The Rangers still suck. Enjoy Dan Girardi for 6 more years. Also, I'm never going to hear a Rangers fan talk about a quiet crowd in NJ ever again.
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Posted by Triumph on 15 June 2014 - 10:30 AM
The Rangers still suck. Enjoy Dan Girardi for 6 more years. Also, I'm never going to hear a Rangers fan talk about a quiet crowd in NJ ever again.
Posted by Triumph on 14 June 2014 - 12:46 AM
The Rangers weren't a 100 point team because they had a low shooting percentage - they shot under 8% as a team, which is hard to do. (For the record, the NJ teams the last two years that fans were crying about having no finish both had better shooting percentages than this year's Rangers team).
The Rangers don't have a lot of dynamite prospects ready for the NHL now, but they did sign two big-time UDFAs who might be contributors. People always overlook those types of players when they evaluate prospects. They also look to have had a ridiculous 2013 draft for a team that didn't have any 1st round picks.
If I were in Sather's shoes, I'd do what I could to get Joe Thornton and maybe try to sign Dan Boyle and really go for it next year. The East is not strong. The Rangers' window isn't huge, it's as long as Lundqvist is an elite goalie.
Posted by Triumph on 14 June 2014 - 12:01 AM
The Rangers have an elite goalie and a lot of young players. I wouldn't count them out of anything just yet, right now they're still the 2nd best team in the East behind the Bruins. They were clearly not in the class of the Kings, but who is?
That said I'm obviously delighted with the result, and it's unlikely they get back there again, but there's a lot of good pieces over there, unfortunately.
Posted by Triumph on 12 June 2014 - 12:34 PM
I hear what you are saying, my point about the money isn't so much about what he made/could make but that he may just be irked a bit with the way things have gone. Of course he can earn a lot, lot more over here. Ignore the bonus, just this last year he lost a good bit of money having to play in the AHL when he shouldn't have been there. Even though he is already rich, I'm sure it's not a pleasant feeling.
But from another angle - he is a kid living halfway around the world and stuck with a coach that clearly doesn't think highly of him. I can see how that can be mentally draining. In general, sometimes I feel as fans, we don't realize how hard it can be for some of the European guys to come over and play here. Yeah they make a lot of money, but there is a mental aspect to it that can be hard for some guys, especially when things aren't going well.
But like I said before, I seriously doubt he goes back to Sweden.
I mean, I'm sure, but that's just stuff you have to fight through to become an NHL player. I don't see where the coach doesn't think highly of him - I see a lot of quotes from DeBoer praising Larsson. When Larsson was a healthy scratch early in the season, he deserved it. He was not playing well at all. And DeBoer said - Larsson looked great at training camp and is not playing well enough to stay in the lineup, and he was absolutely right. It's the coach's job to make sure the best 18 skaters are dressed every night. Then Gelinas and Merrill come up and play just as well as Larsson if not better and he has to earn his stripes in the AHL.
Larsson wants to be on the NHL team next year and he will be, but all his playing time will be earned. Leave aside the Salvadors of the world, that's not who he's competing against for ice time. He's got to show he's as good as a guy like Mark Fayne and other than brief stretches in his NHL career he has not done that.
Posted by Triumph on 08 June 2014 - 09:44 AM
Larsson, our first round pick whom PDB refuses to play and has been wasting away in the minors. I actually didn't think Larsson would be a fit for this team, I was hoping for Coutourier. And don't get me started on Tedenby.
My point was the players we have drafted for the past 10 years have not made the impact we were expecting. I do hope Henrique becomes a very good player for this team but how many busted picks have we had for every Henrique? Nearly every first round pick sans Parise has been underwhelming. And the picks after the first round havent been great either. Zajac is a nice player, not a great player, ditto for Greene. Every team has them. Same for Merrill, Severson, and Fayne. As for firepower, our best players are Elias and Jagr (Ages 38 and 42 respectively). Again, i hope Henrique becomes an offensive weapon but that's a wildcard at this point.
As for free agents and player trades, I was happy we landed Kovy (not his contract) but that move was so out of character for Lou and his MO since the lockout has been signing utility players and then going after ex-Devils. Kovy was the exception. Putting Kovy aside, you'll never see this team acquire a forward like Jeff Carter via a trade. It's just not Lou's style.
As for Schneider, I'm with you on that 100%. I hope he becomes the man here. That's assuming of course that Brodeur leaves. I'm not so sure he will, despite his quotes in the papers about testing free agency. Will be interesting to see what transpires this offseason.
The players the Devils have drafted in the last 10 years have almost always been in the bottom 10 picks of the 1st round. It is really difficult to find star players there. So no, the Devils haven't drafted particularly well, but it isn't easy to draft well from there, and when you don't draft well, you create a vicious cycle where you are short draft picks every year because you have to patch holes on your roster every year. NJ used to draft so well that they created a virtuous cycle - they would be able to sell players who weren't able to make the team for draft picks. That's not happening anymore, in part because the league has caught up to some of the things NJ tends to do.
'Putting Kovy aside, you'll never see this team acquire a forward like Jeff Carter' Hurr durr. How about Jason Arnott, who was like Jeff Carter but without the years of NHL success? How about Peter Stastny, Joe Nieuwendyk, and Doug Gilmour? The Devils haven't had the kind of players that help you get a player like this and that's why they haven't done it. And I agree that Carter specifically, I don't think Lou would trade for a player with an 11 year contract, but those are illegal now. I mean you can't on the one hand run down NJ's drafting in the last 10 years then wonder why they haven't gotten a Jeff Carter type player. You can't run down Lou's free agent acquisitions and wonder why he couldn't acquire other, better players in free agency - he uses free agency just like any other general manager now. He's signed players who haven't played for NJ to 5 and 6 year deals. It's hard to keep winning in the NHL.
Posted by Triumph on 06 June 2014 - 10:43 AM
Urbom has agreed to join Severstal of the KHL.
What?! But he's NJ's 8th best prospect! This is horrible
Posted by Triumph on 05 June 2014 - 08:29 PM
To me those guys sundstrom mentioned just don't move the needle. Yes, NJ needs some better wingers. I think Jurco, Tatar, Etem, Atkinson - they're all going to be fine players in this league, but all these guys are probably 2nd-line-on-a-good-team forwards. 45-50 point a season types. Nice to have, certainly. But without some better centers, NJ will be sunk. Elias can only last so long. Henrique is not a center, it's time they come to terms with this, or if he is, he's a very good 3rd line center/weak 2nd line center.
When I look at the 3 defensemen, I see Gelinas, who could be something really excellent. It's not likely - Gelinas's play in the defensive zone this past year makes me think he will never quite figure it out. The game will speed up and he'll get less panicky, but he will still be prone to mistakes. But the Devils have not had something like Gelinas in a very, very long time - in fact, I can't think of the last time NJ had a D prospect like Gelinas, and that's because they've never had one, really. Niedermayer scored from the back end but he was a different sort of player. I look at some of what Gelinas does and I see Subban. I don't want to give that possibility up, not for some 2nd line guy. There's of course a strong chance that Gelinas will remain a 3rd pairing/fringe NHLer because he can't get his D game sorted out, and this post could look very foolish, but I just can't give that up.
Merrill's value got hurt by that Michigan incident - regardless, he came up and just didn't look out of place. He's not going to score a ton but I think he could be a very effective D for the next decade - think Paul Martin. And there's a slim chance that he becomes an elite defensive D with some offense to him. I don't want to give that up especially because I think he'd be the least valuable of the 3 - I can't imagine GMs think particularly highly of him, but I do.
And then there's Larsson. Him I would give up - I like him a lot and think he could be very good, but I imagine he has more value than the other two. But he's still just 21 going on 22. I'd want to get a 1st line forward back for him but I don't think that's possible. I wouldn't give him up for any of the players sundstrom mentioned, or for players on that level.
I think waiting a year could be a good idea. Severson will be more a known quantity. Gelinas will demonstrate whether he can handle being an everyday D. Larsson and Merrill should take steps forward or to the side. NJ will have a better sense of what all these guys are, and they'll be able to make the right move with one of them.
Posted by Triumph on 05 June 2014 - 02:46 PM
Disregarding the specifics, do we really want ANOTHER Devils and Jets/Thashers trade? The last one was a major PITA.
I didn't think that Alex Ponikarovsky was *that* bad.
Posted by Triumph on 05 June 2014 - 12:08 AM
Whyyyy? Why take a gamble on a short guy when height, like it or not, is a significant factor in the NHL?
No it isn't. I mean, yeah, gimme two guys of equal skill and I'll take the bigger guy, but I don't really think that height is significant. Tedenby's issue is not height, he's not fast enough, strong enough, or smart enough. If he dominated the AHL and couldn't do much in the NHL, then maybe I'd think his height is an issue. That's just not how it is. Meanwhile some of NJ's best draft picks have been smaller players: Sullivan, B. Gionta, Gomez, Sykora, etc., and Reid Boucher may continue that tradition.
Posted by Triumph on 30 May 2014 - 02:17 PM
There is little to no chance that Cory doesn't play 60+ games next year (barring injury).
I'm not sure about that - he didn't prove this year he was capable of being a starter. Until a guy's a starter, you just don't know how he will do.
Posted by Triumph on 29 May 2014 - 06:42 PM
DeBoer still doesn't get it, so he cannot have Brodeur. Brodeur was still starting non-back to back games in March. That cannot happen.
Posted by Triumph on 25 May 2014 - 07:58 PM
geez some people are so uptight here lol This is the internet folks. Theres people sh!tting in others mouth, videos of people eating toe nails, people getting killed by gorillas... avril lavigne videos...
There's way worst to be shocked about than buddie's thread title lol
It's amazing I have to explain this but you don't have to watch those videos if you don't want to (unless you have mean spirited friends who try to link you to them). This site is sometimes moderated, so people can't just post that kind of thing on the site - they will be banned. That's because people who run sites like this have decided that allowing that sort of thing just makes people upset and leads to them having a more negative impression of the site. The same is true of intentionally misleading headlines.
Posted by Triumph on 12 May 2014 - 09:35 AM
In the 3 full seasons that Kovalchuk was here, the Devils finished 30th, 11th, and 28th in goal scoring.
I don't want Spezza. The Devils don't have the kind of package to get him.
Posted by Triumph on 08 May 2014 - 11:42 AM
I think we all know Brodeur doesn't want to be a backup. He's not wired for it, and frankly someone with that good a career shouldn't have to be 42 and a back up in the league. I find it almost impossible that he could come back to 15-20 games with it clearly defined that he will not be the starter at all.
Brodeur is hoping for a 2008 Red Wings Hasek situation. where you have a very solid team that doesn't have a clear answer in nets. Hasek was 43 and he was pretty much done, but there was always hope for him and concern with Wings management with Osgood in nets. Basically, he's hoping to be given a shot to win the net.
That simply can not happen in New Jersey. Marty knows it too. He said as much in a bunch of quotes. Ego and competition and wanting to play took over (pretty much why he wanted to be traded), but since he cares so much about this franchise, he knows that what he wants and what the franchise needs don't align at all. They didn't align last year, and it will be catastrophic this year.
For Brodeur, it has to be an opportunity with another team, or his career is over.
I just don't see where that will be.
Teams with DEFINITE starting goalies right now: NYR (Lundqvist), NJ (Schneider), Pittsburgh (Fleury), Columbus (Bobrovsky), Boston (Rask), Montreal (Price), Tampa (Bishop), Detroit (Howard), Florida (Luongo), Toronto (Bernier), Chicago (Crawford), Nashville (Rinne), Dallas (Lethonen), Colorado (Varlamov), Phoenix (Smith), San Jose (Niemi), LA (Quick)
So now we've winnowed things down considerably already - that's 17 teams off the list of teams that have a definite #1 guy right now.
Teams that think they have a starter: Winnipeg (Pavelec), Philadelphia (Mason), Calgary, maybe? (Rammo)
Cross 3 more off, probably - I would include Philadelphia as a place Brodeur might go, but I don't think he'll want to play there. Now we're at 9 teams left.
Teams with two guys: Ottawa (Anderson, Lehner), Edmonton (Scrivens, Fasth), Minnesota (Kuemper, Harding, Backstrom), Carolina (Ward, Khudobin), Anaheim (Andersen, Gibson)
Now we're at 5 teams: Buffalo, the Islanders, Washington, St. Louis, Vancouver. Buffalo has Neuvirth and Enroth, two young goalies, the Islanders already indicated their interest in Jaro Halak, the Blues have a UFA goalie they paid a lot for, and Vancouver has a young guy they like.
UFA Starting goalies (current team): Hiller (Anaheim), Halak (NYI), Miller (St. Louis), Nabokov (NYI)
I don't think Nabokov is a starter in the NHL anymore, so throw him off the list. Still, these 3 guys are going to end up somewhere, so that's 3 more teams off the list. That leaves 2 teams left for Brodeur to be an ostensible starter on, and that's if he can usurp a guy that's already there (exception to this: The Islanders). And he said he wanted to go somewhere he can win and somewhere that's warm. I could maybe see Anaheim signing him as a veteran guy if they've gone insane, but I think someone like Nabokov or Bryzgalov would be a better fit there - they could have one of the young guys in the NHL playing while the other young guy plays in the AHL, and if one is doing considerably better than the other, they could switch. I could see Phoenix maybe using him as a backup because why not, but again he'd be a backup. Unless the goalie UFA market shakes out real weird, like someone ends up going to the KHL or someone ends up hurt for the year in the off-season, I just don't see him landing anywhere where he even has a chance to be a 1A.
Posted by Triumph on 07 May 2014 - 12:36 PM
Those trades are good by accident - the Flyers dismantled a team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals the year before, one with an elite defenseman who was getting old and only had a short window to be great. You also have to factor in the giant goalie signing which was a calamity, the 35+ contract given to Pronger that Holmgren did not think was 35+ (even though the CBA is incredibly clear on this point). So yeah, Mike Richards is aging faster than you might expect and that contract isn't looking too hot these days.
Both the Carter and Richards trades are wins from an asset perspective and have kept the Flyers an okay team despite getting poor to mediocre goaltending. And yes, the Flyers draft very well too, although it's strange how they draft excellent forwards and cannot draft D at all, but the team is a mess of bad contracts and overall average talent, and there isn't a ton in the pipeline to help out. Gostisbehere might be something, Laughton looks to be another solid player, but they don't have much else there. I also tend not to credit general managers with draft pick successes - they have too much on their plates to be scouting.
And let's not forget James Van Riemsdyk for Luke Schenn, probably the worst major trade of the last 3 years. And giving away Bobrovsky for picks.