At this time last year we were 22-7 what a difference a year makes.
That's my whole point - and I totally agree with Chimaira -- all this stuff was hidden in the recesses of pasting together a faux winning season. I do not enjoy watching a team that plays to finish number one in the standings - the same way I hate stats. I love HOCKEY. I want a team to play hockey or try, really work it and have fun - that's what's fun for me. I dont like coasting on finesse and I dont like grinding to the point of not playing. that is NOT the Devils system and all this New NHL talk leads me to believe people DO NOT understand what the system is. All this Lemaire is Old NHL and we need Kovy for New NHL... what is that? There is only hockey.
That is my other point Carpfor. People say "System" but all that is is the true game of hockey - for the Lou Lamoriello's Devils that's what the System is. It's not trickery or finesse or even winning at all costs. It's a respect for the game bred out of love for it a very basic clean game of hockey - All Stevens is is a nice tidy thinker. He's neat as a fvcking pin. he cannot TOLERATE clutter - it's upsetting to him on a level --- it's just confusing and the easiest course of action is to clean it all up -- done. OK now -- the team can play hockey, happy now? That was his strong suit to be perfectly honest. He was just lucky he had the talent to make it happen. The motivation I personally think was the total intolerance for mess. Just you can see how he notices everything and while nothing is honestly that big a deal everything irritates him at first take. He judges just instantaneously it seems. then he pulls back and takes fairness etc into account - but hockey is so fast it's kind of too late -he;s already cleaned up the place. ANYHOW... whatever... you dont need big hits, sniping shots -- you just need guys who MUST play hockey and get irritated when someone gets in the way pf that -- and I guess sometimes it's your own teammates and... well - you do something about that. it's selfish kind of and I guess it looks like leadership and it's hard to change your -- I dont know uncivil habits your personality issues when they work to your advantage. ANYHOW...
No one has that OCD kind of thing and I dont think you can look for just that... so... whatever
Sometimes you can't see that in daily play -that people are just playing good clean hockey - in stats, in locker room antics, and sometimes you CAN. The things people hold up here - like win/loss, score sheets, hits, SOGs - even pics snapped in limos -- these are hints. And sometimes the System of Personality can get you a Cup - it sucks but it works too.
Manta and I agree that when your team hires a sniper, you think that's not the System. but Manta can't get beyond the finesse and see Kovalchuk is a lover of hockey. He can hold up lots of reasons he "knows" Kovalchuk loves money only. but that doesn't fly with me. He wouldn't choke like this is it was about the money. this is not a player refusing to show up it's a guy who is lost. who SHOULD be because he's not sure of what clean simple hockey is -- it's not easy to see especially when people rely on you to only provide finesse. I really like Kovalchuk. He's a true lover of hockey and people need to accept that fact. He needs to remember that fact.... but that's neither here nor there at this point. With the minimal coaching (which I see the point on Chim) Kovalchuk is just lost -- he didn't come here for that -- and NO he didn't come for the money. if he did it woudl be situation normal and he'd be scoring mid-high levels and being all Mogilny.
yeah well so... soo... yeah.