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#21 njdevsftw

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 09:40 AM

I was gonna do a post this morning on the guys NJ could be looking at 

Please do. :)


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:01 AM

Over Olesz? He's not guaranteed a spot, he's hardly guaranteed a spot on the NHL roster. Sure, camp can come and he can impress, but there's no reason we can't fit in say Mason Raymond, Boyes or Grabovski.

 

None of these players would sign with NJ if they knew beforehand that their role would be on the 4th line.  


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:15 AM

I don't see where a 2nd forward fits.

Elias-Zajac-Ryder
Clowe-Loktionov-Brunner?
Henrique-Josefson-Zubrus
Olesz-Carter-Bernier

Unless you want to move Henrique to center, Zubrus to left wing, and add another wing at the expense of Loktionov, but Loktionov was really good last year.

Another forward fits on that third line. Ideally where JJ is. I love JJ but we can't be relying on him to have a breakout year. We need 4 bonafide scoring lines. We've always had trouble getting the third line going. We need to replace Kovy by committee and if everyone can't score then it's going to hold us back.
Btw I'm a big JJ fan, just don't think he can contribute 30-40 points
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:26 AM

Seemss like a nice addition to our squad if it were to happen. I still think adding Jagr for 1 year would be a good idea.

 

For the reason of his trade value at the deadline alone, we should sign Jagr to a one year deal. Dallas got a conditional 2nd round pick (which turned into a 1st rounder) and two prospects for him. As a team that doesn't have a 1st rounder next year, we need to make this move.

 

As for Brunner, I think he'd be a great fit for our team. He has versatility and a wicked wrister. Played a lot on the PP in Detroit in what was Kovy's spot at the blueline or the left faceoff circle. Check out his highlights here:

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=OIJ3PJnH33I


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:32 AM

I've been pretty down on Lou's work since the 2004 lockout, especially last summer and before 2010 when guys like Paul Martin couldn't even come to training camp due to the cap mess but I really think Lamorillo is having one hell of an offseason this year, even with the Kovy fiasco. All of the moves he's made address obvious holes in our lineup and when it's all said and done, I think we are going into October with the most complete team we've had in years.

Also. long term,getting young guys like Brunner and loktionov (assuming we get Brunner)also kind of covers for the marginal forward drafting of the last decade or so.

After walking around in a fog for a day or so, I'm back to being as excited for the upcoming season as I've been in a long long time.
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:36 AM

I woke up thinking this morning, gosh damn I would take a quiet off-season over this mess. We are getting a lot of traffic from the chatter this morning. It almost feels inevitable.


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:36 AM

I don't see where a 2nd forward fits.

 

Elias-Zajac-Ryder

Clowe-Loktionov-Brunner?

Henrique-Josefson-Zubrus

Olesz-Carter-Bernier

 

Unless you want to move Henrique to center, Zubrus to left wing, and add another wing at the expense of Loktionov, but Loktionov was really good last year.

 

I like these a lot. I like mobility of our lineup overall. Henrique could move up and center the 2nd if loki struggles, Zubs is capable of playing top 6 minutes, and the entire 4th line (bernier especially in my opinion) could easily fill in 3rd line minutes. Lots of options for Pete to tinker with and find chemistry. I'm sure he'll be jotting down lines on napkins like mad while on summer vacation (I am and i don't get paid squat). With that being said I'm glad we don't have to ink Kovy in as the "top line" RW when we all know patty's line has been the real number 1 at even strength. I'd tinker with this set:

 

Elias-Zajac-Brunner? => Brunner had his success with Zetterberg/Datsuyk (not hard to do) and Elias is our version of those guys

Clowe-Henrique-Ryder => All Canada line with Ryder and Clowe from the same town. 

Olesz-Loki-Zub => Like surrounding loki with some big bodies and Zubs can teach Olesz how to play the boards. 

Carter-josefson-Bernier => Josefson is an upgrade over Gionta and gets #1 PK minutes. 

 

 

REALLY refreshing to talk about lines again and not talk about who's not a Devil. I suggest others try it. 


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:44 AM

he was pretty good in the playoffs to with Detroit


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:52 AM

I like these a lot. I like mobility of our lineup overall. Henrique could move up and center the 2nd if loki struggles, Zubs is capable of playing top 6 minutes, and the entire 4th line (bernier especially in my opinion) could easily fill in 3rd line minutes. Lots of options for Pete to tinker with and find chemistry. I'm sure he'll be jotting down lines on napkins like mad while on summer vacation (I am and i don't get paid squat). With that being said I'm glad we don't have to ink Kovy in as the "top line" RW when we all know patty's line has been the real number 1 at even strength. I'd tinker with this set:

 

Elias-Zajac-Brunner? => Brunner had his success with Zetterberg/Datsuyk (not hard to do) and Elias is our version of those guys

Clowe-Henrique-Ryder => All Canada line with Ryder and Clowe from the same town. 

Olesz-Loki-Zub => Like surrounding loki with some big bodies and Zubs can teach Olesz how to play the boards. 

Carter-josefson-Bernier => Josefson is an upgrade over Gionta and gets #1 PK minutes. 

 

 

REALLY refreshing to talk about lines again and not talk about who's not a Devil. I suggest others try it. 

 

 

Great post, I actually like that lineup and your comments ring true. I have worries about Loki but I remember that when people got him the puck he did well with it.


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:02 AM

I like the depth of the lines that are begin posted but I actually think Bernier is good enough to be part of a really good 3rd line dropping both josefson and Olesz to a 4th line that can actually be really productive....for a 4th line.
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:08 AM

I just hope we don't overpay. Based on his amount of NHL experience I would go 2, 2.5 at the most.


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:12 AM

I just hope we don't overpay. Based on his amount of NHL experience I would go 2, 2.5 at the most.

 

Red wings offered 2.5 and he refused. he want 3 or 3.5. At this point we have like 10m of cap space. I couldnt care less of "overpaying" a guy with an extra million its not gonna hurt us. we need scoring


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:15 AM

Red wings offered 2.5 and he refused. he want 3 or 3.5. At this point we have like 10m of cap space. I couldnt care less of "overpaying" a guy with an extra million its not gonna hurt us. we need scoring


Agreed. If we are adding a young 2nd line talent to fill a large hole in our roster without giving up any of our very limited assets, an extra million against the cap doesn't make any difference to me.

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:22 AM

my only problem if there's one is that how do you give like 3 or 3.5 to a guy who played half a season in the NHL and then turn around and try to sign our own Henrique for less ?


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:29 AM

my only problem if there's one is that how do you give like 3 or 3.5 to a guy who played half a season in the NHL and then turn around and try to sign our own Henrique for less ?

 

There in line lies one of your problems. Brunner scored 26 points in 44 games, but you want to give him 3.5 mil. Henrique should command around  3 now you have to pay Henrique more.

Brunner did do well in the playoffs, but so did Salvador.


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:32 AM

There in line lies one of your problems. Brunner scored 26 points in 44 games, but you want to give him 3.5 mil. Henrique should command around 3 now you have to pay Henrique more.
Brunner did do well in the playoffs, but so did Salvador.


RFA vs UFA. Brunner will and should get more
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:33 AM

There in line lies one of your problems. Brunner scored 26 points in 44 games, but you want to give him 3.5 mil. Henrique should command around  3 now you have to pay Henrique more.

Brunner did do well in the playoffs, but so did Salvador.

 

brunner has been a steady scorer all his career, near 1 goal per 2 games for like 4-5 straight season. Of course its a different league but he showed he can be consistent and he did scored a decent amount of goals in the NHL in his first season.


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:40 AM

brunner has been a steady scorer all his career, near 1 goal per 2 games for like 4-5 straight season. Of course its a different league but he showed he can be consistent and he did scored a decent amount of goals in the NHL in his first season.

 

He also played with Zetterberg. He did have an excellent shot percentage, but he was sheltered in Detroit.

 

Here's the pros and cons:

 

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:44 AM

Detroit doesn't make many mistakes and they couldn't pass on Brunner for ancient Alfie fast enough...buyer beware.
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:48 AM

Anything over a 1 yr deal is very questionable for Brunner. 

 

As for Loktionov, I'm very skeptical on him sticking here long-term.  I liked his puck-handling and passing with Kovy and his shot was decent, but I didn't like his defensive awareness and his lack of physicality either, which when combined with his lack of faceoff ability renders him a bit of a specialized player. 

 

Now with Kovy gone, he's really going to have to perform and prove me wrong, otherwise I wouldn't be stunned to see him dropped later this year if he struggles.  I think Josefson will finally jump up and outperform him this year, just a gut feeling.


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