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#1 msweet

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 04:35 PM

Classic Lou Speak:

 

Lamoriello: “I think whatever changes you make have to be for the better. So whenever you can get better, you make changes. If we can make the right changes to get better, we certainly will. As far as have to … You’d like to do a lot of things, but you might not be able to. So we’ll do the best we can to make us better.”

 

 

Q: Who’s going to win the Cup?

Lamoriello: “Oh, God. I don’t know what I’m going to eat tomorrow morning. There’s going to be some good teams out in the first round, for sure, with the matchups.”

 

Q: What kind of job do you think DeBoer do this season?

Lamoriello: “None of us did a good job. We’re not in the playoffs. But is it Pete’s fault? No. But we’re not in the playoffs. So we all have to take responsibility.”

Q: Why was it the right decision to bring DeBoer back?

Lamoriello: “First of all, he’s under contract. Secondly, I didn’t think there was a reason to make a change. So for me to get into my reasons, why and why not, I think it’s very unfair. There are certain things you keep between your own ears.”

Q: Do decisions need to be made on the assistant coaches, or are all of them returning, as well?

Lamoriello: “I have every intention of having the staff be intact.”

 

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 04:42 PM

Man when Lou retires he should run a seminar on evasive talking. It's seriously a skill I wish I had.

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 04:47 PM

I actually welcome Lou speak as sometimes we'd all like to have him say more. It's somewhat refreshing. I have no doubt he does everything the right way. I'm very excited that this offseason he has the financial security to do what he wants, he has the D-depth to make a big trade, and he has time on his hands. Let's see.


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Posted 14 April 2014 - 05:07 PM

I hope Lou writes a tell-all book when he retires. It would be maybe the best hockey book ever written lol.


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Posted 14 April 2014 - 05:22 PM

I actually enjoyed reading some of his answers, even if some were completely Lou-speak. But sheesh the comments on that article- there are some brutally ignorant fans out there.
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Posted 14 April 2014 - 08:25 PM

the whole coaching staff back again next year ughh... no offense to stevens but i just dont know about him as a D coach
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Posted 14 April 2014 - 09:09 PM

I actually welcome Lou speak as sometimes we'd all like to have him say more. It's somewhat refreshing. I have no doubt he does everything the right way. I'm very excited that this offseason he has the financial security to do what he wants, he has the D-depth to make a big trade, and he has time on his hands. Let's see.

 

I keep hearing all this talk about financial freedom or "security" as you put it.  Couldn't be further from the truth in the slightest.  We have stable ownership (for now as long as they are interested in being owners).  That doesn't mean the team is flush to spend and based on how reckless Lou has been with contracts lately, I don't see any real boon here for us in FA and that may not be a bad thing and force Lou to make necessary decisions on the roster and go the trade route.

 

If fans are so insistent on bringing Zidlicky and Jagr back, that pretty much eats away at whatever free money was there for next year unless you can dump Ryder.  People forget we tacked on about 3m or so in Ruutu which eats away at most of the savings we'd have from Brodeur leaving.  Devils cannot spend close to the cap and won't be for years to come.  It's just reality.


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Posted 14 April 2014 - 09:31 PM

I hope Lou writes a tell-all book when he retires. It would be maybe the best hockey book ever written lol.

 

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 09:59 PM

Devils cannot spend close to the cap and won't be for years to come.  It's just reality.

And you're basing that off what exactly?


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Posted 14 April 2014 - 10:14 PM

the whole coaching staff back again next year ughh... no offense to stevens but i just dont know about him as a D coach

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 10:42 PM

I keep hearing all this talk about financial freedom or "security" as you put it.  Couldn't be further from the truth in the slightest.  We have stable ownership (for now as long as they are interested in being owners).  That doesn't mean the team is flush to spend and based on how reckless Lou has been with contracts lately, I don't see any real boon here for us in FA and that may not be a bad thing and force Lou to make necessary decisions on the roster and go the trade route.

 

If fans are so insistent on bringing Zidlicky and Jagr back, that pretty much eats away at whatever free money was there for next year unless you can dump Ryder.  People forget we tacked on about 3m or so in Ruutu which eats away at most of the savings we'd have from Brodeur leaving.  Devils cannot spend close to the cap and won't be for years to come.  It's just reality.

 

The Ruutu trade, taking on as much salary as it did, suggests that the Devils will be spending - maybe not up to the cap, but certainly more than they did if things had continued under Vanderbeek.  I mean you can't on the one hand say that NJ won't be spending then point out that the Ruutu deal eats up that potential room.


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 06:34 AM

According to Cap Geek:

 

Next year's cap:  $71,100,000

Current 2014-15 payroll:  $50,595,834

Cap space available:  $20,564,166

 

UFA (8):  Brodeur, Jagr, Carter, S Gionta, Bernier, Sislo, Zidlicky, Fayne

RFA (3):  Josefson, Larsson, Gelinas (he is not listed on the Cap Geek roster for some reason)

 

Get the feeling Lou will not only try to lock up Schneider, but Greene as well, before they both go UFA. 

 

I'd love to see Lou somehow unload any three of Ryder, Zubrus, Ruutu, Sal, Volchenkov, and Brunner.  Going to be hard to do that though. 


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 07:16 AM

According to Cap Geek:

 

Next year's cap:  $71,100,000

Current 2014-15 payroll:  $50,595,834

Cap space available:  $20,564,166

 

UFA (8):  Brodeur, Jagr, Carter, S Gionta, Bernier, Sislo, Zidlicky, Fayne

RFA (3):  Josefson, Larsson, Gelinas (he is not listed on the Cap Geek roster for some reason)

 

Get the feeling Lou will not only try to lock up Schneider, but Greene as well, before they both go UFA. 

 

I'd love to see Lou somehow unload any three of Ryder, Zubrus, Ruutu, Sal, Volchenkov, and Brunner.  Going to be hard to do that though. 

 

I'd like to see all 6 go. Is that so wrong? Okay keep Zubrus around for 4th line minutes. All these players are still tradeable to me.


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 07:35 AM

That's awesome.

 

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 08:39 AM

The Ruutu trade, taking on as much salary as it did, suggests that the Devils will be spending - maybe not up to the cap, but certainly more than they did if things had continued under Vanderbeek. I mean you can't on the one hand say that NJ won't be spending then point out that the Ruutu deal eats up that potential room.


Well they have to spend.

The money allocated to Ruutu is spending but it's coming from a pie that will be smaller than people think and you yourself has said this since the new ownership came in and that now that money can't go towards other targeted needs. Ruutu is a limited redundant piece who is a huge question mark health wise and production wise.
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Posted 15 April 2014 - 08:50 AM

Well they have to spend.

The money allocated to Ruutu is spending but it's coming from a pie that will be smaller than people think and you yourself has said this since the new ownership came in and that now that money can't go towards other targeted needs. Ruutu is a limited redundant piece who is a huge question mark health wise and production wise.

 

Who might the Devils be plausibly targeting that they won't have the cap space or real money for?  The Devils could afford to wildly overpay for someone like Stastny, especially if they let one or both of Salvador (who is easily tradeable) or Volchenkov go.  If that occurs, the Devils probably get more value on defense, dollar for dollar, than any team in the league. 

 

And puhlease with the Ruutu hysteria.  He gets paid a little bit more than an average NHL player, at least from a cap perspective. 


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 09:12 AM

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 09:15 AM

Who might the Devils be plausibly targeting that they won't have the cap space or real money for? The Devils could afford to wildly overpay for someone like Stastny, especially if they let one or both of Salvador (who is easily tradeable) or Volchenkov go. If that occurs, the Devils probably get more value on defense, dollar for dollar, than any team in the league.

And puhlease with the Ruutu hysteria. He gets paid a little bit more than an average NHL player, at least from a cap perspective.


Nobody is taking Salvador or Volchenkov. And any buyout still has an a charge and that's money that ownership has to actually pay in real dollars.

This is about roster management and allocation of value in a cap system.

Great that you don't appreciate spending money or how it's spent but I'm sure management and ownership do. Almost 7m in declining grinding types like Zubrus and Ruutu is questionable at best. And don't forget 4 more years and almost 20m to a perpetually concussed Clowe. And your average salary to the Cap comment makes little sense except in a vacuum.
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Posted 15 April 2014 - 09:39 AM

I'm not sure no one takes Salvador. One team could looking to improve a PK, need a veteran guy who can play 3rd pairing - for one season. It's not crazy


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 09:45 AM

Nobody is taking Salvador or Volchenkov. And any buyout still has an a charge and that's money that ownership has to actually pay in real dollars.

This is about roster management and allocation of value in a cap system.

Great that you don't appreciate spending money or how it's spent but I'm sure management and ownership do. Almost 7m in declining grinding types like Zubrus and Ruutu is questionable at best. And don't forget 4 more years and almost 20m to a perpetually concussed Clowe. And your average salary to the Cap comment makes little sense except in a vacuum.

 

Salvador is a serviceable NHL defenseman with one year left on a contract at what is an average salary for an NHL defenseman.  If someone was willing to take Tallinder off our hands, they would do the same for Salvador.  Volchenkov can be amnestied, if that's the route Lou wants to go. 

 

If Clowe is not playing, it means his salary won't count towards the cap, and would be paid by insurance.  When he's on the ice, he's a useful player who is moderately overpaid. 

 

You can look at a player's value relative to his contract if you want to do some kind of abstract analysis of what player gives you the most bang for the buck.  In real life though, a player's salary only matters to the extent that it prevents a team from making some other plausible roster move.  You have yet to specify what player is out there that the Devils cannot now get because certain players are overpaid. 

 

Otherwise, none of us has any idea if ownership has an internal budget on salary, and under what circumstances it would be willing to bend if the right player becomes available. 

 

EDIT:  By way of example, the Wild had one of the worst allocations of salary over the past couple of years in Dany Heatley.  It did not prevent them from getting Parise and Suter, or trading for Pommenville, or doing anything else that they wanted to do.


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