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#21 xxchaznjxx

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 08:50 AM

pando will be sitting. sutter likes having the heavyweight in the lineup. and pando has been invisible this season. someone mentioned in the game day thread that parise took a couple of pando's shifts. i think that's a sign of what's to come.

and in my opinion, pando hasn't been a shut down guy for over a season now. he's expendable.

i have to laugh at people who think gio might be benched.
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 08:55 AM

Rupp or Clarkson IMO. TI think both will be taking turns in and out of the line up depending on the team the Devils are playing when Shanahan is inserted into the line up.



Thats ridiculous. What are you BLind? Rupp AND Clarkson, Hit, go to the net and score goals. Rupp also sticks up for players like parise. Rupp also said in the papers NO ONE will push around our stars...... Why would you sit a guy like that?


Instead you want to play pandolfo satansdevils, who has been horrible on the PK, does NOT hit, does not go to the net, only has 4 goals. and 9 points.... We shouldve resigned brylin and not pandolfo... at least brylin wouldve scored more goals..... Pandolfo doesnt play against the top linies anymore. He is useless.... His time has passed in the NHL with the Devils.

I cant believe how blind satansdevils is on here and he cant see this....... Then again, He also said the titans were the best team in the NFL.... He also picked the Panthers to win the NFC championship, and he also said the Mets would regain first place and make the playoffs.... LOL
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 09:03 AM

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Just need to add. I have always been a fan of Pandolfo. His Defensive responibilities and play over the years have been great. He has always been a great NJ Devil, but now his time has passed.... Kind of like Brylin..... Brylin was loyal, worked his ass off every night, played every posisition and played pretty well at many times during his NHL career..... but time to move on as we did with Brylin.... Pandolfo sorry but you are the weakest link this time around....


you cant teach size. Which is why we need Rupp and Clarkson. At first I wanted Rupp out of the lineup but after further review his efforts and size and attitude are what this team needs.... standing up for Parise the other night earned many points with the coaching staff and some of the fans..... to come out to the media and say NO ONE will go after our stars like that shows alot of team heart and sacerfice, dedication....
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 09:12 AM

The Ruppster should stay, Pando or Madden should be the ones on the bubble if someone needs to go. It seems those 2 just need a change in scenery, as does the Devs with regards to them. They served their purpose for many successful years, but it feels like it's time to move on.
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 09:38 AM

im going with madden or rupp
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 11:10 AM

Rupp or maybe Pando
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 11:43 AM

It has to be Pandolfo that sits, just look at how his TOI stat has dwindled. If you take away PK time he is not out there for much of the game at all. When the Devils realized they needed to get away from a "checking" line mentality against better teams, Pandolfo was left with no real role on the team. I would be very surprised if Pandolfo stays in the lineup once Shanny gets here.

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 12:39 PM

i don't think it's going to matter. shanahan can kill penalties too, and it's not like penalty killing is some incredibly valuable skill. please don't try to claim it's the goaltender - the devils' PK wasn't very good last year either.


Pandolfo was injured a good portion of last year and yes, your goaltender is your best PK'er. It is a skill, there is a reason why Pandolfo and Madden have been the first unit for years. There is only so much they can do up high when you have slugs on the back end who can't releave pressure, block shots and dump the puck. There is a reason our PK was so good with Stevens and Danyeko blocking shots.
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 12:41 PM

Pandolfo was injured a good portion of last year and yes, your goaltender is your best PK'er. It is a skill, there is a reason why Pandolfo and Madden have been the first unit for years. There is only so much they can do up high when you have slugs on the back end who can't releave pressure, block shots and dump the puck. There is a reason our PK was so good with Stevens and Danyeko blocking shots.



don't discount the change in rules. back then, you could beat down anyone that stood in front of the net and hold guys on the wall - you can't do that now.

that being said, the madden/pando PK was not good because they NEVER applied any pressure on the PK. the passive box just doesn't work.
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 12:51 PM

If people can't see that Pando is diminishing not only in his play, but in his favor with Sutter, your crazy.

Someone said it best, Pando is know for his coverage of Jagr and Jagr is now in Russia. I hope the Kremlin has another bed handy because they may be taking in our boy from Boston.
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 01:30 PM

I think Boston would love to have Pandolfo since he had maybe his best season under Julien along with their currrent injuries.
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 01:33 PM

I think Boston would love to have Pandolfo since he had maybe his best season under Julien along with their currrent injuries.


if for nothing else other than escaping his cap hit of $2.5MM for a true 4th liner, i would deal him for a 4th round pick right now.

i just don't see anyone interested in his contract right now. perhaps a team needing to reach the floor would take him under the guise of "defense and leadership".
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 01:35 PM

I think Boston would love to have Pandolfo since he had maybe his best season under Julien along with their currrent injuries.


why do we have to find another home for our 13th forward, especially when we've got 4 UFAs at forward and little with which to replace them.

i don't think boston is stupid enough to take on that contract.
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 01:42 PM

I hope Sutter doesn't take out Rupp or Clarkson. It should be Pando right now. Rupp and Clarkson will do anything Sutter tells them to.
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 02:25 PM

why do we have to find another home for our 13th forward, especially when we've got 4 UFAs at forward and little with which to replace them.

i don't think boston is stupid enough to take on that contract.


Not stupid but desperate, Pandolfo is not staying as a 13th forward...either he plays or Lou will try to move him to a destination he agrees on. I can give you 2.5 million reasons for that.
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 03:50 PM

Rupp's played too well to be traded or benched. He gives the team so much for his salary and has zero trade value.

If he gets benched for Shanahan then Lou just made the team worse.
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 03:52 PM

You know Pando wouldn't be traded within conference, especially to a team with a better record even if Pando is a Boston-native.


Out West you go like Johnny Mac, Chris Terreri, Brendan Morrison, Mike Rupp, Petr Sykora, etc!
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 03:53 PM

Its gota be Parise

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 03:57 PM

Not stupid but desperate, Pandolfo is not staying as a 13th forward...either he plays or Lou will try to move him to a destination he agrees on. I can give you 2.5 million reasons for that.


huh? pandolfo has 2 years left on his deal, the devils have several forwards capable of walking next year. even if pandolfo is squeezed out of the rotation entirely, he's worth keeping around because he can still fill in on the bottom two lines, whereas vrana and bergfors really cannot. when has lou ever gutted his depth at the deadline? this is a guy who's traded for an 8th defenseman multiple times - a guy who traded for peter zezel at the deadline, barely played him, then buried him in the minors the next season as pure depth.

plus why would boston want pandolfo? they have krejci and kessel as RFAs next year, plus both their goalies are free agents. they're going to have to shell out at least 10 million for a goalie, krejci, and kessel next off-season. plus, they already have a very similar player in PJ Axelsson who will likely sign for less money and be better.

it's going to be a competition between rupp and pandolfo, and the fact that shanahan has already been mentioned as part of the penalty kill suggests that pandolfo's role is extraneous - shanahan is more versatile, can score more, and can play on the power play.

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 04:30 PM

Trade Gionta for a pick or d-man while his stock is slightly up, then we don't have to worry about sitting anyone. Have Shanahan play with people who can pass since (i hope) he knows how to put the puck in the net.

Otherwise, I think Clarkson will be benched.
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