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#1227458 The Schneider and Marty disparity.

Posted by Triumph on 22 November 2013 - 01:23 PM

It's luck, nothing more.  Goalies don't sustain this throughout their careers.

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#1225940 GDT: Kings @ Devils 7pm

Posted by Triumph on 16 November 2013 - 09:33 AM

I'm not dismissing the advanced stats, I'm sure they give a very good indication, in general. However, I don't understand how anyone can suggest that the skill of the shooter doesn't matter. To me that's just absurd, no matter how many stats and charts you have to back it up.



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#1225538 Kovalpuke

Posted by Triumph on 14 November 2013 - 02:40 PM

Thats true but you have to look at it as a whole and the structure of your team. I'm gonna talk general here, i feel some teams can live through an overpaid player in his big salary years or even if you want to see it has his cap hit value IF you have some good "deals" on the team that is "money wize" compensating. Like Sykora at 650k scoring 21 goals or a young superstar producing but still getting entry level contract money or guys popping out of the blues producing or playing big minutes. 


The Pens for example are able to survive with or without Malkin and Crosby (and their contracts) cause they have a bunch of "deals" on the team at this moment.


Of course it's not ideal and you don't want bad contracts but again it's not as deadly as some are making it to be sometimes. There's ways around it.


The Penguins would be a good team without Malkin, but they'd be in trouble without Crosby - Crosby is far and away the best player in the league.  Regardless, those contracts are much much much better than Ilya Kovalchuk's contract, because Ilya Kovalchuk was not as good or close to as good as those players.  The issue is with Kovalchuk's 'stardom' - somehow he is this giant star who is unable to produce even close to the numbers of star players 2 of the 3 years he was here.


The Devils' top scorer makes $2M on the cap this year and his bonuses may run the Devils over the cap.  Their top scoring defenseman is being paid $3M, and is in the same spot.  They've got Gelinas who is producing a ridiculous shot rate early on, he's providing a ton of value.  Larsson is too.  Reid Boucher is in the minors putting up great shot stats, he should be in the NHL next year, along with Gelinas on a cheap contract, perhaps Merrill as well.  The Devils have some entry-level bargains coming.  It's much much easier to build a team when your superstar player that you picked 1st overall has a dumb fixation with his birthdate that translates to a favorable cap hit.

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#1214718 GDT: Game 3 Devils @ Edmonton Senators 930pm MSG+

Posted by Triumph on 08 October 2013 - 12:01 PM

Bingo, but replace Merrill with Gelinas. 


Also, I'd like to point out that DeBoer used his timeout last night on a PK after the game went to 4-3. What in the actual fvck is he doing these days?


He didn't do that.  He had already used his timeout in the 2nd period.  Of course, Chico and Steve, Steve being clueless about hockey and Chico about everything, thought it was Edmonton who called the timeout in the 2nd, because Chico has still not figured out that you can't change lines after icing the puck.  


Harrold is playing 20 minutes a game, I don't see him on waivers any time soon.

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#1214300 Devils getting rid of R&R part 2 as their goal song?

Posted by Triumph on 07 October 2013 - 04:36 PM

At least they are listening to the fans (somewhat).  Unfortunately for them, I think this is also doomed for failure as eventually the "you suck" chant will make it back in one form or another, regardless of the goal song that is played.


The fans that like and miss the chant will find a way to do it.  For example...right after puck is dropped on the faceoff following the goal and the new goal song is turned off, the crowd chants, "Hey...You suck!"  I can see something like that developing over time. 


I mean, this is an acceptable compromise, I understand the crowd has to chant the word 'suck' 800 times a night, but it would definitely beat having it be part of the song.

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#1213801 Devils getting rid of R&R part 2 as their goal song?

Posted by Triumph on 05 October 2013 - 01:20 PM

Holy christ could people understand that (at least) my objection, and most of the other objections expressed in this thread, have little to do with profanity?  It has to do with celebrating a goal by mocking the other team.  It'd basically be inexplicable to someone you were explaining sports to, or indeed, even someone you were bringing to a Devils game for the first time.  'Okay, now when the Devils score a goal, they do this chant, 'you suck' - but it's directed at the other team.'  'So, the other team sucks for giving up a goal to the Devils?  Doesn't that mean the Devils suck too, by implication?  I mean, if you suck for having given up a goal to them, then they probably suck too'  'No, no, they're great, it's complicated, it's tradition'

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#1212796 The Three Tests For Peter DeBoer

Posted by Triumph on 02 October 2013 - 02:01 PM

I agree with the brodeur part, but while loktinov has potential, I feel hes extremely overrated on this website. I also couldnt disagree more that fayne is better than volchenkov and larsson. Everyone was better than salvador last year, we all know that, but you have to see how he comes out of the gate this year. Its not impossible for him to bounce back. But larssons decision making, puck moving skills, and poise, makes him without a doubt much better than fayne. Also volchenkovs shot blocking and ability to take the body makes him much better than fayne. Faynes decisions with the puck have ALWAYS been atrocious. Losing fayne at the end of the year wouldnt effect this team one bit, especially with a handful of young Dmen coming up with much more potential than him.


People say stuff like this, and I'd just like for you to remember this post in 5 years.  It is really hard to find players as good as Mark Fayne.  Then again, you don't think he's good already, but he's not sitting for players who are better than him, he is sitting for Peter Harrold, a guy who couldn't crack the team when Fayne was getting 20 minutes a night in 2011-12.


It's all in the data.  The team does better with Fayne on the ice than with Larsson and Volchenkov.

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#1212773 The Three Tests For Peter DeBoer

Posted by Triumph on 02 October 2013 - 01:07 PM

Peter DeBoer has already passed a test no Devils coach has since Jacques Lemaire's first tenure - being the coach on 3 straight opening days.  However, he's got 3 more tests this season that could determine whether we see him back for a 4th season or whether he goes the way of so many Lamoriello coaching hires.  I will categorize these tests as the 3 tests from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, because if the Devils don't make the playoffs, then the forces of darkness will march all over the face of the earth.


1.  The Path Of God - Andrei Loktionov


Andrei Loktionov came over in a midseason trade and was called up shortly thereafter.  He had a marvelous hot streak, but the Devils didn't win that often with him in the lineup - hockey-reference has them going 8-20 with Loktionov.  His territorial stats may be somewhat of a fluke, but this kid can play.  He's got some defensive shortcomings but he is terrific on the forecheck and has excellent vision.  Right now he's not included on the Devils power play but to me this has to change.  If the Devils don't play him a lot and he goes back to Russia as a result, they may have missed out on a tremendous player.


2.  The Word Of God - Martin Brodeur


Brodeur's word has been that of the Word of God for more than 15 years, and indeed most Devils coaches have been jumping from M to A to R to T etc. on stones to avoid falling to their deaths.  DeBoer is going to have to handle this transition diplomatically, because Brodeur will run to the press if he's not starting often.  Still, it's hard to imagine Brodeur being much better than he's been the last 3 years, and Schneider should be getting 50 starts this year if he stays injury-free.


3.  The Breath Of God - Mark Fayne


The analogy breaks down here, but icing a defense with Bryce Salvador, Anton Volchenkov, Marek Zidlicky, and Peter Harrold may be like jumping into an open chasm at times.  Mark Fayne ended up in the doghouse last year after a few giveaways led to goals, but what didn't lead to goals with Hedberg and Brodeur in net?  Fayne is head and shoulders better than Volchenkov, Salvador, and Harrold and was better than Adam Larsson last year too.  It appears he's sitting out the opening game - if the Devils treat Fayne poorly, he'll walk at the end of the season, and as long as his new team has an open mind and he continues to play how he can play, that team will have gotten an inexpensive top 4 defender.  This guy was good enough to take on top players during 11-12 and now he can't even get in the opening night lineup?  Bushwah.  The Devils' margin for success is thin, so not dressing the guy who might be your 3rd best defenseman is not really a step in the right direction.

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#1211059 Devils getting rid of R&R part 2 as their goal song?

Posted by Triumph on 22 September 2013 - 07:05 AM

Rock and Roll Part 2 was great until morons ruined it with the 'You suck!' chant. NHL Network showed the 2003 Cup Finals Game 7 recently and I was surprised to not hear anything after Hey! when Rupp scored. I know no song will compare but hopefully whatever they come up with can't have 'You suck!' easily appended to it.
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#1209964 [Official] Damien Brunner signed to multi-year deal

Posted by Triumph on 12 September 2013 - 11:07 PM

Yeah thats why their stats are so different right?..........................................and why josefson got sent to the ahl for scrubs like steve sullivan and matt diagistini to take up his roster spot....stop it. Josefson is not as solid as the people on this website try and make him out to be. Clocking out on this conversation now, I said I didnt want to get into a tedenby josefson pissing match but that didnt work.


Because Josefson can kill penalties, is a year younger, and has put up better offensive stats in professional hockey to date.  Teams would be lining up to claim a former 1st round pick 4 years from being drafted who puts up .66 points per game in the minors, plays center, and plays an effective two-way game.  Tedenby stinks at defense and his offense isn't good enough to carry that - unless he's improved remarkably he will not be an NHL player.

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#1207328 Are we about to become big time rivals with the Isles?

Posted by Triumph on 17 August 2013 - 11:00 AM

The Islanders will miss the playoffs this year and go back to being the Islanders. So no.


The Islanders may miss the playoffs this year - Nabokov is awful - but they are not going back to being the Islanders any time soon. 


That said, the rivalry will only begin if the Devils and Islanders meet in the playoffs or possibly if they are in a close playoff race with one another in multiple years.

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#1204842 Jagr Signs 1 Year Deal With Devils

Posted by Triumph on 22 July 2013 - 08:03 PM

Haha, this board (and I'm a culprit) is amazing at derails.  Long story short, I'm not buying that this would somehow sh!tcan a Jagr deal.  Elias's contract was similar, details started to leak out, then it got done.

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#1203992 Your thought on today / about the team so far ?

Posted by Triumph on 18 July 2013 - 09:03 AM

I mean, there's really not a dumber thing you could say then 'Kovalchuk leads in giveaways because he tries to do everything himself'.  Most giveaways are passes, which is why someone like Joe Thornton is always among the league leaders.  It's also an incredibly dumb stat.


Kovalchuk is -7 with the Devils at 5 on 5.  He is also not -41 with the Devils, might want to check your numbers there.  Goalies being hot garbage never helps.


#2 is also one of the dumber things you've ever written on here.

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#1203544 Kovy signs a 4 year deal, no money announced

Posted by Triumph on 15 July 2013 - 02:09 PM

Of course Cherry doesn't acknowledge that Kovalchuk was playing with a back injury throughout the entire playoffs.  Yeah, he was spent at that point, but he'd been playing for 6 weeks with what appeared to be a serious injury.

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#1203239 [Official] Damien Brunner signed to multi-year deal

Posted by Triumph on 14 July 2013 - 09:57 AM

If you guys want to start a fake rumor thread that's fine, I'll stay out of that thread for sure.  As long as fake rumors get posted in threads I read/post in, I'm going to say something.  

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