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#241 Triumph

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Posted 04 August 2005 - 04:56 PM

Ah, another impossibly long thread that I refuse to sort through.

On Vladimir Malakhov - he's an excellent 3 when he wants to be. Jaromir Jagr used to call him one of the toughest guys to play against. Then again, he called Eric Cairns the toughest. I was a huge proponent of acquiring Malakhov as early as late 99, but I thought his time in New Jersey was somewhat of a disappointment. How good is he now? Who knows. That 3.6 million figure is reported on NHLPA.com, so I'm hoping some ink got smudged somewhere. Vlad is not worth that kind of money.

On Dan McGillis - Devils fans may remember Dan McGillis as the pilon Patrik Elias beat in 2000 to score the game winning goal in Game 7. I never liked his game - he's good on offense, decent on defense, but tends to make too many errors on both ends. His decision-making is subpar, IMO. He'll fit right in with Malakhov then. He's a decent 4.

On Brian Rafalski - The loyal soldier. If I were Rafalski, I couldn't help but feel some animosity towards the Devils - they were ready to say goodbye. I like Rafalski but he struggled last season. In previous seasons he seemed to be capable of being a very noticable 2 - solid on defense, quick on offense. If he's recovered from that knee injury, he will once again have some of the quickest acceleration in the NHL.

On the defense as a whole - Martin, Hale (?), Rafalski, McGillis, Malakhov, White, Brown, Matvichuk - an unremarkable unit. The Devils may combine Matvichuk and White as a shutdown pairing, a la Hatcher and Matvichuk. IIRC White and Rafalski play the same side of the ice, so that pairing would not be too good. The Devils have a lot of depth here, but they will really be relying on John Madden and Jay Pandolfo to help shut down top lines - without Stevens and Niedermayer, this unit does not scare opposing forwards like it once did.
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 05:00 PM

I can't get enough of translating RDS.ca!

Rafalski, Malakhov and McGillis with Devils
Thursday August 04, 2005 - With the departure of the veteran defender Scott Niedermayer left towards Anaheim, the general manager of Devils Lou Lamoriello did not waste time in order to bring back reinforcement to the blue line while getting along with the autonomous players Brian Rafalski, Vladimir Malakhov and daN McGillis.

31 years old, Rafalski played the five years of its career with Devils. It cumulates a card of 30 goals and 207 points in 377 parts. It got along for a two year old contract which will allow him empocher 8.2 millionß.

On its side Malakhov, 36 years, will be back for one second time to the New Jersey after having played with Rangers and Flyers. The Canadian had exchanged Malakhov in Devils in 2000 in return of Sheldon Souray, Josh Dewolf and a choice of fishing out.
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 05:00 PM

With the numbers defensemen have signed for...I'd be shocked if Malakhov actually got 3.6, while McGillis got 1.1. Seems to me the market for veteran avg / solid but not close to star NHL D-men has been set in the 2.5-3.0 range. I'd expect both to fall in that range.

I would expect both to have signed 2-year deals.
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 05:03 PM

Lous gonna be on the FAN in the next hour on Prime Time sports(6:00 pm now)
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 05:09 PM

I can't get enough of translating RDS.ca!

Rafalski, Malakhov and McGillis with Devils
Thursday August 04, 2005 - With the departure of the veteran defender Scott Niedermayer left towards Anaheim, the general manager of Devils Lou Lamoriello did not waste time in order to bring back reinforcement to the blue line while getting along with the autonomous players Brian Rafalski, Vladimir Malakhov and daN McGillis.

Getting along with autonomous players (or failing to do so) is what got us into trouble with Niedermayer, n'est-ce pas? :evil:


On its side Malakhov, 36 years, will be back for one second time to the New Jersey after having played with Rangers and Flyers. The Canadian had exchanged Malakhov in Devils in 2000 in return of Sheldon Souray, Josh Dewolf and a choice of fishing out.

Fishing out's better than fishing in. You get a better selection that way. I'll have the baked scrod with fettucine, please. :D
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 05:39 PM

im still gonnas assume stevens will be back. i doubt that this is the way lou would have wanted to announce his retirement. if so, the devils will have an excess of defensemen.....white may be moved for a forward.
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 05:44 PM

http://www.nhlpa.com...phy.asp?ID=3742

Dan McGillis

2005/06 Compensation: $2,200,000.00


sh!t $2.2?

So it looks like $10 million for the three of them according to NHLPA's website.
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 05:45 PM

http://www.nhlpa.com...phy.asp?ID=3742

Dan McGillis

2005/06 Compensation: $2,200,000.00 


sh!t $2.2?

So it looks like $10 million for the three of them according to NHLPA's website.

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I thought it was 2.2 over two years...where did Sarge get the 1.1 figure then?
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 05:48 PM

Maybe it was a misreading of $2.2 million for two years as $2.2 million over two years.
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 05:56 PM

wow i come back from working 1-6 and i find mcgillis, malakhov, and rafalski signed all on the devs and a 13 page thread :lol:

Well...this seems pretty solid for the devs.
hale, matvichuk, martin, mcgillis, malakhov, rafalski, white
thats nothing spectacular, but all around thats some REALLY nice depth. It should be a top unit again if you guys play the way they normall do.

I think you guys will like mcgillis he wasn't as great last year as i wished he would be but overall i like him a lot, ever since he was a flyer. He is a typical devil, hard worker, nice hitter, solid defensively...so on. he scored 3 goals against you guys the other year in the playoffs with the bruins
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Hahahaha...long overdue. Now they need to get rid of Jacobs.


The problem is, NJ only plays them 4 times a year. We were only able to get them to trade JT and fire the idiot GM. If we played them 8 times a year, maybe Jacobs might have an epiphany and sell the team.


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Posted 04 August 2005 - 06:04 PM

Agreed Bruins,

Our defense is solid and deep. Lou really made us better, especially if the Captain is n't coming back.
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 06:14 PM

I can live with these players, but I do think we overpaid a little. Some money was wasted that could have been spent to get us a new winger. Like most have said though, lou prolly ain't dunn.
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 06:16 PM

http://tsn.ca/nhl/ne...422&hubName=nhl

Devils sign Rafalski, Malakhov, McGillis

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8/4/2005 1:41:23 PM

The New Jersey Devils signed three defencemen Thursday to replace the Norris Trophy winner they lost in the morning.

After Scott Niedermayer agreed to a four-year deal worth $27 million US with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, the Devils re-signed Brian Rafalski to an $8.4-million, two-year deal and also signed former Devils player Vladimir Malakhov to a $7.2-million, two-year deal, and also inked Dan McGillis to a $4.4-million, two-year deal.

All three unrestricted free agents are decent players, particularly Rafalski, but none plays to the level of Niedermayer, who spent parts of 13 seasons with New Jersey and won three Stanley Cup titles.

"Scotty is in another uniform and we have to get the people that we have ready to play in our uniforms," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said.

Niedermayer was offered over a million dollars more per season, and the Devils were willing to stretch to a fifth season to bring back the NHL's top defenceman during the 2003-04 season. But the lure of heading home to the West Coast and joining his brother Rob on the Ducks was more than the Devils could provide.

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"We're not going to sit there and brood over it," Lamoriello said. "We made a substantial offer and did tie up a considerable amount of money. We had another plan should that not work out and we feel extremely comfortable with our defense right now."

That will be anchored by Rafalski, who will earn $4.2 million in each of the next two seasons.

Rafalski, who will be 32 once the season starts, is cut out of the same offensive-minded mold as Niedermayer. In 377 NHL games, all with New Jersey, the Dearborn, Mich., native has 30 goals - 13 on the power play - and 177 assists.

He takes his offence up a notch in the playoffs, where he has tallied 14 goals and 29 assists in 82 games. Rafalski has been on two Cup-winning teams.

"I can't do what Nieder does," said Rafalski, who agreed to his deal Thursday morning. "I do what I do. Hopefully, that will benefit me. I've always been able to do things at a very high level. As far as pressure goes, I tend to do better under pressure."

Malakhov is 36 and heading into his 13th NHL season. He will be the ninth player to be reacquired and play for the Devils.

He was originally acquired by New Jersey from Montreal at the 2000 trading deadline, and was a member of the Devils' championship team that season. Malakhov has played in 683 regular-season games with the New York Islanders, Montreal, New Jersey, the New York Rangers, and Philadelphia, and has posted 82 goals and 255 assists.

He will make $3.6 million per season.

The 33-year-old McGillis, who will be entering his ninth NHL season, has 56 goals and 176 assists in 607 NHL games with Edmonton, Philadelphia, San Jose, and Boston. McGillis recorded a career-high 14 goals and 49 points in 2000-01 with the Flyers.

With Hall of Fame defenceman Larry Robinson now behind the Devils bench, New Jersey is expected to continue to put a strong defensive team in front of goalie Martin Brodeur.

"This addresses all types of situations on our defence," Lamoriello said. "Probably the most excited I've heard Larry Robinson in a long time is when I told him the addition of these three players.

"Malakhov just simply excelled under Larry and they had a great relationship, and Brian he knows, and McGillis played against us enough when he was in Philly so we know what he brings. That complemented with everyone else."

New Jersey will also have longtime Dallas Stars defenceman Richard Matvichuk on the back line. Matvichuk has been waiting over a year to pull on a Devils sweater after signing a four-year deal with New Jersey last summer before the NHL lockout wiped out the season.

The Devils are close to the $39-million salary cap, but they do have room for 41-year-old captain Scott Stevens should he decide to return to New Jersey following a head injury that limited him to 38 games in the 2003-04 season.

Many other top defencemen signed all across the NHL this week while the Devils waited on Niedermayer. But Lamoriello said he is perfectly pleased with the Plan B he put into place.

"No matter what and who was out there, if we didn't have Scott Niedermayer, I couldn't be more comfortable (than I am) with the type of people and players we have," Lamoriello said.





I figured it was too good to be true. :rant:
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 06:21 PM

Well there you go. $2.2 million for McGillis.

Lou's gonna do something to clear some cap room.
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 09:07 PM

Wow im gone for a few hours and I had to go through all 13 pages *takes a breath* ok I think Manta said it best. Vlad is going to play well under Larry like he did in 00. Im a lot more happier now about this lineup than I was this morning. If we could get one scoring forward I think we have a pretty damn good team AND ONLY 62 DAYS UNTIL THE PUCK DROPS WOOOOO!!!
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 09:13 PM

At the end of the day, i think the Devils are better off now than when they started. They avoided a long term, big money contract, and signed 3 guys each for two years. 2 years from now, there will be a huge opening for money. I expect a lot of one year deals as well this season which I hope allows for some freeing up for next year. I think Lou has set us up well.

We still need some help upfront. Who knows maybe a trade here or there. Or a cheap signing.
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 10:05 PM

My bad guys, TSN orginally had 1.1 on their transactions page, and a few others picked up on it, then they chanced it back to undisclosed. My fault
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 11:32 PM

Sarge, to think there were so few misreadings on a day with so much activity is quite surprising. :)
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 11:39 PM

Yeah I saw the TSN total too, guess they got the $2.2 mixed up as a two-year total instead of each year's total :P

So they still overpaid for Malakhov, oh well. Maybe he'll at least play for Larry if there really is a mutual respect there.
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Posted 05 August 2005 - 07:26 AM

here is some interesting info that I stole from the HF board:

McGillis GP PPTOI SHTOI TTOI
01-02 Phi 75 3:31 1:29 21:04
02-03 Phi 24 2:26 1:24 18:33
02-03 S.J. 37 4:10 1:31 21:53
02-03 Bos 10 2:19 2:23 21:15
03-04 Bos 80 2:15 1:03 19:42

Malakov GP PPTOI SHTOI TTOI
01-02 NYR 81 2:54 3:49 22:48
02-03 NYR 71 2:39 3:08 21:23
03-04 NYR 56 1:23 3:03 19:36
03-04 Phi 6 2:29 3:24 22:57

Rafalski GP PPTOI SHTOI TTOI
01-02 N.J. 76 3:07 0:35 22:08
02-03 N.J. 79 4:17 1:15 23:08
03-04 N.J. 69 3:48 2:30 22:45

these three guys have logged some serious ice time the last couple of years.
We have, however lost this:

S. Nied. GP PPTOI SHTOI TTOI
01-02 N.J. 76 2:22 2:29 24:16
02-03 N.J. 81 3:56 2:17 24:29
03-04 N.J. 81 4:09 2:55 25:53
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