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Triumph

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In Topic: 2014-15 Prospect Thread

Yesterday, 06:34 PM

Had hopes for him but point every other game as a forward in the ECHL at age 21 - not going to work out.  I imagine he'll do okay in the Austrian or German league, or maybe he'll catch on in the ECHL with another team.

 

Anthony Brodeur will obviously end up back here, but just not on an NHL contract.  I don't think he's going to be a successful professional hockey player, at any level, really.

In Topic: 2014-15 Prospect Thread

Yesterday, 04:34 PM

Albany please

 

He's 19, he doesn't need to go to Albany.  Let him go to junior and do well there, then come to Albany the year after.

In Topic: Confirmed: Sergey Kalinin to devils.

Yesterday, 01:12 PM

Very good.  The Devils' bottom 6 (I hate the idea of top 6 and bottom 6, but for the sake of this post let's pretend they exist) looks fine on paper, but Gionta can't be counted on past this year, neither can Tootoo, Zubrus and Ruutu's contracts end after this (and I can't imagine re-signing either of them), and Josefson's got the year where he finally has to do well or leave.  They really need help there too in the future, even if Matteau and Coleman pan out, that's still only 2 guys. Maybe Kalinin can be a guy who helps.

In Topic: Realistic Coaching Options thread

Yesterday, 10:44 AM

Looks/sounds like we're going to bring in a fresh new face (a guy with limited NHL experience) to rebuild the franchise.

 

Which I'm okay with, I guess.. because it worked out so well the last time we tried that, right?

 

Having another John MacLean season would be pretty great for the Devils considering the position they are in.  Although in fairness they basically had a John MacLean half-season once Lou took over coaching and Schneider saved the team.

In Topic: Is it time to trade Cory Schenider?

Yesterday, 10:34 AM

I'm not really in the trade Schneider camp, but it's increasingly likely that whenever the Devils are ready to compete, Schneider will be past his prime (and possibly in rapid decline, or close to it). The timeline for when this team gets good again and Schneider's prime just doesn't mesh, unless an amazing retool happens (which I can't see happening even in my wildest dreams, because the assets aren't there). The Devils basically need homeruns everywhere in this draft + shrewd signings + a heist of a trade.

 

That's why I'm not against the discussion on trading Schneider. Amazing goalie? Yep. Worth his contract? Yep. But what's that worth if he, in fact, makes the rebuild more difficult (because he's that frickin' good) and the assets you bring back could accelerate the rebuild? It's unlikely that the Devils' next goalie will be as good as Schneider, but then again there're more able goalies than there are teams these days.

 

Right - the idea that the Devils can't get full value on Schneider is correct.  But would you trade Schneider to move from 9 to 2 in next year's draft?  Probably, and that's effectively what that would do.  The issue is that when you do trade Schneider, you do have to be that much better.  To be a playoff team, this team with Schneider needs a 1st line forward and likely a few 2nd line forwards - not impossible to do. Without him you've really got to get multiple 1st line forwards and 2nd line forwards.