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#621 sundstrom

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 11:06 AM

To be fair, Gulitti never hears anything. 

 

that's not true. he rarely reports anything early from his rumors. but he's got an ear on the devils. as for brooks - he has more of a national ear by nature of the rangers being a more nationally viewed team.


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Posted 04 July 2014 - 11:24 AM

that's not true. he rarely reports anything early from his rumors. but he's got an ear on the devils. as for brooks - he has more of a national ear by nature of the rangers being a more nationally viewed team.

 

Yeah, this is the way I would characterize it.  For instance, the Devils never officially announced the Mehta hiring but Gulitti claimed he had two sources that would corraborate it.

 

Again, someone has to find me multiple sources.  How were the Bruins in on Vrbata, when they don't even have the cap space to sign their own players?


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Posted 04 July 2014 - 11:33 AM

Gulitti has such a brutal job because there are no internal leaks in NJ. It helps that so few people are in on any discussions within the Devils organization. He works his ass off to find information, but it's tough. He seems to have a good relationship with a few of the Devils players and agents that have given him the story first.

 

So many reporters around the league have good sources within the organization from Dreger with Nonis to Garrioch and members of the Sens management to name a few, that they can break any story for the team they cover. They also become mouth pieces for that team in the end. 


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Posted 04 July 2014 - 11:41 AM

Again, someone has to find me multiple sources.  How were the Bruins in on Vrbata, when they don't even have the cap space to sign their own players?

 

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 01:02 PM

aaronward_nhl: David Legwand comes to terms with the Ottawa Senators on a 2 year deal, 6M total #TSN
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Posted 04 July 2014 - 01:05 PM

aaronward_nhl: David Legwand comes to terms with the Ottawa Senators on a 2 year deal, 6M total #TSN

 

Very nice signing. He would have made a nice Devil. Someone to help down the middle. 


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Posted 04 July 2014 - 03:14 PM

Very nice signing. He would have made a nice Devil. Someone to help down the middle. 

 

hockey news saying that ottawa signed him to trade him later


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Posted 04 July 2014 - 06:11 PM

Some food for thought on the Confusion that is Free Agency. From Puck Daddy's Ryan Lambert. He's all over the map especially with the possession craze. But that's not the point.


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Posted 04 July 2014 - 11:28 PM

Devs getting close with Scneider?  Please let this happen ASAP

 

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 08:48 AM

hockey news saying that ottawa signed him to trade him later

Why would any GM sign any player with the intention of trading him? This is so Esposito like. I don't believe any GM would do this. Trading an asset (of course) but the concept of signing a player just to trade him.  You might get stuck with him.


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Posted 05 July 2014 - 09:10 AM

Also would probably deter future free agents from wanting to sign there.
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Posted 05 July 2014 - 09:18 AM

The part about Clowe in the Schneider article is encouraging: 'Lamoriello said winger Ryane Clowe, who missed the final seven games of last season with a concussion, has recovered. It was Clowe's second concussion of the season and came when he hit his head on the boards after a check from Florida's Quinton Howden Mar. 31.

"He's doing extremely well," Lamoriello said. "No concerns."

Clowe, who signed a five-year, $24.25 million contract with the Devils last season, suffered a concussion on Oct. 13 when he was elbowed in the head by Wnnipeg's Jacob Trouba.'
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Posted 05 July 2014 - 09:36 AM

The part about Clowe in the Schneider article is encouraging: 'Lamoriello said winger Ryane Clowe, who missed the final seven games of last season with a concussion, has recovered. It was Clowe's second concussion of the season and came when he hit his head on the boards after a check from Florida's Quinton Howden Mar. 31.
"He's doing extremely well," Lamoriello said. "No concerns."
Clowe, who signed a five-year, $24.25 million contract with the Devils last season, suffered a concussion on Oct. 13 when he was elbowed in the head by Wnnipeg's Jacob Trouba.'

the real concern is the guy is fragil now.. i just hope he can stay healthy so he can contribute
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Posted 05 July 2014 - 09:50 AM

The part about Clowe in the Schneider article is encouraging: 'Lamoriello said winger Ryane Clowe, who missed the final seven games of last season with a concussion, has recovered. It was Clowe's second concussion of the season and came when he hit his head on the boards after a check from Florida's Quinton Howden Mar. 31.

"He's doing extremely well," Lamoriello said. "No concerns."

Clowe, who signed a five-year, $24.25 million contract with the Devils last season, suffered a concussion on Oct. 13 when he was elbowed in the head by Wnnipeg's Jacob Trouba.'

 

Don't buy it. He probably does feel good from his last concussion, but maybe the same way he felt at the start of last season after the two in 2013. Or the same way he felt when he came back last year before getting his 2nd concussion with the Devils.

 

From everything we have read about many of the NFL players and some NHL players, I am pretty worried about Clowe's long-term health. Going to be very hard for him to be concussion free for the rest of his career. Not sure what another concussion will do to him. If there is one next season, I hope he retires and just hopes for the best. He's at 4 or 5 concussions in a 14 month period. That's devastating.


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Posted 05 July 2014 - 10:00 AM

Why would any GM sign any player with the intention of trading him? This is so Esposito like. I don't believe any GM would do this. Trading an asset (of course) but the concept of signing a player just to trade him. You might get stuck with him.


My guess is that it might be something like what the deal has been when teams sign Jagr, that there's an understanding that the team will trade you if the team is out of contention. Meanwhile it's good for the player in that he got the money he was looking for.


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Posted 05 July 2014 - 10:16 AM

That article says kinkaid's nhl contract is for 600k and his AHL salary is for 105k, but Clermonts nhl contract is for 605k and his AHL contract is 50k.

Why is Clermonts nhl contact worth more than kinkys when there's little to no chance he plays in nj? Meanwhile if he even plays in Albany he only gets 50k while kinky will be making the 105k.

And does anyone know the details of wedgewoods contract? Does he even have an nhl contract yet?
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Posted 05 July 2014 - 11:35 AM

That article says kinkaid's nhl contract is for 600k and his AHL salary is for 105k, but Clermonts nhl contract is for 605k and his AHL contract is 50k.

Why is Clermonts nhl contact worth more than kinkys when there's little to no chance he plays in nj? Meanwhile if he even plays in Albany he only gets 50k while kinky will be making the 105k.

And does anyone know the details of wedgewoods contract? Does he even have an nhl contract yet?

I'm assuming Kinkaid feels there is a possibility that he will be returned to the ahl at some point, so he would be willing to sacrifice a few dollars from his nhl salary to boost his ahl wage (he's willing to take a bit less in the nhl to guarantee a higher ahl wage.) That would be my guess.

Although it does sound like Lou feels the backup spot is kinkaid's to lose, anything can happen.

Wedgewood is on the final year of a 3 year deal that was very similar to the one clermont just signed.
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Posted 05 July 2014 - 11:39 AM

Don't buy it. He probably does feel good from his last concussion, but maybe the same way he felt at the start of last season after the two in 2013. Or the same way he felt when he came back last year before getting his 2nd concussion with the Devils.

From everything we have read about many of the NFL players and some NHL players, I am pretty worried about Clowe's long-term health. Going to be very hard for him to be concussion free for the rest of his career. Not sure what another concussion will do to him. If there is one next season, I hope he retires and just hopes for the best. He's at 4 or 5 concussions in 14 month period. That's devastating.


It doesn't help that he's not the brightest when it comes to protecting himself against another one. I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure in his first game back this season he had a fight. There's no reason for him to ever drop the gloves again with his history.
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Posted 05 July 2014 - 11:39 AM

"He's doing extremely well," Lamoriello said. "No concerns."

 

= Clowe is dead. RIP.


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Posted 05 July 2014 - 12:17 PM

It doesn't help that he's not the brightest when it comes to protecting himself against another one. I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure in his first game back this season he had a fight. There's no reason for him to ever drop the gloves again with his history.

This is true.  He needs to change his game, but I don't think he wants to or is capable.  He may feel he needs to play a certain way to fit a role.  Hopefully he doesn't go the way of Boogard, Rypien, or Belak,  Those were real tragedies.  I like his game and he can remain effective if he tones down the grittiness. 


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