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#1 MantaRay

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 09:50 AM

July 15, 2007 -- THIS was at practice during the latter stages of last season, after the championship core of Devils had become skeptical that Claude Julien possessed either the inner core of toughness or independence from Mayor-Judge-Town Sheriff-Inn Keeper Lou Lamoriello to lead the team to a Stanley Cup.
With Lamoriello attending to administrative duties and therefore absent from his usual perch at the rink, one of the veterans intentionally shot a puck at Julien during a drill to test how the coach would respond. The story goes that when Julien refused to confront the athlete or even acknowledge the overt act of disrespect, the players concluded that the head coach would have to go, and essentially fired him.
Rest assured. No player will dare shoot a puck at Brent Sutter.

The Devils always have been a unique group, as demanding of their coaches as their coaches have been of them, and in some cases, even more so. They push the margins, and if their coaches don't push back, they find the way to inform Lamoriello that a change is needed. Even as this championship core covets independence, even as it shrinks, it requires discipline.
It is about tough love in New Jersey, and has been since Jacques Lemaire walked down the waters of the St. Lawrence Seaway to establish New Jersey as the epicenter of NHL Eastern Conference power 14 summers ago. The franchise is about honor and work ethic and pride, the same way that honor, work ethic and pride define the Sutters.

Sutter was born to be a Devil, this most talented of the six brothers who snarled and battled their way through the NHL in the '70s, '80s and '90s, this center who could make plays for Mike Bossy, this two-time Cup-winning Islander, this disciple of the great Al Arbour who wins championships wherever he goes.
The Devils may have lost Scott Gomez and Brian Rafalski to free agency this month. But the addition of Brent Sutter - tough, independent and resource- ful - leaves the franchise ahead for the summer.
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If Roman Hamrlik was able to get three years at $5.5 million from Montreal this summer and Rafalski was able to get $30 million over five years from the Red Wings, then first-pair defenseman Michal Rozsival will command at least $6 million per on a long-term deal as an impending unrestricted free agent next summer, and the Rangers know it.
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 09:54 AM

Sutter >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Julien.
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 09:58 AM

July 15, 2007 -- THIS was at practice during the latter stages of last season, after the championship core of Devils had become skeptical that Claude Julien possessed either the inner core of toughness or independence from Mayor-Judge-Town Sheriff-Inn Keeper Lou Lamoriello to lead the team to a Stanley Cup.
With Lamoriello attending to administrative duties and therefore absent from his usual perch at the rink, one of the veterans intentionally shot a puck at Julien during a drill to test how the coach would respond. The story goes that when Julien refused to confront the athlete or even acknowledge the overt act of disrespect, the players concluded that the head coach would have to go, and essentially fired him.
Rest assured. No player will dare shoot a puck at Brent Sutter.

The Devils always have been a unique group, as demanding of their coaches as their coaches have been of them, and in some cases, even more so. They push the margins, and if their coaches don't push back, they find the way to inform Lamoriello that a change is needed. Even as this championship core covets independence, even as it shrinks, it requires discipline.
It is about tough love in New Jersey, and has been since Jacques Lemaire walked down the waters of the St. Lawrence Seaway to establish New Jersey as the epicenter of NHL Eastern Conference power 14 summers ago. The franchise is about honor and work ethic and pride, the same way that honor, work ethic and pride define the Sutters.

Sutter was born to be a Devil, this most talented of the six brothers who snarled and battled their way through the NHL in the '70s, '80s and '90s, this center who could make plays for Mike Bossy, this two-time Cup-winning Islander, this disciple of the great Al Arbour who wins championships wherever he goes.
The Devils may have lost Scott Gomez and Brian Rafalski to free agency this month. But the addition of Brent Sutter - tough, independent and resource- ful - leaves the franchise ahead for the summer.
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This gem is for Tri:

If Roman Hamrlik was able to get three years at $5.5 million from Montreal this summer and Rafalski was able to get $30 million over five years from the Red Wings, then first-pair defenseman Michal Rozsival will command at least $6 million per on a long-term deal as an impending unrestricted free agent next summer, and the Rangers know it.


The Devils still have work to do. The have the makings of a good blue collar team. Still, in order to win games you have to score goals. The PP is going to me more important this year than ever. They have to address it. They haven't replaced Gomer or Rafalski and this is the area they need replacing the most.

Edited by capo, 15 July 2007 - 09:59 AM.

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 10:00 AM

the 'veterans' story sounds apocryphal - whatever.

roszival will not get 6 million dollars a year. he'll get 4, maybe.
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#5 MantaRay

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 10:06 AM

The Devils still have work to do. The have the makings of a good blue collar team. Still, in order to win games you have to score goals. The PP is going to me more important this year than ever. They have to address it. They haven't replaced Gomer or Rafalski and this is the area they need replacing the most.


You can't replace a Gomer and Rafalski, but our PP will be very good regardless and should not be much of concern.
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 10:28 AM

You can't replace a Gomer and Rafalski, but our PP will be very good regardless and should not be much of concern.


manta, you gotta give me some of what you're smoking these days.
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 10:31 AM

manta, you gotta give me some of what you're smoking these days.


I believe they are from Cuba. Celebratory in nature.
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 10:38 AM

yea our power play is pretty much guaranteed to be bottom third of the league

but our even strength scoring should go up over last year IMO.
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 11:04 AM

yea our power play is pretty much guaranteed to be bottom third of the league

but our even strength scoring should go up over last year IMO.


I think we will be better than last year in the PP (I think we were 15th with Gomer & Rafi last year) and I agree our regular Strength scoring will be better as well.
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 11:09 AM

I believe they are from Cuba. Celebratory in nature.


Cubans are over rated.
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 11:35 AM

Michael Roszvial 6millions?????? :rofl:

4.5millions maximum come on..
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 12:44 PM

if this vet story is true, the only guy that i could see doing that is madden. just my .02.
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 12:48 PM

if this vet story is true, the only guy that i could see doing that is madden. just my .02.


I could definitely see Gomez doing it...
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 01:10 PM

if this vet story is true, the only guy that i could see doing that is madden. just my .02.


langenbrunner too, but yeah madden was the guy i thought of

both of them are already good at missing w/ slapshots, sooo.
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 01:22 PM

who shoots a puck at a coach... wtf?
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 01:41 PM

If our PP is to be better than last year. I wonder who is going to be able to skate the puck across the blue line when the opposing team is refusing entry into our zone.

Because as I recall other than dump and chase there was only one guy who could do that the past few years. Granted with the added size up front with Zubrus the dump and chase should have a bit more success in fighting to gain control of the puck.

However, As it stands other than Oduya last season who shown brief glimpses. The Devils do not have anyone who can skate with the puck into traffic with confidence.
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 01:43 PM

If everyone is on top of their game, Oduya and Martin can do it. Maybe even Greene. First unit Gionta and Elias are fast. Second unit Parise is fast. I think Zubrus was a great addition because this team still has a lot of speed and now more size.

I think Greene can put up big numbers too...
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 01:45 PM

if this vet story is true, the only guy that i could see doing that is madden. just my .02.

I agree. That's the only one I could see doing that as well. Elias doesn't have the balls, neither does Brylin. I guess the only other one I could see doing it is Brodeur.
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 02:00 PM

its hard to belive that this is true even if a team did not like there coach who takes a slapshot at him
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 02:05 PM

if this vet story is true, the only guy that i could see doing that is madden. just my .02.



It's not really a secret around the game that it was indeed Madden.
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