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#81 thefiestygoat

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:20 PM

Not happy about this deal at all. I get that Loktionov wasn't likely to be here next year but he was still one of the Devils best players in terms of possesssion, passing, and zone exits. The fact that the Devils threw in a conditional pick and CAR didn't retain salary makes this more infuriating. 


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:22 PM

One Russian left on the team.

Thank God. If you're running with Europeans, go with the Czechs and Finns.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:22 PM

two years at 5 million a pop is a very expensive way to bring in a little physicality. the canes better be paying a mil a year over 2

 

Whether he's on a bad contract or not, bringing him in for the playoff run makes it a good pickup.  He brings something the Devils need which is physicality.  Plus he can produce offensively too.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:23 PM

Well, maybe this frees JJ to play 3c?
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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:23 PM

Remember when you criticized me for stating my opinion as fact?  Well what do you call this?

 

This is, almost without a doubt, a bad trade for the Devils.  I don't care what the general consensus is about Ruutu's playing ability - he's a slow forward who can't produce (not like the Devils have a METRIC fvckTON of those already).  AND he's on an awful contract.
 

It was a cap dump for the Canes, nothing more, nothing less.  AND they acquired a youngish player with decent upside, AND a potential pick.

 

Again, bad trade for Lou.  Fleeced.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:23 PM

We always say that LD


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:25 PM

Whether he's on a bad contract or not, bringing him in for the playoff run makes it a good pickup.  He brings something the Devils need which is physicality.  Plus he can produce offensively too.

 

What? LOL! He's got 9 goals in the last 71 games. They've got enough physicality. They need scoring and when you take on this contract you better have a guy who can score more then 9 goals in almost a full season of games on the end of it. This is great as a rental, but this is just a terrible deal in relation to the cap. 


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:25 PM

The deal makes zero sense to me. And we're just THE team that needs to get older when we have, like, one 23-yo player on our roster. Unless the Canes eat up 3M or so of this cap hit (and that's probably not going to happen), it's a brutal deal.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:26 PM

BTW. Ruutu can score in the shootout


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:26 PM

This is Lou's "severance pay" to Johnny Mac.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:28 PM

Hopefully there will be more, but I'm not counting on it.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:28 PM

BTW. Ruutu can score in the shootout

 

Good, they can finally and fittingly win one when they are eliminated because Lamoriello couldn't bring in a glaring need while taking on a contract that justifies a player being able to produce. 


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:29 PM

Love the deal, and I am convinced we are going hard for Vanek.

 

Merrill missing from the optional raises some eyebrows in my world. Remember when Teddy didn't practice his rookie year and the ribbing he received. Devils rookies are always at optionals. 


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:30 PM

The deal makes zero sense to me. And we're just THE team that needs to get older when we have, like, one 23-yo player on our roster. Unless the Canes eat up 3M or so of this cap hit (and that's probably not going to happen), it's a brutal deal.

 

We weren't going to resign Lokti. So he was out the door anyway, might as well get something that can help us.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:32 PM

Love the deal, and I am convinced we are going hard for Vanek.

 

Merrill missing from the optional raises some eyebrows in my world. Remember when Teddy didn't practice his rookie year and the ribbing he received. Devils rookies are always at optionals. 

 

It's gonna be funny watching Martin St. Louis skate around Ruutu...lol

 

Vanek isn't on his way here.  Right now I would be happy unloading some of our salary.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:33 PM

Love this trade ! Yep...

Ruutu is awesome ! 


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:34 PM

Whether he's on a bad contract or not, bringing him in for the playoff run makes it a good pickup. He brings something the Devils need which is physicality. Plus he can produce offensively too.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:35 PM

5 goals this season. You sir are amazing. I wish I knew how to quit you.

 

 

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:35 PM

BTW. Ruutu can score in the shootout


Fifty million dollars that Deboer never uses him.

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:35 PM

Loktionov is obviously a really solid passer, his issue was defensive positioning.  Still, even though Loktionov isn't worth much, Ruutu is a liability, and he's just like everything we've already got on the left side.  I have no idea where all these guys play next year, unless they are going to move Reid Boucher to RW.


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