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#461 Devilsfan118

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 10:46 AM

They're both useless.  Volch is as immobile as anyone out there, and we'd be stuck with him for another two seasons.

 

Salvador is terrible too, but at least he's gone after this year.

 

I'm not disagreeing outright, just saying they're both terrible contracts for bad players.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 11:18 AM

David Booth being bought out in Vancouver, had some good years under Pete. Anyone take a cheap flyer?


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 11:20 AM

Leino too.  Could see that one a mile away.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 11:33 AM

David Booth being bought out in Vancouver, had some good years under Pete. Anyone take a cheap flyer?

I'd take a chance on Booth. My understanding was that he never reached the level that a lot of people thought he would. With such big names in play though, I am hoping Lou can get one of them to drink the  :koolaid:  and grab someone to help the first line. *Cough* first line center. 


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 12:08 PM

David Booth being bought out in Vancouver, had some good years under Pete. Anyone take a cheap flyer?

I'd be a bit wary of a guy who hasn't put up decent numbers since 2011-2012. His shot rate dropped by almost 50% last year in comparison to the 3+ shots per game he was putting up from 2007-2012. If we sign him though, you'd almost have to get rid of Zubrus somehow to make room for him.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 12:23 PM

David Booth being bought out in Vancouver, had some good years under Pete. Anyone take a cheap flyer?

 

I'd want to but I don't see the space on the roster right now.  I think NJ would have to clear out two forwards for that to happen.

 

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:00 PM

Doesn't Booth have concussion issues? I'm not sure we can afford to take Booth on at such a risk with Clowe already a huge question mark.

As Tri said we would have to clear out at least another forward.
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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:27 PM

Are the Devils going to have room to sign anybody to this team this year?  It seems the Devils are going to roll with the same team as last year


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:55 PM

Are the Devils going to have room to sign anybody to this team this year?  It seems the Devils are going to roll with the same team as last year

 

Well, Marty being let go, and a buyout of Volchenkov/Salvador frees up a considerable amount of money right there, and those are just moves within our control/don't really cost us anything. Then as far as roster space is concerned, letting 2 of the CBGB line go frees up a few lower line roster spots. And that's not getting into trades yet. I'm pretty confident some significant changes will come about on July 1st... 


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:57 PM

Sounds like Boston doesn't want to bring back Thornton. I'd love him on the fourth line for a year for two.

EDIT: didn't realize he's turning 37. Still, if Lou wants an enforcer for next season this guy would be a good choice since he can actually play some hockey.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:59 PM

Well, Marty being let go, and a buyout of Volchenkov/Salvador frees up a considerable amount of money right there, and those are just moves within our control/don't really cost us anything. Then as far as roster space is concerned, letting 2 of the CBGB line go frees up a few lower line roster spots. And that's not getting into trades yet. I'm pretty confident some significant changes will come about on July 1st... 

I think the playoffs these past few years have shown us that having a 4th line that can play hockey and not just hit and fight is so valuable. So even if so called "top 9" forwards play the lowest min a game they could mix up lines, fill in for injuries, and keep minutes down in general which is a good thing when you have an older team.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 02:08 PM

Well at least we're not one of the to ten teams Spezza does not want to go to.  Not that I want him here, just nice that we're not that unattractive a place to go.

 

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 03:23 PM

Well at least we're not one of the to ten teams Spezza does not want to go to.  Not that I want him here, just nice that we're not that unattractive a place to go.

 

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I'd love to have Spezza, but we have nothing to make that trade work. He'll also sign a long-term extension that'll most likely be a disaster.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 04:11 PM

i don't think moving guys like brunner and/or ryder would be very hard at all if lou felt he could upgrade.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 04:11 PM

Well at least we're not one of the to ten teams Spezza does not want to go to.  Not that I want him here, just nice that we're not that unattractive a place to go.

 

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:16 PM

Does anyone get nervous that Lou will keep the team basically the same as last year sans Marty and maybe Volchenkov? I can't see him getting rid of Sal or the CBGB line. I also think he may be under the impression that all the pieces are there to compete, as he's done many times in the past.
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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:44 PM

Does anyone get nervous that Lou will keep the team basically the same as last year sans Marty and maybe Volchenkov? I can't see him getting rid of Sal or the CBGB line. I also think he may be under the impression that all the pieces are there to compete, as he's done many times in the past.

 

Yep.

 

Although I think Lou will certainly try.  But he's tried before to trade some of the dead weight without much success.  And FA's are always a tossup.. 


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:54 PM

I realize the 4th line has gotten the last 5 pages of this thread, but it is the least of this team's problems.  Upgrading the forwards is much more important.  Dainius Zubrus played probably nearly twice as much at ES as any of the CBGB guys did and his year was a disaster - he was a functional player but he just didn't provide any offense.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:06 PM

I realize the 4th line has gotten the last 5 pages of this thread, but it is the least of this team's problems. Upgrading the forwards is much more important. Dainius Zubrus played probably nearly twice as much at ES as any of the CBGB guys did and his year was a disaster - he was a functional player but he just didn't provide any offense.


If Lou actually does bring all three of them back, it likely means there will be no significant improvements to the rest of the forward group.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:09 PM

I realize the 4th line has gotten the last 5 pages of this thread, but it is the least of this team's problems.  Upgrading the forwards is much more important.  Dainius Zubrus played probably nearly twice as much at ES as any of the CBGB guys did and his year was a disaster - he was a functional player but he just didn't provide any offense.

 

Two more years of Zubrus...wonderful.  Another player where the Devils can put anywhere....we know he spent a ton of time in the 1st line, but wasn't there a few times he was demoted to the 4th? Ideally, that's where he is at this point in his career.

 

You are right about the Devils desperately needing to improve the forwards, but where do they do this? Lou brought in Ruutu at the deadline for two years at $3 million something...that seems like the upgrade over a full season. Maybe next year there is more flexibility with Ryder and Brunner gone. For now, you buy out Volchenkov and where do you go...

 

I have no answers here. There isn't much to like up front. And that's with the hope that Jagr and Elias give you exactly the same production.


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