getting fined a 1st round pick next year?
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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:21 PM

We are getting fined a 1st round pick next year?

yes, that was our penalty we received from when we signed Kovy


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:24 PM

yes, that was our penalty we received from when we signed Kovy


More specifically, the fine we received when we extended him
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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:27 PM

Im still in shocked.  Utter shocked.  I know some people said they saw this coming, but I honestly did not.  When I saw the news, my heart dropped.  It was racing.  I felt like I was dumped.  Such a shame.  There has to be more to it,  Just when I thought this off season was going great.


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:29 PM

i know his address we should all go protest in front of his house and follow him around lol
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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:31 PM

If the NHL doesn't let its players go, the Olympics become a minor league tournament, worth a hell of a lot less money.

 

The organizers don't care, the casuals don't know who anyone is and will watch it anyway.   And the NHL can't tell its players not to go, especially if there was an expectation of them going.  The PA has a say in that and the individual European players may decide "fvck it" and go over for a couple of weeks.


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:32 PM

This is a blessing in disguise.

Kovalchuk had some of his worst years here. He is was improving defensively but was never a difficult player to play against.

In the short term the Devils are worse. But in the long term I believe the organization will be better by getting back to the team first approach that has been the key to the team's success.

 

 

So Zach went home, Rafalski went home, Clarkson went home and now kovalchuk went home... who's next? Loktionov? 

 

why can't Van Riemsdyk, Ryan, Carlson and wtv want to come back here... NJ really have to start producing more talent lol

 

(i know ryan was a flyers fan)

 

 

Fvck Kovy. In Lou we trust. That is all.

 

 

Yes on all above..

 

 

I am not surprised by any of this... We got Kovy's 3 best years, and we got out of a contract which will look worse each year. ...and the Devils' agree as you can see by letting him go so easily.

 

This hurst short term but will help long term... let a player who was a 25-30 goal scorer with a $6M (costs the team $10M in dollars) contract go ..

you betcha we would...

 

Makes sense for Kovy too.. play offense, no D, be a star and make much more $'s


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:49 PM

Having Kovy took a lot of pressure off of other players.  He took the attention of other team's top D and checking lines.  Without Kovy, Elias doesn't have the season he had last year.  The Devils desperately need to replace him some how but he will not truly be replaced.  Not everything he does for a team shows up on stat sheets.  I know some people don't understand that but anyway.... It's true.


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:09 PM

Having Kovy took a lot of pressure off of other players.  He took the attention of other team's top D and checking lines.  Without Kovy, Elias doesn't have the season he had last year.  The Devils desperately need to replace him some how but he will not truly be replaced.  Not everything he does for a team shows up on stat sheets.  I know some people don't understand that but anyway.... It's true.

 

Exactly, but for the opposite reason. Kovy took the pressure off of the other players and consequently when he was injured our offense went in the toilet because he became a crutch..


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:12 PM

It's not all about having stars. It's not all about being the team that gets standing ovations in the other teams building. This is something a team can rally around. Deboer is probably amped for the first practice for all the bulletin board material he'll get come prediction time..Cancel the locker room painters cause this year it'll be wallpapered with motivational headlines. Hockey isn't sexy, but they all get mad laid anyway. Devils won't be sexy, but they can still be a team no one looks forward to facing.   

 

If you can't tell this has actually fired me up for the season. Watching some '95 highlights to get back in to the underdog, mean, gritty, nobodies friend mode..Man, Lemieux had a dance that year...But that is the mentality they will have, and the opponents will all be like Detroit in '95 when they were looking at each other deflated down 3 goals in games 3 and 4 saying "how the hell are THESE guys beating the tar out of us!". 

 

Always had trouble with "you have to live with the bad" to get the good argument with Kovy. Never really understood why I had to live with the bad. I don't like the bad. 


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:15 PM


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#234 jim777

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:15 PM

Absolutely stunned - no words at all


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:24 PM

Rangers suck, kovalchuk swallows?


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:33 PM

Rangers suck, kovalchuk swallows?

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 10:02 PM

Well, he's Russian and went home. Money is better, he'll be the best player in the league, the family will be happier, etc. I'm getting over the shock, which hurts, but no hate for the player, just disappointment thinking we were set for a fantastic season.

 

But seriously, if all you guys wishing him death and all that would take a minute to take his face out of your signatures that would be swell :)


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 10:07 PM

To quote Ilya, "Vy u hev to b so mad? Is only game!"


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 10:09 PM

To quote Ilya, "Vy u hev to b so mad? Is only game!"

The universe is so humongous big, sometimes you want be close to home


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 10:23 PM

Well, he's Russian and went home. Money is better, he'll be the best player in the league, the family will be happier, etc. I'm getting over the shock, which hurts, but no hate for the player, just disappointment thinking we were set for a fantastic season.

But seriously, if all you guys wishing him death and all that would take a minute to take his face out of your signatures that would be swell :)

then he shouldn't have signed a long term contract. He disrespected the devils,teammates, the league and the fans.
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