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#1441 Mike Brown

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 10:02 PM

Does anyone else feel like Zubrus has regressed this year?

 

I think he's having his typical Zubrus-esque year.


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 11:05 PM

Does anyone else feel like Zubrus has regressed this year?

i always kind of felt like zubrus was just a so so type of player i dont recall myself ever really being like oh wwow zubrus coming in clutch... not saying he never has had one of those moments here.. but hes been nothing more then dead weight added to the pile this season.
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Posted 28 March 2014 - 11:14 PM

Zubrus is showing his age. Even though he never put up astonishing numbers he was always a beast along the boards and a great puck possession player. He is mot as beastly these last two seasons, he's wearing down.

Edited by Zubie#8, 28 March 2014 - 11:15 PM.

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 04:35 AM

On top of wearing down, he was never really a speedy player, but for a big guy his speed is acceptable.  But I think that regression is mostly in his legs.  He can keep up with Jagr, but that's not saying much unfortunately.  I feel for the guy, he is a role player on this team, he can kill penalties and I believe he still has a place in the bottom 6, but keeping him in the top 6 for the simple reason, "Oh he's a big body and will win puck battles.", it just isnt good enough when we need players who will put points on the board.  Zubrus has never been known for doing that.  Use Zubrus as a 4th line anchor or wing with Gionta and Carter.  Gionta and Carter are both physical players and Zubrus would help that lines possession numbers in theory. 


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Posted 29 March 2014 - 09:46 AM

zubie of the SC run and this zubie are very different. then he could dump in at the blue line single handed and pin the Dman at will, those days seem gone, his hands are slowing too.  still a better puck carrier than most here give him credit for and he played as well as anyone with zajac and jagr.(not saying much, I know) at 3 mil people are making more of an issue than he really is. the guy will play on the 4th line if needed.  clowe plays and important role, but lets be honest hes horrible in our end, ditto ryder. and ruutu is no big upgrade.  I reserve the right to change my opinion if we lose jagr next year, lol


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Posted 29 March 2014 - 09:56 AM

Zubrus is 35, which doesn't seem 'that' old compared to a few guys on our team but he's been in the NHL since he was 18...that's a lot of miles playing the way he does (and he's been pretty durable).  Unfortunately giving him three years last offseason may wind up becoming a Pandolfo like deal where we have to buy out the final year.


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Posted 29 March 2014 - 12:26 PM

Buying out the final year only saves the Devils money because it's a 35+ contract.  I could see them convincing him to walk.

 

It's not mileage, it's just that Zubrus was never a great player and players who aren't great tend to slow down at Zubrus's age.  Like Edge said, he just doesn't get in on the forecheck as fast and so that really limits what good he's doing out there.  He's still a smart player with the puck and on defense but he's basically contributing at a 3rd/4th line level at this juncture.  I'm not concerned about the salary, but I am concerned that coaching/management usually takes at least a year what shrewd people can see in 20 games - this is why old players suck, it isn't just because they start to get worse, it's that the coaching staff doesn't notice until it's already cost the team points.


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Posted 29 March 2014 - 04:22 PM

At this point, if Zubrus plays on the 4th line I have no problem with him being here. You'll get your share of posters upset that a 4th liner is making $3 million but I don't really see it as a big deal compared to Salvador and Volchenkov's contracts.


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:11 AM

@dchesnokov: Ilya Kovalchuk will have a knee surgery in Munich later this week and will not play for Russia at the IIHF Worlds in Minsk.



Didn't know where to put this, so I figured here was as good a place as any.


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:15 AM

@dchesnokov: Ilya Kovalchuk will have a knee surgery in Munich later this week and will not play for Russia at the IIHF Worlds in Minsk.



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:20 AM

Rich Chere @Ledger_NJDevils 3m

Devils have recalled Adam Larsson (emergency).


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:22 AM

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Devils have recalled Adam Larsson (emergency).

 

Guess Merrill is out.

 

He isn't the saviour, but nice to see him back.


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:23 AM

Guess Merrill is out.

 

He isn't the saviour, but nice to see him back.

Hopefully he plays well enough to stay in the lineup the rest of the way.  We need SOMETHING to feel good about going into the offseason


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:36 AM

Adam Larsson, back from the Crusades!


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:38 AM

And looks like Marty is starting!


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:41 AM

Merrill got some stitches but went home with the team. Didn't think this would be something he'd miss games over.

 

Could Larsson be recalled to replace Gionta? He also left the game on Saturday


And looks like Marty is starting!

 

well he was definitely getting one of these games since it's a 3 in 4. Not like Schneider has any idea how to beat the Panthers (or Luongo for that matter) though Schneider did play well Saturday night.


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:41 AM

Tom Gulitti ‏@TGfireandice:

Now, Brodeur is in the net the Devils will defend in the first and third periods -- usually a sign of the starter. Schneider at other end.


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:47 AM

Rich Chere ‏@Ledger_NJDevils:
Devils' morning defense pairings: Greene-Fayne; Harrold-Zidlicky; Gelinas-Larsson.


LOVE having the Gelinas-Larsson pairing back together.


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 10:05 AM

No Merrill stinks but Larsson and no Sal and Volch?!?! :o I feel amazing

Until Brodeur gives up 3 softies with the pair on ice and we don't see either the rest of the year

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 10:34 AM

Thing thats funny about the whole goaltending situation is that Deboer knows Schneider is better.  I think its obvious at this point.  He has given CS the tougher matchups and seems to always use him on the second half of back to backs. I think Deboer is back next year because of his willingness to start Marty ~50% even if they nuked this year starting MB30 as much as they did


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