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Triumph

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In Topic: Your Thoughts About: #6 Andy Greene

Today, 02:29 PM

If you ask me, last season was his best season.  I'm not worried about a decline yet even though he turns 33 in October.

In Topic: Your Thoughts About: #5 Adam Larsson

Today, 12:31 PM

Right lazy. A high touted Swedish defenseman drafted in the top 10 that didn't develop right away, yup lazy. Anyone comparing Larsson or any young defenseman for that matter to Lidstrom should be banned from watching hockey.

 

It's very lazy because Hedman's ice time increased in each of his first 3 years.  He was 2nd on his team in ice time his 3rd year.  He was also given very difficult ice time.  Now Tampa has reversed that, they're using Hedman in more offensive situations.

In Topic: Zubrus to be bought out.

Yesterday, 03:29 PM

Plenty of guys could've made this team better.  The only one left probably is Tlusty.  You didn't want them to make the 6th worst team in the league last year that lost its best forward better?  Good teams build their team with smart drafting, key free agents and timely trades.  You need all three to stay good.

 

 

Again, specifically said I didn't care for Zubrus and I didn't want AHL players.  In the very post you partly quoted I said the kind of thing I wanted Shero to do, none of which involving has-beens or never-wases.

 

 

I have Kalinin as a 3RW and O'Brien as the 4C with this team.  When they signed Kalinin, he talked about how, if he had to start in the AHL, he'd be ok with that, but I can't really see enough competition for him.  Honestly, even with the trade there won't be enough competition.  I only see 6-7 (generously) players that warrant top 9 minutes and they'll likely have to trade one of them to upgrade.  We just don't have enough quality or quantity NHL forwards.

 

We are the bottom for spending and we have Ruutu and Elias's 8 million or so off the books next year.  Next year, we're looking at needing to spend 10+ million just to get to the cap floor.  Is there going to be that many free agents that will warrant that spending spree?  Whether people admit it or not, this is a season Shero is tanking. One can say all the euphemisms (rebuild, letting the kids play, etc) one wants for it, it's still tanking.  I don't really think you can count on one hand the teams the Devils could be better than.  It's not just from poor drafting and Lou (obviously that is a big part of it), it's from sitting out an offseason with the only thing to show for it being a young forward that couldn't crack the top 6 on a good team.

 

You don't just spend money and voila, more wins appear.  You have to spend money on players.  You need spots on your team for those players to fill.  Right now that's just not really the case for the Devils - they are missing 2/3rds of a 1st line that they can't magically fill by signing players or trading for them.  They already have players for spots on the team, though, besides 1st/2nd line RW which I agree needs filling.

 

Travis Zajac is the 47th highest paid forward in the NHL right now.  The teams who don't have a higher paid forward:  Arizona, Calgary, Florida, Nashville, Toronto, Winnipeg

 

Andy Greene is the 37th highest paid defenseman in the league right now.  The teams who don't have a higher paid D:  Anaheim, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Vancouver (tied).

 

Cory Schneider is the 10th highest paid goalie in the league.

 

So every team in the league either has a higher paid forward than us or a higher paid D.  Half the league has a goalie making as much, more, or slightly less than what Schneider makes.  

 

Next off-season NJ can sign some free agents or, hopefully, use some of that space as a dumping ground for distressed contracts.

In Topic: Your Thoughts About: #5 Adam Larsson

Yesterday, 03:10 PM

Skating won't be an issue so long as he can anticipate the play.  He's shown that ability.  Biggest thing he managed last season was not being a recipient of a huge hit a night or thereabouts - opposing forwards were no longer teeing off on him.  I imagine this helped his body.  I had serious concerns about him being able to stand up to an NHL season if he was going to continue to take that abuse - there was just no way there weren't a lot of concussions in his future.

 

He's a good defenseman.  I still don't anticipate a huge increase in offense - I think he'll get PP time and that'll keep him where he was last year.

In Topic: Zubrus to be bought out.

31 July 2015 - 05:37 PM

I'd at least expect NHL players.  Not AHL and KHL players.  Again, I'm still waiting for the trade, which Shero has eluded to.  I'm hoping it's Ruutu and whatever for a RW that can at least handle offensive minutes.  I'll be happy with Shero if that's something he is looking at.  Looking at the team now, I'm penciling in O'Brien and Kalinin.  That is a tank job.

 

There's probably one more guy coming and then that's it.  They do not intend to use Kalinin or O'Brien in serious offensive minutes.  With Zubrus gone, there's 8 forwards from last year's team (Henrique, Elias, Zajac, Cammalleri, Ruutu, Tootoo, Gionta, Josefson), plus Palmieri.  That's 9, a new guy would make 10, Matteau makes 11, and then there's 2-3 spots up for grabs between 6 or 7 players, and none of those spots would be significant right away.