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#41 MantaRay

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 05:59 PM

It's all Kovalchuks fault! I'll get the cross you get the nails.


It's more Lou's fault for not talking VBK out of the acquisition.
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 06:00 PM

Marquis star?? What was Parise?


Well for one thing, heading into negotiations with Parise with him holding over your head that he is the be all and end all of your team's marketing doesn't seem too terribly fiscally sound especially given the fact that we'd been losing our marquis players left and right for five years at that point.
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 06:05 PM

yawn. mantaray used to at least say different stupid stuff and that would be entertaining. the one note dumb stuff is not.

also it's 'marquee'.

Edited by Triumph, 11 January 2011 - 06:08 PM.

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 06:35 PM

yawn. mantaray used to at least say different stupid stuff and that would be entertaining. the one note dumb stuff is not.

also it's 'marquee'.



Yawn. Triumph don't you dishes to do or something?
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 06:41 PM

One of the things I admire most about LL is that we don't go through the "Boom & Bust cycle". We were better than that.


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This one was coming.... it finally hit

the Red Wings avoided it by getting some serious hall of fame gems in the late rounds of a few drafts... you name me anotherr franchise in SPORTS that doesn't bottom out (and the Red Wings will bottom out too.... one day :P )
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 06:50 PM

Bullsh!t
NO TEAM is "above" bottoming out
This one was coming.... it finally hit

the Red Wings avoided it by getting some serious hall of fame gems in the late rounds of a few drafts... you name me anotherr franchise in SPORTS that doesn't bottom out (and the Red Wings will bottom out too.... one day :P )


The Yankees are pretty much above bottoming out.. The thing is, they can afford to buy better teams because there is no hard cap and they don't mind the luxury tax.. This is why I like the cap, because it evens things out.. Otherwise, the Leafs would be the NHL Yankees
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 07:26 PM

He has three game-winning goals (two in overtime) and a shootout clincher. That's the final word on four of this team's 11 wins.

I'd say he's a reason for a large chunk of the few wins we have.


He has 10 goals and he's got the worst plus-minus rating in the NHL. He's an embarrassment.
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 07:36 PM

He has 10 goals and he's got the worst plus-minus rating in the NHL. He's an embarrassment.


That 10 goals is tied for the team lead.
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 07:58 PM

He has 10 goals and he's got the worst plus-minus rating in the NHL. He's an embarrassment.


do we need to list off the other embarrassments? tallinder, greene, rolston, clarkson until last week, zubrus probably, and most of all brodeur? nah. it's kovalchuk.
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 09:06 PM

do we need to list off the other embarrassments? tallinder, greene, rolston, clarkson until last week, zubrus probably, and most of all brodeur? nah. it's kovalchuk.


There's an inclination by some to cut him a break because the whole team is terrible, but there is only one player who signed a $100 million deal (and took two months to do it), who the Devils have surrendered assets and picks to get in addition to the money. I hold him to a higher standard. It's fair. He cost a lot to get, and he's been such a disappointment. He's not even exciting. He's sometimes invisible.

Sorry, I'm not gonna pick on Brodeur similarly. He's built up a lot of equity here. Kovalchuk is the new stiff in town. He gets no slack.
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 09:19 PM

You see, it's all Kovalchuk's fault because.........well, it just is. :horse:
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 11:03 PM

There's an inclination by some to cut him a break because the whole team is terrible, but there is only one player who signed a $100 million deal (and took two months to do it), who the Devils have surrendered assets and picks to get in addition to the money. I hold him to a higher standard. It's fair. He cost a lot to get, and he's been such a disappointment. He's not even exciting. He's sometimes invisible.

Sorry, I'm not gonna pick on Brodeur similarly. He's built up a lot of equity here. Kovalchuk is the new stiff in town. He gets no slack.


actually, he took 2 weeks. the league took 2 months.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 01:31 AM

Fixed.

I think the point is, Manta, is that people get kind of tired by your lamenting about the same thing. I'm sure many on this forum have second guessed the wisdom of the Kovy deal but they don't retread over it. It seems like every post you have has to have a dig at the Kovalchuk signing. Bottom line, Manta, we signed Kovy, he's here whether you like it or not, now be a Devils fan and contribute to the discussion instead of b&tching about Kovy this and Kovy that.


Oh come now, you guys are just as bad as they are. To not even acknowledge the Kovy deal and its aftermath as 'one' of the causes of this season (not to mention his own hideous play) is just living in denial. You don't just go from having your best start in '09-10 to two points off your worst start in '10-11 without dramatic causes.

Besides, Manta offered publicly to cut it out and most of you said he had the right to free speech so you guys can't whine about it now.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 09:13 AM

actually, he took 2 weeks. the league took 2 months.


Yeah. He signed on July 19 or whatever. You're right. But the team went to a lot of trouble to get him, regardless. And he has repaid them by stinking up the joint in spectacular fashion. It would be bad enough if he was just mediocre.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 09:47 AM

That 10 goals is tied for the team lead.


Conversely:

Bergfors while playing 7 less games than Kovy has 9 goals, the same amount of points (23) and doing this for $5.7 Million less than Kovy this year.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:16 AM

Conversely:

Bergfors while playing 7 less games than Kovy has 9 goals, the same amount of points (23) and doing this for $5.7 Million less than Kovy this year.


Yes, but at this point Atlanta is overall doing much better than NJ. Bergfors is 7th in goals and 8th in points on their team. Our entire team has been in a state of disarray all season long. If you want to blame that entirely on Ilya, thats your prerogative, but as far as I can tell, no one else is really burning it up either.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:37 AM

Conversely:

Bergfors while playing 7 less games than Kovy has 9 goals, the same amount of points (23) and doing this for $5.7 Million less than Kovy this year.


Which is good for 7th on the Thrashers in goals. Kovalchuk's 10 goals account for about 13% of all Devils tallies this year. Bergfors' 7 goals account for 5% of Atlanta's.

It's all relative, my dear Watson.

Edit: Somehow had Bergfors' team ranking in goals wrong. Whoops! Fixed now.

Edited by DaneykoIsGod, 12 January 2011 - 10:39 AM.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:42 AM

Yes, but at this point Atlanta is overall doing much better than NJ.


Why is that? What is the common denominator between Atlanta's rise and New Jersey's fall?

Could it be that by dealing their albatross to New Jersey they freed up salary room and where able to stock their team with the quality depth and defense?
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:43 AM

Oh come now, you guys are just as bad as they are. To not even acknowledge the Kovy deal and its aftermath as 'one' of the causes of this season (not to mention his own hideous play) is just living in denial. You don't just go from having your best start in '09-10 to two points off your worst start in '10-11 without dramatic causes.

Besides, Manta offered publicly to cut it out and most of you said he had the right to free speech so you guys can't whine about it now.


I'm pretty sure we all would acknowledge that the Kovalchuk deal was a contributing factor. Manta typically mentions it as the only factor(or that's at least the appearance from his posts).

And I'm all for Manta expressing his "free speech." That doesn't mean we don't have the right to harp on it.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:47 AM

Why is that? What is the common denominator between Atlanta's rise and New Jersey's fall?


Jersey's fall began around Christmas last year, well before Kovalchuk arrived and Bergfors left. You know this.

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