first, there's nothing wrong with being optimistic. If you don't like what mike contributes to the board you can simply put him on ignore.
No, there's nothing wrong with being optimistic. However, it gets annoying talking to someone who refuses to actually acknowledge the reality of the situation.
And trust me, I'm close to doing so.
As someone above me said, jagr will get you the best return if you trade him, and at best it's a late first round pick. Honestly id rather just be entertained for the remaining 25 games and watch a legend in a devils uniform that just throw him away for a first that has a higher chance of busting than the devils do of missing the playoffs.
The thing about the whole getting 65% of our remaining points is that the devils play so many close games that the difference between 2 points and 0 points on many nights is a goal, a few hit posts, or one bad play. We've played (and I believe lost) the most 1 goal games of any team this year, and have rarely been blown out. That alone makes me believe that yes we can go in a but of a run here after the Olympics (especially now that we're totally healthy).
The same can be said about the entire season thus far - and it's left the Devils right where they are, significantly (imo) back from the last playoff spot. I mean, there's just not enough reason for me to believe (despite my sig - letting you down here MB30) that it'll all suddenly click. I hope it does - I would love to be eating massive, ungodly amounts of crow in two months.
You can play this hypothetical situation out a million different ways - maybe the Devils don't trade Jagr, and he gets hurt and misses the rest of the season. Or maybe he completely rebels against PDB and destroys the locker room. Obviously exaggerated and unlikely scenarios, but.. you hopefully get what I'm trying to say here.
We'll have to agree to disagree - I'd rather the Devils acquire picks/prospects (regardless of the chance of the players amounting to something) than see Vets play out their contracts. Maybe you get a late 1st for Jagr, a 2nd for Zidlicky, a 3rd/4th for Fayne - maybe Lou can make a package to move up in the 1st round with these assets. It's obviously alllll hypothetical - but I'd rather see the Devils take this route.
Edited by Devilsfan118, 07 February 2014 - 04:42 PM.