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In Topic: Albany Devils Thread - 2015-16 Edition

Today, 04:51 PM

I think they're going to miss Joe Whitney and Appelby will start in the ECHL if he gets signed.  Still, parts of the roster look stronger than last season, especially the center depth.

In Topic: Devils sign Lee Stempniak to one-year $850K deal

Yesterday, 11:49 PM

Stempniak's played well, but I don't expect a ton from this.  Basically they decided people like Thompson and Sislo weren't going to cut it, and they are probably right;


I'd wait to see how NJ plays 20 games into the season before dismissing them. I like how they play at 5 on 5 so far. They are pretty fast with potential excellent defense and elite goaltending. 


They play fine, but they just can't weather any injuries at all.  And I'm not convinced Josefson's real.

In Topic: GDT Devils at Flyers 9/30 7pm on MSG+

01 October 2015 - 10:56 AM

Eco:  FWIW Stempniak was signed for $900K last season and then the Rangers traded him mid-season for an AHLer.  I don't have any idea why that happened.


I also think Gionta makes the starting lineup - you say you wonder what he's done to earn a spot, well he was out on the ice protecting the one goal lead, and it's not like NJ iced a lineup of rookies.  I don't think Gionta's spot is set in stone at all as the season rolls along, but he tends to be a guy that coaches like.

In Topic: 2015 NHL Off-season Thread

01 October 2015 - 09:49 AM

Haha, yeah, when you look up stubbornness in the dictionary I'm not sure you find a picture of Lou - you probably find a picture of a guy who posts about the same sh!t day after day well after it's relevant

In Topic: GDT Devils at Flyers 9/30 7pm on MSG+

30 September 2015 - 10:51 PM

Devils actually got some breaks in this game but in general I liked a lot of what they were doing.  Goal #1 is something that we just didn't see much under DeBoer or the miserable troika - a defenseman stepping up in the neutral zone, carrying the puck forward, and making a great play to streaking forwards.


I'll talk about the guys on the fringe -


Schlemko played well - he obviously took that fluky high sticking penalty but I thought he showed a lot for a player who's missed most of the preseason.


Gelinas was pretty bad, but that's nothing new.  Pairing him with Helgeson doesn't help - both of them together were just lost with the puck.


Matteau was not good again.  He probably has a spot on the team but he took a horrific offensive zone penalty and did little else of note.


Boucher made a great pass to set up the Devils' best scoring chance that didn't go in (probably) - he still looks like he's slow out there, but he also got Henrique (?) in on a partial breakaway with a good pass.


Zacha looks like he might still be injured from when he took that shot off his foot.  He's not playing well and he'll probably be sent back to junior by the end of the week.


Kalinin made some nice plays and ended up with 3 shots on goal, including that scoring chance near the end.  It's hard to know what to make of him - Zubrus without the awareness?  But I love big-body European players who can skate - I feel Kalinin can take a shift in the NHL but I'm not sure how good those shifts will be.


EDIT:  Oh yeah, forgot about Stempniak, but I think he's already earned his contract.  He seems like he can still be an effective player.