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#1102262 The Race For 6th Thread

Posted by Triumph on 27 March 2012 - 12:41 AM

Well Ottawa is just 2 points out of 6th now.

Guess that 6th spot isn't exactly a lock now, is it?

Care to wager on that? I'll bet at even money.

Win tomorrow and the Devils are up 4 points with 5 games left to play - not impossible to blow that lead, but it's not easy, either.
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#1095535 Anton Volchenkov

Posted by Triumph on 28 February 2012 - 04:43 PM

Actually, what Volch did should have been a penalty shot (squeezing the legs to cover the puck), but the ref missed it. Kerry Fraser explained today on TSN:


Meh. Even if it had been awarded a penalty shot, the Rangers player probably would've just dumped the puck in and went off for a line change.
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#1091433 Marek zidlicky traded to Devils.

Posted by Triumph on 17 February 2012 - 12:09 AM

I'd rather trade Parise for Rick Nash. Personally, I'd rather trade Kovalchuk for Nash so we can keep Parise, but that is NO secret! Rick Nash has what the Devils are missing up front. It won't happen, but a fun "What if"... Then the Devils could concentrate on a VERY GOOD D-man and hopefully/more importantly go after a solid goalie. I can't wait to see the fiasco next year with goal.

You're still here? I thought you and MantaRay were hiding in a bunker together swapping Kovalchuk turnover stories. Hate to break it to you, but Nash isn't any better than Kovalchuk.
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#1088028 GDT New Jersey Devils at Flyers

Posted by Triumph on 04 February 2012 - 04:10 PM

Oh, and let's not forget: the Devils scored 6 goals today. 6.
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#1088026 GDT New Jersey Devils at Flyers

Posted by Triumph on 04 February 2012 - 04:09 PM

I don't like NJ's 3rd period play but it was one of those things. The refs put their whistles away and helped out the Flyers. The Devils were resting their best players. Then the Flyers put in 2 quick goals with the Devils' two top defensive D in the box and the game is close. Should NJ have gotten a few more shots? Sure. But I don't think protecting 4 goal leads is a priority of this team. Once it got to two, the Devils played a little better and probably allowed at most 2 or 3 scoring chances.
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#1087581 Elias fined

Posted by Triumph on 03 February 2012 - 01:06 PM

I thought Elias' play was fairly dirty, and probably deserved a game, but I think even Shanahan realized he passed on too many questionable hits on Devils' players. Devils were lucky to only get a minor on the play.

Still confused how the boarding hit on Clarkson has, not escaped punishment, but any review whatsoever.

Which one? There were two.

I hope that Shanahan took the context of the game into account - that three Devils had been run with 0 penalties called. Elias just figured boarding was legal now.
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#1082327 Parise: Money matters, but Cup chances are key to new deal

Posted by Triumph on 13 January 2012 - 02:22 PM

That list should be titled 'Players NHL players are jealous of'

Also Kovalchuk has been doing a phenomenal job killing penalties so far this year, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss his ability there - I would be quick to dismiss his ability at 5 on 5 defense though.
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#1080982 Zach contract question

Posted by Triumph on 10 January 2012 - 12:22 AM

Look, any of these teams could make space, it just depends on the next CBA. The Rangers could easily wind up trading Brandon Dubinsky somewhere and that opens up enough room for Zach if they cut corners in places. The Hawks could deal Michael Frolik and they have a ton of room now. But I suspect that when the next CBA comes, the cap is going to be a little tighter - the players will have the choice of greater rollbacks and a higher cap or fewer rollbacks and a lower cap, and they'll take the latter.
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#1080716 Great article on the craziness of the KHL

Posted by Triumph on 08 January 2012 - 11:07 PM

Not to sound like a Don Cherry clone, but would that necessarily be a bad thing?

Yes. Just one game watching the American WJC team is enough - watching that team was like watching a shift at a factory. There are a handful of Canadian players who are creative with the puck, and a thimbleful of Americans as well - losing the Europeans would mean losing a lot of the magicians.
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#1076839 Devils Ink Record Number of Sponsorship Deals

Posted by Triumph on 27 December 2011 - 06:18 PM

Did someone without a HS diploma write their opening paragraph?

"The New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center have signed a record number of top tier corporate sponsors, leveraging the building’s award winning digital abilities and strong social media presence, another shining achievement for the four year old building. Included in these partnerships, five new companies have been signed to significant deals and 98% of corporate sponsors have renewed for 2012. "

Given the way it's written, I think they contracted this out to those people who write stories for the North Korean media.
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#1071793 GDT: 12/10/11 Canadiens vs Devils

Posted by Triumph on 11 December 2011 - 12:20 PM

DinLA: Hockey is the same as it has been. In one breath, you say that NJ had a hard time succeeding without Stevens and Niedermayer. Then you go on to say that the new NHL is about having top defensemen. I mean, what? You're saying the same thing. This 'New NHL' stuff has to go away - scoring rates are quite similar to the 'old NHL', and certainly aren't appreciably different. What wins hockey games is the same thing - getting shots on your opponent's net while preventing shots on your own. Which Kovalchuk doesn't help - he doesn't do either thing, really.
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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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