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Triumph

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In Topic: sharks and devils discussing major trade?

Yesterday, 11:46 PM

Story might be true or not, but it might as well be true. Players that have been scratched are not going to love the coach. I ran into Mark Fraser years ago and he thought the same thing. He wanted out and couldn't believe another player passed him on the depth chart.(it was Fayne). His agent was desperately trying to get Lou to move him, and Lou was basically ignoring the agent for a few months. It wouldn't shock me if that was the case with Larsson and his agent.

 

Unless there are injuries, there is going to be one happy defenseman all year in NJ (Gelinas or Larsson). All the talk will be that Salvador needs to get scratched. It just won't happen. Lou isn't going to be intimidated by any agent here or threats to bolt.

 

Josefson...I kind of feel bad for, except he had a really meh camp. He didn't show Deboer anything really that would get Pete to even think about putting him in a game.

 

'Unless there are injuries' - of course there will be injuries.  And honestly, as bad as Salvador has been, I'm not sure that Gelinas hasn't been worse 5 on 5.  

In Topic: 2014-2015 Lineup Thread

Yesterday, 11:22 PM

Stop citing his record.  Stop.  Stop.  Stop.  Then I will agree with everything you are saying.  Stop citing his record.

In Topic: 2014-2015 Lineup Thread

Yesterday, 10:37 PM

Sal was also playing ahead of Fayne for a certain stretch. The point is that if Sal didn't have the "C" they wouldn't perceive him as any better than Volchenkov, and probably worse.


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No, that isn't true at all.  Salvador got more ice time than Volchenkov before he got the C.  They used Volchenkov in a more limited role but I'm not sure he would be better than Salvador if he had to go out there for 20 minutes a night.  That's an effect we don't really have a handle on.

 

They also used Salvador in a much bigger PK role than Fayne ever got, so that's why he would dress over Fayne.

 

Also I'm not going to address the Marty stuff except to say that if you don't get it re: wins the first 20 times I wrote about it, you never ever will.

In Topic: 2014-2015 Lineup Thread

Yesterday, 07:46 PM

Fair enough, although I'll just say that the numbers are so out of whack, that it's not nothing. I also don't see a huge anomaly like someone that we know is good like Andy Greene having close to the same horrendousness.

And yeah, right now I wouldn't rake PDB for not sitting him or Lou for giving Sal the "C" over the coals with this sample size. And, I'm not the Larsson uber alles type. But, you have an untouchable player who could prove to be really, really bad as more and more games are played. If that player's name was Mark Fayne, Anton Volchenkov, or perhaps even Marek Zidlicky, Larsson or anyone else for that matter would be playing instead of him.

At least with Marty, he actually did earn the benefit of the doubt for his entire body of work, and he got lucky enough that his playing time wasn't an enormous calamity in the short term or long term. All Salvador has to have "earned" his status, is a letter on his jersey and a surprisingly effective playoff performance two years ago. I suppose I get it, it doesn't mean I have to like it though.


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No he didn't - the Devils gave Hedberg an insane 2 year deal after 2012, so as to provide Brodeur with absolutely zero competition.  So yes, when Hedberg and the offense sunk the Devils' season in 2013, you can say oh Brodeur wasn't the problem, he was just terrible instead of being season-ruiningly bad.  And of course you consider to pretend that the Devils weren't hurt by playing Brodeur an insane number of games last year.  

 

If Salvador continues to play this poor they will notice.  It won't happen in 10 games, but it will happen by the All-Star Break.  The Devils cut Ken Daneyko's time severely by the end, they sent McGillis and Malakhov packing, they demoted Matvichuk, they bought out Colin White, and they bought out Volchenkov.  I don't believe that they've lost the ability to evaluate defense - they are just wishcasting at this point that Salvador will provide them with what they need.  I think ultimately what they will want is for Salvador to be a 16-18 minute a game guy.

In Topic: 2014-2015 Lineup Thread

Yesterday, 05:57 PM

Sorry Daniel but that tweet is garbage - the guy is using all situation stats, because war-on-ice inexplicably defaults to all situations.  Here are the real numbers:  http://war-on-ice.co...&splitseasons=0 - which is of course not great but is not the dire situation that that guy made it out to be.

 

The samples are so small at the beginning of the season and the 4th line has taken 6 penalties - I bet some of their territorial issues are related to the fact that 6 times already when they touch the puck their shift ends.  I'm not prepared to make conclusions about anyone until 20 games have gone by, though I do think both Gelinas and Salvador are struggling mightily.