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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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#978552 Martin Not Setting the World on Fire

Posted by Triumph on 09 January 2011 - 01:13 PM

this thread was done last week, but it does nicely reveal how foolish it is to judge defensemen by points.
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#977269 Langenbrunner to Dallas. 3rd round conditional pick coming back

Posted by Triumph on 07 January 2011 - 09:48 AM

LOL. Wow, when did the NHL change the format in the West that only two teams make it to the playoffs???

I know your pretty limited in terms of your knowledge of the game, but FYI: Dallas is the 5th best team in the entire NHL right now. Highly unlikely they don't make the playoffs

i'm aware of where they are in the standings. i'm also aware that they are not a very good team.

Most teams know we have to deal him, if we get more than a 2nd round pick I would be surprised.

i suggest reading up on 'supply and demand'.
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#976237 Anyone see Bettman at the game tonight?

Posted by Triumph on 05 January 2011 - 01:49 PM

you're not going to get anywhere arguing with bettman haters. they think he's responsible for everything bad and has nothing to do with anything good.

that said, i am convinced half of our fan base lives in that trailer park from 'the wrestler'.
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#969875 Rebuild or reload?

Posted by Triumph on 20 December 2010 - 11:22 AM

Hurricanes maybe are a good comparison, but the Flyers are not. They had much more depth going into and out of their bad season. Their young guys on the upswing were Richards/Carter, who are much better than Tedenby/Josefson will be.

in the devils' case, the improvement will come from having parise for a full season and having kovalchuk score like normal. let's not go painting these parallels too close. i'll start looking for comparable teams but there aren't going to be many who end up outshooting the opposition and yet ending up a lottery team. toronto last year was one, but their penalty killing was horrendous. right now the devils are -2 on special teams and -38 at evens despite outshooting teams. that's hard to do.
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#969867 Rebuild or reload?

Posted by Triumph on 20 December 2010 - 11:07 AM

What makes you think that? As it stands now, and all things being equal, the main differences will be: Parise for the entire year, Tedenby/Josefson improving, maybe a 19 year old Larsson/Coutier; no Langs, Arnott and maybe no Rolston, Clarkson, Andy Greene; other players past their prime getting older (White, Brodeur, Elias).

You don't stink this badly for it just to be a fluke. No, we're not late 90s Islanders bad. There's a good core of players. But the depth, especially at the blue-line, is more than a year away from being good enough to comfortably make the playoffs.

the flyers made the playoffs in 06. they made the playoffs in 08. in 07 they finished dead last.

the hurricanes made the playoffs in 09. they were the 7th worst team in the nhl last season. they are around nhl average this season, things could go either way for them.

a big part of things would be either getting rid of brodeur or getting a 1B goalie who can spell brodeur for 40 or so games.
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#969855 Rebuild or reload?

Posted by Triumph on 20 December 2010 - 10:15 AM

I'm starting to think somewhere in between. Assuming no new disasters, next year we'll probably be between missing the playoffs by 10 points and eeking in. Parise playing a full year, plus Kovy, Tallinder, Volchenkov (just by virtue of getting used to things, IMO anyway) improving will help. Brodeur, White being one year older plus even less defensive depth than this year will hurt.

Not bad enough to blow the whole thing up, not good enough for a major bounceback. 2012-13 season is probably when things start to turn around to everyone's liking. Maybe we'll have Larsson plus Jon Merrill (who is doing very well at Michigan, statwise anyway) to fill out the D. Tedenby/Josefson should both be solid NHLers by then. With Rolston gone, maybe enough cap space to sign another solid defenseman.

this is a playoff team next year.
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#969749 Rebuild or reload?

Posted by Triumph on 19 December 2010 - 08:36 PM

that is just not going to happen. you're gonna have to give up on this dream my friend.

i know it's very unlikely, but who knows? from this point forward his presence on this team is a negative.
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#969742 Rebuild or reload?

Posted by Triumph on 19 December 2010 - 08:16 PM

And look how well that turned out for us. I don't think White has to go, one of those guys does, though.

one of the worst logic fails i see around here on a consistent basis is 'we're losing with you, we can lose without you'. white is a very solid player and there's no way he should go anywhere.

i was hoping brodeur would demand a trade after last night. that would actually be an excellent result for the season if he did that.
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#784729 Website changes?

Posted by Triumph on 15 July 2009 - 01:52 PM

what's the deal with this plus and minus at the bottom right of posts - looks like a way to 'rate' posts. i've never been on a board that does this, but i've always heard it leads to exceptionally juvenile use/abuse.
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#784721 Blurb from Spector's Hockey 7/15/09

Posted by Triumph on 15 July 2009 - 01:37 PM

i cannot trust jacques lemaire with brendan shanahan. this was the reason i was against signing shanahan last year.

so you knew brent sutter was going to leave and be replaced by jacques lemaire all the way back in december? why didn't you tell us???

the lemaire hatred around here is starting to disgust me. i think the deception (not perception) that he "hates offense" and is incapable of adapting to the newer version of this team is absolutely overblown. all of you in that camp are not giving the man enough credit or respect.

IMHO I can see Shanahan flourishing under Lemaire. But hey, I can't see the future like Tri can, so what do I know?

this is a pretty deliberate misreading of what i said, although i have to admit i wasn't clear. why i didn't want shanahan signed last year is because he was shot in the playoffs for the rangers as a result of overuse. the devils used him intelligently for the first few weeks, but quickly moved his ice time up to unacceptable levels. given jacques lemaire's usage of bobby carpenter in 1998, lou has to leave jacques with as little chance to hurt himself by completely overusing a veteran player - he already avoided part of this problem by not re-signing madden. if shanahan were a 12 minute, 4th line, PP type of player, who sat out all the back to backs - fine. if he's again a 17 minute, PK, PP, does it all - it will be a disaster, mitigated by the fact that new jersey fans inexplicably went nuts when shanahan would rush down ice, or by the exceptionally smart and creative plays shanahan will occasionally display.
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#784682 Blurb from Spector's Hockey 7/15/09

Posted by Triumph on 15 July 2009 - 12:17 PM

just say no to shanahan. i like what he did here, he's a solid addition, but i cannot trust jacques lemaire with brendan shanahan. this was the reason i was against signing shanahan last year. and now that the rangers are eviscerating their bottom lines, shanahan would actually fit on that team now.
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