amen. It's really head scratching. I've never heard of a fanbase that when their team is bottom five in the NHL in offense they complain about fourth liners and bottom pairing defensemen. I guess you can put a change to the fourth line in your wish list but to have practically half this thread dedicated to fourth lines/league minimum guys is ridiculous.
Maybe it's just the offseason doldrums, but this has been going on all season.
Well, everyone here is well aware the team needs top-end scoring, especially at the center position. There just isn't much out there (everyone here has been talking about Stastny for months). People are throwing around other names as well. The Devils have very few assets to make a trade to bring in that player, though.
As for the 4th line and the 5th and 6th defenseman. It's been a point of contention for a while. There are many players that bring little value (and that the GM and coach love) that have been unscratchable, and it has blocked playing time from younger players like Loktonov and Josefson up front (Rusty Olesz wasn't given enough of a shot either) and defensively many people loved what Gelinas bring. They want to see Larsson everyday, so it has been frustrating.
It was a frustrating year last season with Brodeur getting so many games, Larsson not playing when he was healthy again, and no youngster showing enough/given enough of a look to become a regular.
You are right, though. Besides the Brodeur issue (which looks finished), there are much more important issues, but people also don't want to go through another year with a few of these players.