i was going to get snarky, but perhaps starting a thread like this at this juncture isn't the best idea. we're discussing in several other threads and just starting one to say "we suck, what do we do?" isn't all that constructive. if you're going to start a thread, maybe have an idea to discuss
Good time as any to start something where all of this stuff can be consolidated.
First, I want DeBoer to stay. He got a lot out of fairly mediocre roster. Best PK in the league, and top ten in the powerplay. The team does not give up a lot of shots at even strength. No matter how shaky the offense is, that's generally a good bet to make the playoffs. DeBoer screwed up big time giving Marty too many starts, but ultimately, I think it's something that 9 out of 10 coaches would have also done, but it's water under the bridge. Next year I don't expect it to be an issue, as all signs indicate Marty will not be on the Devils next year. And if he is, shame on Lou, and shame on whoever the coach is for starting him more than a handful of games.
Second, sign Jagr. That's obvious.
Third, get a sense as soon as possible about whether Schneider will go to free agency, by offering him a big deal, eight years if necessary. If the vibe is that he just doesn't want to be here for the long term, get on the phones immediately, and be open to trading him anywhere, even if it's in the division. In the meantime, there are enough decent goalies out there in free agency to make things look respectable.
Fourth, clear up the defense logjam one way or the other. A few days after free agency, this team should know who the top six defenseman will be.
Fifth, at the draft, it's best player available, period. No one the team ends up picking will be scoring goals for this team for at least the next 3 years, or if they are, the team is absolutely fvcked.
On the bright side, we're kind of playing with house money next year. If there's ever a time where being dreadful is a good thing, it's next season. Hell, if only we had lost five more games last year, we might have had Nate MacKinnon.