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In Topic: Realistic Coaching Options thread

26 May 2015 - 03:02 PM

It wasn't a nightmare when we were winning Cups and regular season accolades. I would LOVE to "ruin hockey" again if it means we start winning again haha


Yeah plus let's be honest, this team really can't win with an up-tempo style right now, they don't have the talent.


Of course some people would rather just lose every game for the next five years, as if rebuilding was as easy as compiling a bunch of top five picks, or that five years lasted as long in real life as it does in NHL15.

In Topic: The Rangers will win the 2015 Stanley Cup. It's a foregone conclus

24 May 2015 - 10:04 PM

If you want a good laugh run over to HF now...you'll get gems like this:


The refs really stuck it to us by awarding us 3 power plays that sucked the life out of the team and the arena.


(yes the above was sarcasm, but still funny as hell)

In Topic: 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

21 May 2015 - 01:12 AM

Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 5+ goals on 6 occasions this season. 4 of those have come against @TBLightning.

In Topic: What if Parise and Kovalchuk Were Still Devils

15 May 2015 - 03:57 PM

We’ll start at the draft where the Devils no longer have the 9th pick, but rather a pick in the 14-17 range. With a pick outside the top 10, the Devils simply do not have enough for the Canucks to pass on a division rivals offer from Edmonton for a 7th overall pick and prospect for Schneider.


Oh so that's the rationale...well maybe you say byebye to another pick or maybe one of the kid defensemen instead.  It's not they couldn't or wouldn't have traded for Cory, it's they would have needed something else to do the deal.  Unless perhaps Horvat or someone the Nucks wanted was still sitting where we would have picked.

In Topic: What if Parise and Kovalchuk Were Still Devils

15 May 2015 - 03:52 PM

I mean, whatever alternate universe theories you want to pile on, these two things are indisputable:


A:  Parise and Kovalchuk would be on the decline

B:  The Devils would almost certainly not have Cory Schneider


Throw in this one as pretty darn likely:


C:  The Devils still wouldn't have a center under the age of 35 who is any good to play with either guy


I do think once you start playing alternate universe, the Devils' record with Brodeur, which was probably in the 95th percentile of luck (if not 99th), is significantly worse and whoever the backup is gets more starts than you've outlined here.  But yeah, what's clear is that the Devils would have 2 big declining contracts, and a patchwork behind those to try to get to the playoffs - i.e. they're several years behind where the Devils are in their rebuild now (which isn't far along at all)


Zajac played like a legit top six center every time he had Parise on the wing so C would have been solved.  Kovalchuk with Gomez short-term might have worked nicely though you'd need someone like a Bernier to add muscle on that line.


I don't see how Cory's arrival had anything to do with not having Parisechuk.  If anything we probably don't have Cammalleri/Jagr with those two still on the roster.  Maybe Ryder too.  What the roster may or may not have looked like is conjecture but one thing that's for sure, we haven't made the playoffs without a healthy Parise since before the lockout.