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#1069687 The Kovy Conundrum

Posted by Triumph on 04 December 2011 - 10:33 AM

-Kovalchuk has tremendous talent to take the puck and make a move, but he does NOT bring anyone to the next level with him.

Go back and watch tonight's game and try to tell me that. Kovalchuk's passing in the offensive zone has been outstanding lately.

Kovalchuk is a defensive liability. He might score 35-40 goals, but if you are a -25 than you were out there for a goal. Sure you can come up with excuses all you want, but the other night was no isolated incident. I'd rather have a player put up less goals and have a better plus/minus. Anyone can score lots of goals and play for a team who doesn't win (HINT -See Atlanta when he was there).

Kovalchuk is a poor defensive player, but he shouldn't be -11.

The debate about him playing Left Wing or Right Wing is silly. He should be able to play both. Sure he might be better on one than the other, but we really haven't seen such dramatic changes that it should effect his play. Sure he is coming down his off side, but so what. Shanahan made it happen. Sykora does it. It seems like an excuse. The powerplay garbage about him not being good on the point is also garbage. For years Sykora played that point and didn't have NEARLY the same mistakes happen to himn. Why than is Kovalchuk having these issues? Isn't Kovy a better player? Don't even begin to say Sykora was a better defensively or who was his defensive partner (Ah... Brian Rafalski)? Please stop the excuses.

Sykora did not play the point during those years, Jason Arnott did.

Kovalchuk cannot hangle pressure. I've stated before he cannot handle being number 3 in the shootout. Being the number one shooter has zero stress, because NO MATTER what happens someone on your team will ALWAYS get a chance next. Kovalchuk cannot handle the stress of being the numnber 3 guy. Why does this matter? If he cannot handle that stress, he cannot handle the playoffs. He has already demonstrated both.

Yawn. Like Marv said, he has a billion overtime goals and will probably retire with the NHL record.

The Devils have always been about team. Kovalchuk is about himself. Sure he'll pass, but he is more interested in controlling that puck. It is his game and he seems to be just as excited stick handling through five guys than he is when he scores. This does not help the team and Ilya won't be changing his gamne so close to thirty years of age.

Remember against the Flyers in the playoffs when he stick handled through the team and then didn't score? He looked really happy after missing the net there, I can remember it well. He was laughing and joking with a Russian teammate on the bench afterwards.
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#1069620 The Kovy Conundrum

Posted by Triumph on 03 December 2011 - 10:21 PM

lol whatever. Tonight was certainly progress but I doubt a mere secondary assist is what the Devils were hoping for considering all the chances Kovy got. He was all over the ice I'll grant you, one of his better efforts but it's kinda sad that people think that's enough for what we gave up and paid for him.

If he plays like this every night, you'll see 2 and 3 point games on the regular. The idea that this 'isn't enough' is ridiculous - he set up a ton of scoring chances tonight.
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#1069603 The Kovy Conundrum

Posted by Triumph on 03 December 2011 - 09:59 PM

Kovalchuk may be piling up the minuses, but I think he's playing some of his best hockey as a Devil right now. The guy I saw tonight is the guy that the Devils paid all that money for.
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#1067558 GDT: Islanders @ NJ Devils 1PM 11/26/11

Posted by Triumph on 26 November 2011 - 08:27 PM

wow did i just read in this thread that someone thinks NJ has the best goaltending tandem in the league and has a bottom third offense and defense? yeah, sure. and parise and kovalchuk will both keep shooting at 7.5%, that's bound to continue

the booing of kovalchuk was because some dolts clearly got tickets who moved to north carolina or california or some crap and got upset that their one devils game of the year was ruined
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#1067557 GDT: Islanders @ NJ Devils 1PM 11/26/11

Posted by Triumph on 26 November 2011 - 08:23 PM

there was a hilarious moment where no-vision henrique shot instead of passed to an open kovalchuk and kovalchuk couldn't believe it

henrique is going to make a heck of a winger
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#1067555 GDT: Islanders @ NJ Devils 1PM 11/26/11

Posted by Triumph on 26 November 2011 - 08:14 PM

you people do realize that kovalchuk's line scored both goals today, right? right. and that he was pretty much flying all game and made at least 3 great passes and had several scoring chances, right? and that the war room screwed new jersey again, right? right.
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#1065232 Zharkov back to Albany

Posted by Triumph on 17 November 2011 - 05:51 PM

If Zharkov maintains a career in the NHL, which I unfortunately doubt he will, he will be mostly a 4th line player. It's a shame that the Devils had to sign both Boulton and Janssen.
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#1064565 GDT: New Jersey @ Boston

Posted by Triumph on 16 November 2011 - 12:55 AM

You make valid points, Devil.

I don't expect the Washington Capitals, but I do expect a better record than 8-7-1 which translates to 17 points which puts us in a bad spot. The chances of us having a win streak like last season is very slim.
I do expect a little but of chemistry, but we've only got the Elias line doing that. Once Kovy, Josefson and Zajac come back that's bound to offset whatever little chemistry the team has developed which puts us back in square one.

You do realize how silly this all sounds, right? I'm 90% sure you do, but in case you don't: If NJ had won tonight - something that was entirely possible, in spite of how poorly they played in the 3rd period - they would have been 9-6-1. Which is 19 points in 16 games or a 97 point pace.

The Devils won't need a win streak like last year's to get them in the playoffs as long as they get decent goaltending.
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#1064518 GDT: New Jersey @ Boston

Posted by Triumph on 15 November 2011 - 11:07 PM

yeah there's still 12 games left against the rangers and islanders. that in itself is a big thing to look forward to over the rest of the season.
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#1058707 Will we get a veteran center? If so, who?

Posted by Triumph on 23 October 2011 - 07:30 PM

it's a quinn01 thread, apparently he doesn't realize that lou was quoted saying exactly what he always says.
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#1058356 GDT: San Jose Sharks @ New Jersey Devils 7PM MSG+ 10/21/2011

Posted by Triumph on 22 October 2011 - 09:53 AM

What do the two games where the Devils got outplayed have in common? A huge gap between games. The others, NJ was the better team, clearly. This team is barely lucky to be 3-1-1.
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#990497 DEVILS SUPPORTERS SECTION - August 16th - come name the section and p

Posted by Triumph on 13 February 2011 - 02:26 PM

Ah, now you find the time to respond to me. Too bad you didn't have the common courtesy to return emails or reply (even when called out) in Marketplace when i sent you pics of an item and you dissapeared. Pick your battles a little better.

do you have a personal issue with everyone on this board? take it somewhere else. are the supporters a little full of themselves? sure they are. still, it's been a huge positive for the team and season where there hasn't been much. but we upset the forum dad so he's going to set us all straight.
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#990195 A Thread In Praise of Mark Fayne

Posted by Triumph on 12 February 2011 - 01:00 PM

I wasn't in support of signing Mark Fayne in the off-season - I figured he'd be another Nathan Perkovich, a player who hadn't been impressive at the college level who would just jam up the works here. In my eyes, he's gone from useless organizational depth at the beginning of the year to a legitimate bottom pairing NHL defenseman.

In his first game, the thing that impressed me most was his speed. He's got NHL speed - he skates well. For defensemen who don't have that, it's an uphill battle - they have to develop the other things a defenseman needs pretty quickly.

Sure his three goals are all a bit fluky, but what about his assists? I can remember 3 of them already - a great keep in that Elias eventually put home against the Flyers, a pass-shot that Zubrus tipped in against the Leafs, and an excellent cross-ice pass to Rod Pelley that he put home.

In his 31 games, he has only 5 minor penalties. That's not excellent, but it's very good, especially for a rookie just learning the NHL game.

I'll spare you the advanced stats breakdown, just be aware that none of them indicate that his play is somehow a mirage. To me, he's done with the minor leagues, and I think he should be penciled in on the Devils' back pairing next season. It just goes to show that stats aren't everything, especially when it comes to defensemen playing inferior competition in college.
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#979774 Patty = All star representative

Posted by Triumph on 12 January 2011 - 09:15 AM

Its a sad state of affairs when a marquis player making $6M of cap space has 30pts at the half-way mark and we consider that "a really good season".

Now spare me the intangibles, loyalty, history, and "heart and soul" of the Devils bit - but by season performance alone he shouldn't be anywhere near this game - and he's acknowledged it.

scoring is down on the entire team. a falling tide lowers all boats. playing with sacks of garbage like rolston and langenbrunner is not going to help matters.
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#979120 A Thread To Be Deleted

Posted by Triumph on 10 January 2011 - 05:04 PM

please delete me!
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