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#21 SMantzas

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 04:21 PM

Yes, OP, I certainly agree with your assertion.  It just seems like we've been forever stuck in pergatory.  Every time NJ has had a chance to get in a playoff spot or solidify positioning, they've blown it (7-4 Detroit game anyone?).  The 0-10 shootout record is of course maddening.  Coaching staff rolling with Brodeur half the time, the team not being able score for Schneider, Brodeur's quotes, personnel choices, etc.  With what looks like a forfeited top ten pick, this season can't end soon enough. I just hope Lou and Conte pull a rabbit out of their asses with a Josh Ho-Sang type at the draft.

 

I think this team could be similar next year and make it due to them playing Schneider 75% of the games and some more shootout luck.  A top 5 pick is certainly not out of the realm of possibility and it honestly wouldn't be the worst thing in the world with the possibility to draft McDavid, Eichel, Barzal or Hanafin.  NJ is such a crapshoot lol


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 04:29 PM

I really feel like the 2nd half of that season has everyone forgetting how bad the 1st half was.  Kovalchuk had 4 goals in the first 2 months of the season.  Parise was out for the year.  Langenbrunner was still here being Langenbrunner.  For some reason Olivier Magnan Grenier played like 20 games.  (When people complain about Larsson being in the minors, one should remind them of a time when both Magnan and Corrente played for NJ).  Brodeur looked like garbage and there was a vocal group failing to acknowledge it (okay, that does remind me of this season).

 

There's no comparison between this and that.   They were mindbogglingly bad.   This team tries, they just suck.   I remember trying to convince myself they had a chance at the end of November where they won that shootout game against the Flyers where the mighty Adam Mair scored.   Then December came.


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 04:52 PM

For me, this is the most disappointing season simply because this team is absolutely no fun to watch. Coaching without emotion or intelligence, mediocre goal tending, anemic scoring (and when we do it's nothing special to look at), defense without a bite and no superstars on the roster. 

 

What is there to look forward to in a game? At one point it was fun to watch Jagr, but alas, he has worn out as anticipated.

 

I don't remember a NJ team that had nothing fun to watch and even when they win it's like, whatever. You know that win really didn't signify that they got anything useful going for the future.

 

Oh, and do we even have any young players that are going to be stars? maybe...

 

I can't buy any of this MSweet for a few reasons:

 

There have been so many boring Devils teams to watch. CR1976 named a few of them. There just haven't been many times in the team's history since Lou came where they've missed the playoffs. So you add that with them not having a real dynamic player, and sure it sucks.

 

Jagr has not worn out. There have been a lot of games he has scored a sh!t goal, and we marvel, but he's had a plethora of chances over the last few games.

 

As for emotionless coaching...I hate that. Deboer gets angry, but as I have said a few times here, what good comes from a freak out  in front of the media where you are calling out players by name. That's a real good way of getting a team to quit on you. He might be giving it to them in the locker room, but he is smart enough to turn it off in front of the media. There's been very few no show games by the team this year. Maybe that's when you go crazy, but he's smart enough to know that results doesn't mean a lack of effort. You can't scream about lack of finish.


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 05:05 PM

To me, there's a difference between frustrating and disappointing.

 

In '96, coming off the Cup win, I was very disappointed that the Devs didn't make the playoffs.

 

This season, even though I suspected the team wasn't going to be very good from the start, they did manage to stay close enough all season to tease fans into thinking the playoffs were (still are) a possibility.

 

With MacLean's team, I started out frustrated, became disappointed ... and ended up numb.


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 07:53 PM

At least in the early '90's there was the feeling that something serious was building. The feeling in the late '80's was similar, but plateaued for a bit, too those early '90's.

 

Now?  With the exception of those young D, there is nothing exciting to look forward to.


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 09:33 PM

There's no comparison between this and that.   They were mindbogglingly bad.   This team tries, they just suck.   I remember trying to convince myself they had a chance at the end of November where they won that shootout game against the Flyers where the mighty Adam Mair scored.   Then December came.

 

When you include all the off-ice bs from Kovalchuk leaving in the offseason to the dumbass contreversies over the goal song/fan brokers and Marty whining every five minutes, this season's been one never ending bad drama.


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 09:48 PM

I hate this season and the past year. This team is miserable to watch. Add that to the fact of the nonsense with the goal change and the devils calling season ticket holders scalpers and the bs never seems to have stopped this year.

I'm ready for this season to end and I can then go be agggravated at the Red Bulls awful start to their season.
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Posted 30 March 2014 - 09:52 PM

The highlight of the season:

 

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 09:54 PM

The highlight of the season:

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Lmfao yes!! Without a doubt the highlight of this season lol.


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 10:05 PM

Still 1-0-0 in games where Shaq rides the zamboni.


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 10:41 PM

When you include all the off-ice bs from Kovalchuk leaving in the offseason to the dumbass contreversies over the goal song/fan brokers and Marty whining every five minutes, this season's been one never ending bad drama.

 

add in 0-100000 in shootouts. Winter Classic humiliation (thanks Marty).

 

Honestly this feels like rock bottom. Though I suppose it says something about the franchise when rock bottom is still over .500 and in the playoff race (albeit barely)


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 11:01 PM

highlight is jagr

 

worst season, so far 

 

best player to ever wear devils jersey 


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 11:28 PM

best player to ever wear devils jersey


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 11:44 PM

What does a high Corsi and 25 shots mean if you're not scoring and not winning? Jagr has 1 point in his last 5 games. He can take all the shots he wants, that does not win us games. Nor has it. You can't argue he is keeping us afloat when we are not producing. He may be worn out or he may just be temporarily cooling down, either ways the decrease in production has been felt.

 

It means that you're doing good things, the things that leads to scoring which then leads to winning. Hockey is a process, not a miracle.


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 11:55 PM

I really feel like the 2nd half of that season has everyone forgetting how bad the 1st half was. Kovalchuk had 4 goals in the first 2 months of the season. Parise was out for the year. Langenbrunner was still here being Langenbrunner. For some reason Olivier Magnan Grenier played like 20 games. (When people complain about Larsson being in the minors, one should remind them of a time when both Magnan and Corrente played for NJ). Brodeur looked like garbage and there was a vocal group failing to acknowledge it (okay, that does remind me of this season).


I agree with you. That first half with Mac was waaaaaayyyyyyyy worse, not even close as far as I am concerned.
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Posted 31 March 2014 - 12:00 AM

I agree with you. That first half with Mac was waaaaaayyyyyyyy worse, not even close as far as I am concerned.

 

I remember the off-season prior. "Elias, Parise, Kovalchuk, Devils certainly won't have any trouble filling up the net!" boomed out on TSN and then we all know what happened. Expectations were high and then crushed.


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 04:08 AM

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The only debate you can possibly have is Brodeur.  But it's close.  Jagr is easily the greatest skater to ever wear a Devils jersey imo.


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 06:31 AM

The '95-'96 and the '07-'08 teams were tough watches.  I still don't know how Sutter squeezed 99 points of the '08 team. 

 

Forgot to mention the 2001-02 team.  They went from 295 GF and being one of the most entertaining teams in the NHL to 205 GF and often maddening to watch...they also managed to get the coach who had led them to consecutive SC Finals canned.  They won 14 out of their final 18 GP that season under Kevin Constantine, but even then they seemed to question his style at every turn (Brodeur sure did in his book)...I don't know what that team's problem was, but they seemed to act as though they were above having to listen to anyone.  I went to the playoff game where Carolina eliminated them (a 1-0 loss for the Devils), and five minutes into the game I told my then-future wife "They're getting shut out tonight.  They have nothing."  She told me to be optimistic, but they had no life whatsoever...it would've been one thing if the Devils had been playing hard but was extremely unlucky, or Carolina was playing incredibly well, but it just felt like they weren't into it at all, and couldn't wait to get off the ice.  They were pretty heartily booed during the last minute of play and after the game.    


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:26 AM

Forgot to mention the 2001-02 team.  They went from 295 GF and being one of the most entertaining teams in the NHL to 205 GF and often maddening to watch...they also managed to get the coach who had led them to consecutive SC Finals canned.  They won 14 out of their final 18 GP that season under Kevin Constantine, but even then they seemed to question his style at every turn (Brodeur sure did in his book)...I don't know what that team's problem was, but they seemed to act as though they were above having to listen to anyone.  I went to the playoff game where Carolina eliminated them (a 1-0 loss for the Devils), and five minutes into the game I told my then-future wife "They're getting shut out tonight.  They have nothing."  She told me to be optimistic, but they had no life whatsoever...it would've been one thing if the Devils had been playing hard but was extremely unlucky, or Carolina was playing incredibly well, but it just felt like they weren't into it at all, and couldn't wait to get off the ice.  They were pretty heartily booed during the last minute of play and after the game.    

 

And then pretty much the same team (minus Holik, Sykora, plus Friesen, Gionta) won the Cup the next year. Life has been good for us.


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:48 AM

And then pretty much the same team (minus Holik, Sykora, plus Friesen, Gionta) won the Cup the next year. Life has been good for us.

 

Lou rightly recognized that team needed some changes.  His trading Arnott pretty much showed that he didn't think that, if the Devils had been left intact, they'd do much in the 2001-02 playoffs.  Of course, losing Mogilny hurt...not sure what Lou offered him, but I coul definitely understand why he might have been cautious...Mogilny's 2001 season was a contract year, he had only played in 160 regular season games total in the previous three seasons, and had never been much of a playoff performer (9 goals and 14 assists in 48 playoff games as a Devil).   


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