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#1 Voros19

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 01:50 PM

Right now, in case anyone is interested in tuning in.

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 01:56 PM

So, whats he sayin'?
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 01:59 PM

Blah blah, how do you like the new NHL, etc.?, questions.

Said the arena in Newark is still going to go up. Talking now about last off-season and how he waited a bit too long with Niedermayer. A new coach is in the near future, and it appears Pat Burns is pretty much out of the question.

A little annoyed they didn't ask about Elias...
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 02:01 PM

So the Devs have a coach, but will name him soon, RE: after the Finals, before the draft.

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 02:01 PM

So he waited too long for Niedermayer and Niedermayer didn't keep him waiting? Interesting.

Sucks about Burns but it is probably for the best.
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 02:02 PM

Doc was on Beningo earlier.
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 02:04 PM

So he waited too long for Niedermayer and Niedermayer didn't keep him waiting? Interesting.

Sucks about Burns but it is probably for the best.


Well, he basically said that they waited for Niedermayer to make the decision, and that they sort of handcuffed themselves by doing that since he didn't end up signing.
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 02:09 PM

Well, he basically said that they waited for Niedermayer to make the decision, and that they sort of handcuffed themselves by doing that since he didn't end up signing.





Yes, they were waiting for his decision. And, in the end, they couldn't deliver what he wanted, which was to play with his brother. But Lou said he felt he owed it to him because of what he had contributed to the team over the years to wait for the decision, but you can't put that kind of pressure on an organization again, because you wind up in the position they did, without the kind of options you need.



This was inresponse to a question about what he had learned from the first year under the new CBA...which makes mke wonder if he's closer to my opinion on Elias...you don't wait to see what he will do if he makes it to July 1st unsigned.

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 03:29 PM

I think we're all of the same mind - no waiting this one out -- put your best offer on the table before July 1 and then start on plan B immediately if you dont have Elias sewn up.

So what's plan B again?
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 03:35 PM

I think we're all of the same mind - no waiting this one out -- put your best offer on the table before July 1 and then start on plan B immediately if you dont have Elias sewn up.

So what's plan B again?

Panic.

Oh, wait, you meant Lou's plan, didn't you? Sorry, I thought you wanted to know what the board's Plan B was. :doh1: :blush: ;)
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 03:37 PM

I think we're all of the same mind - no waiting this one out -- put your best offer on the table before July 1 and then start on plan B immediately if you dont have Elias sewn up.

So what's plan B again?




Plan B is centered around damage control and Kool-Aid. I have no other specifics at this point.
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 04:17 PM

I think we're all of the same mind - no waiting this one out -- put your best offer on the table before July 1 and then start on plan B immediately if you dont have Elias sewn up.

So what's plan B again?


Plan B is to sign a mediocre LW to a one year deal, maybe sign a mediocre C to a 1 or 2 year deal, hope to make the playoffs, and wait for next season when there are much more lucrative free agents to be had.
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 04:24 PM

So what's plan B again?

What I see happening - although, since its the offseason the crystal ball is a bit cloudy - is Elias signing somewhere else and, within a week, we announce the signings of Gomez, Gionta and a midlevel free agent wing.
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 04:47 PM

I have my doubts about Patty staying. If he rolls gotta put your money on Gomerand sign him long term.
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 05:13 PM

Lou's a great GM, but more often than not a lousy interview (as are most GMs). He never gives you much more than the standard, "If there's a deal out there that we think can improve our team, we'll explore it" and the "We'd love to keep [whoever], but we have to be fiscally responsible in doing so." It's not like he's going to come out and let anyone know what his plans really are. The typical Lou Lamoriello (and most GMs)interview: You know just as much after the interview as you did before.

Having said that, it sounds like Lou's not going to sit around waiting for anyone ever again. Good. Last year there clearly wasn't a Plan B. I get the feeling if Elias doesn't sign by July 1, Lou's going to move quickly to do whatever he has to to make up for losing him.

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 06:06 PM

I think Lou knows now that Elias isn't going to sign with the Devils before July 1. I also think Lou knows that he can't make an offer now or after July 1 that Elias will accept. That's why Lou is letting out the message he isn't going to wait and get caught like last season. I also think that Triumph has it correct two cheap mid level wings and a center and wait until 2007/2008 he will know then about the other payers that might go elsewhere, like Gomez if he only signs for 1 year this coming season.
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 07:14 PM

Seriously, F Elias if he doesn't sign here. More so than Niedermayer. This team made him who he is and gave him two championships (and will give him more if he stays). I'm so sick of guys walking out the door on us only to languish in mediocrity.
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 07:25 PM

Yea but Nieder isn't languishing in Mediocrity. They made it to the WCF.
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 08:39 PM

And that mediocrity is a lot easier to take when you are sitting on a huge pile of money.

People on this board think Elias would say here for, say, 5.5 when he could go to friggin Florida (sorry, I thought that would be the team with the least talent in the NHL right now) for 8. That's 2.5M x, say, 4 years... 10 million dollars he loses. For 10M people on this board would become Ranger fans. Speak all you want about loyalty and this franchise, it is very easy for people on this board to put that ahead of a huge sum of money. The money is certainly less important when its someone else giving it away.
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 09:01 PM

He means guys like Guerin, Johnny Mac, Holik, etc.
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