What I said was as the team is today. Today we have yet to replace Parise. Today we haven't replaced Kovy. Today we haven't signed Henrique nor Josefson. Will Henrique and Josefson sign I don't know, Even with them signed I believe we will not make the play-offs without signing replacements for Parise and Kovy, That my opinion and BTW many people agree with this opinion.
You can argue this: our trade for Cory Schneider greatly improves us in a completely different area of the ice. You shouldn't look at it as tit-for-tat replacement. I think a presence like Cory Schneider brings down the goals against, while a decent Clowe and Ryder, on top of better (than 2012-2013, which shouldn't be too hard) performance by Zajac and Henrique, plus adding Brunner to the mix, and maybe a breakout year by one of the 2 or 3 guys we've been waiting to breakout (only needs to be one of Josefson, Bernier, or Tedenby), and we can come close to evening things out a bit that we lost in Parise and Kovalchuk. And if we don't, I can safely say our goaltending and defense is definitely better this year. Devils know all about good defense and good goaltending, we invented it. Past 2-3 years, while Kovalchuk and Parise were still on the team, we didn't have good defense or all that great goaltending and that makes a world of difference over the span of a lot of games. 82-game season is a lot of games, and I think our lines will match up nicely against any other team in our conference now that a guy like a Parise or a Kovalchuk or even a Clarkson does not have a huge target on their back.
Edited by DJ Eco, 16 July 2013 - 02:23 PM.