Posted 19 March 2014 - 09:33 AM
You can give me all the advacned stats that you want, This team has had no life the last few games, and 2 years w/ no playoffs is not unlucky.. its bad.. LL & PDB need to be held responsible!
The off season acquisitions have not panned out, Ryder is awful, no goals in 22 games?? and he still plays every night?? really?? Give anyone else a chacne, Defenseman go that long not TOP 6 forwards! Its disgraceful, and he's useless if he is not scoring!! Clowe & Brunner have not been as bad, but certainly have not lived upto their cntracts! If not for Jagr this team would be in last!!
and WTF is PDB doing? its 1 thing to mix lines, its another to play Gionta as if he was a star!! ELias and Henrique were killing it together and he broke them up, now he cannot find a combination to score!! So let put Gionta on with a top 6 group, really? But we cannot find room for LArsson on this team? Yet Gelinas keeps getting more & more opportunites, even though he seems to be on the ice for 75% of the goals against!!
I know LL built this organization, brought us 3 cups, and a huge anount of credability and he should have card blanche, but clearly this league has passed him by, every single night we face teams that skate so much better than the Devils, its has been happeneing for years, and LL has yet to figure out he need to get younger & faster.
NJ is not only the oldest team in the NHL, they are the OLDEST by over 1 year!!! After NJ there are 6 teasm within 6 months of each other, if anyone thinks that the age is not affecting this team they are crazy!! Especially in a season w/ an Olympic break, they back to backs & the 3 games in 4 nights will beat older players down!! and last night we had 3 days off, yet the effort was pathetic!! Plain and simple this team is tired ( and being old does not help!!)
Yes Pitt is also old, 3rd oldest team, but their best player is 26 & their 2nd best player is 27.. ours is 42! 7 of Pitts top 10 scoreres are 28 or under, and 6 are under 26
Of NJ top 10 scorers 4 are under 28, 2 are under 26!! HUGE difference!!
I have been saying this for 2 years, this team is old & needs to get young legs.. MAJOR FAILURE on LLs part!!
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