No one likes losing, and I am sure for most here this is uncharted waters for Devils fans, but there doesn't need to be one scapegoat. You want Deboer gone...fine. There is a good chance he is, but this really has not much to do with him.
There are a lot of bubble teams around the league. The ones that are stepping up are the better teams that have had better goaltending and better star players to lead them each night. Not ones that have a coach that motivates them more. You want a coach that goes in and just screams and yells at a team that isn't good enough to win games. Well that was probably Deboer in Florida. You'll have a team quitting on a coach much faster that way. NHL players tune those coaches out.
I understand where you're coming from with a lot of this post.
I'm not going to say I want Lou canned, but at the same time, I need to see him make some serious changes this offseason. If this team comes back relatively intact, then I think Lou's lost it. There's guys who should simply not be here next season, starting with the captain. I know some of the "get them outta here" players are going to be difficult to move, so I expect more than I would like will be back, but at least Sal will only have one year left on his contract.
Gelinas at this point looks like he could be the next Tom Kurvers, only there won't be a bad team dumb enough to cough up a first-rounder for him (especially one that has a good chance to be a top-fiver). Don't know if you ever saw Kurvers play, but he put up a career-high 66 points in '88-'89 (not as impressive of a feat back then as it is now, but still good)...and promptly became a healthy scratch the following season because Lou thought his defense was THAT bad, and didn't see it ever getting better. It's actually kind of a miracle that the Leafs gave up a first-rounder for a guy who couldn't even crack his own lineup (not to mention Kurvers was already 27 when he was dealt, so it wasn't like he was still a kid trying to figure it out)...shows how dumb that deal really was.
Anyway, at this point, unless you believe that the Devils have a 10-2-1 run in them (I'd love to believe, but I don't), I think you either send Gelly down to the A and let him play every game there, or keep him here and let him play here. No healthy scratching. I think the Devils need to find out by the end of next season if he is capable of being more than a one-end wonder...not saying he has to be a finished product by 2015, but at least can show that he's making progress so that playing him isn't a roll-of-the-dice.
I like sundstrom's D-group for next season...they'll take their lumps, but the good news is one way or another we'll better know what the Devils really have by next season's end, if that group is allowed to make some mistakes along the way.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 19 March 2014 - 06:18 AM.