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#21 roomtemp

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 12:22 AM

Great now I want to go to an ECHL game they don't have a team in Trenton anymore


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 04:28 AM

Curious move by Rafi.   He is the most underrated D man in the history of the game.   Easily the 4th best D-men ever to play in NJ.  

Had the good fortune to play with the three best defensemen of his era.   Shame that Lou never really appreciated what he brought to the team until he was gone.


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 06:35 AM

Curious move by Rafi.   He is the most underrated D man in the history of the game.   Easily the 4th best D-men ever to play in NJ.  

Had the good fortune to play with the three best defensemen of his era.   Shame that Lou never really appreciated what he brought to the team until he was gone.

 

Stevens, Nieds and who is the third you have ranked above him?


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 07:35 AM

Curious move by Rafi.   He is the most underrated D man in the history of the game.   Easily the 4th best D-men ever to play in NJ.  

Had the good fortune to play with the three best defensemen of his era.   Shame that Lou never really appreciated what he brought to the team until he was gone.

 

Rafalski was my favorite Devil for a while.  Always liked him a lot.

 

I do remember a lot of Devil fans complaining about him just before he left...that he shot too many pucks into opposing players' skates, that he didn't have a hard enough shot, etc. 

 

He was incredibly loyal throughout the Niedermayer signing process...waited patiently for that to sort itself out, then signed a two-year deal to stick around.  One can argue that Lou should've rewarded him with another deal for that loyalty alone, but in the end it probably worked out best for Rafalski, in that he got to play for a terrific Red Wings team, and he probably had more fun there than he ever did here.  I've always felt that there are a number of players who embrace what playing hockey for the Devils and Lou means, and what it entails, but I don't necessarily think it's a "fun" experience.  Not as much as some other teams, anyway.  

 

It's not a big deal, and I know he was probably swept up in the moment, but I'll always wish that he hadn't taken a swipe (or appeared to take one) at the Devils with the parking lot comment.  But guys sometimes blurt things out when they're feeling emotional. 


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 07:53 AM

Well I think it's because he always had Niedermayer and Stevens getting most of the attention.

 

And after they left people killed Rafalski because he wasn't a true #1 defenseman, though that was probably true he was definitely much better than the guys masquerading as #1's the next few years for us after he left.  Even Lou underappreciated him to a degree.


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 08:37 AM

Stevens, Nieds and who is the third you have ranked above him?

 

Dano, only because his #3 is retired.   Statistically Rafi should be HOF eligible.   He was that good, but overshadowed his entire career, much like Nieds before going to ANA.


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 09:34 AM

Great now I want to go to an ECHL game they don't have a team in Trenton anymore


Even if, a visit from Florida was rare. A lot of games were against Reading or Elmira
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Posted 10 January 2014 - 12:46 PM

And after they left people killed Rafalski because he wasn't a true #1 defenseman, though that was probably true he was definitely much better than the guys masquerading as #1's the next few years for us after he left.  Even Lou underappreciated him to a degree.

 

I never noticed that.


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 04:17 PM

Everblades NHL affiliates are Tampa and Carolina, so there are some connections to Rafalski, particularly Yzerman. I can see both of those teams taking a chance on Rafalski. Once he gets in game shape, playing D for a guy like that is just like riding a bike. He would be a perfect mentor for Larsson.
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Posted 10 January 2014 - 04:28 PM

Interesting, I should be near where his ECHL team plays in mid Feb so I might have to catch one of their games. 

I'll be sure to be the only guy in the arena with a Devils jersey on, haha!


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 05:41 PM

If Lou is around next season he will sign Rafaliski to a 5 year contract with a NMC !!!!!!!


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 06:00 PM

Rafalski was my favorite Devil for a while.  Always liked him a lot.

 

I do remember a lot of Devil fans complaining about him just before he left...that he shot too many pucks into opposing players' skates, that he didn't have a hard enough shot, etc. 

 

With respect, I do remember YOU complaining about that.


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 07:04 PM

With respect, I do remember YOU complaining about that.

 

His last season, I probably did...I do remember that making me insane at times.  I remember not being that upset when he left...especially for what Detroit signed him for. 


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 07:42 PM

I might have to go check him out for a game!!!
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Posted 10 January 2014 - 10:07 PM

His last season, I probably did...I do remember that making me insane at times.  I remember not being that upset when he left...especially for what Detroit signed him for. 

 

Hey, don't get me wrong - I wouldn't have given him that Red Wings contract. Not a chance.


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 10:17 PM

Can anybody remember if Lou made an offer to him?


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 10:39 PM

Can anybody remember if Lou made an offer to him?

 

If I remember correctly, we were rumored to have offered him in the mid-4's.  


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 10:46 PM

If I remember correctly, we were rumored to have offered him in the mid-4's.  

 

I was under the assumption that Detroit's offer blew our offer out of the water.


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 11:17 PM

I was under the assumption that Detroit's offer blew our offer out of the water.

 

Huh? It did. They gave him 6 million per and 5 years.


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 01:20 AM

Devils fans respect Rafalski very much.  He left for Detroit and I don't know of any Devils fan angry at him like we were when Parise left.

 

Rafalski left to play for the team he rooted for and loved above all else when he was a kid. Parise left to play for a team that didn't even exist when he was a kid.


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