Your hatred of Kovalchuk has clouded your judgment. You honestly think this team is capable of winning a championship anytime soon? Unless Lou pulls off a couple more huge signings or trades, or unless Schneider ends up being the second coming of Brodeur, Marty's retiring without a fourth Cup. I don't think the situation is as doom-and-gloom as some others are saying, but I also don't see the Devils being anything close to championship caliber for at least a few years.
Again, for the billionth time:I don't hate Kovalchuk. He didn't fit with the organizations culture, nor team orientation. As I have stated over and over: he is an intoxicating talent, which coaches overuse to the detriment of the team. You become dependent upon him and when he is hurt, your season is done along with him. Not the way to win championships.
With Ryder, and potentially two other quality forwards and the unknowns from camp: Yes, I do see us moving in the direction of another championship. At least, we are moving in the right direction. Addition, by Subtraction.