Brodeur was never going to go to Montreal - why does Montreal want that mess? They have a good goalie, so let's acquire the 2nd best Quebecois goalie of all time who can't stop talking about how much playing time he needs.
The problem with always saying X player isn't worth the money imo is that, who are we waiting to sign? You don't get bonus points for having cap space available. I can see the duration being a problem down the line maybe, but you can always buy out the contracts. It seems to work for other teams.
Callahan's contract will not provide value in Year 1. It will not provide value in Year 6. Ryan Callahan belongs to the class of player who is always overpaid upon reaching UFA because he never takes a shift off. His best years are probably behind him already, and he's likely to become more injury-prone as he ages.
The Devils can't afford a contract like this because they have too many other problems on the team and hustle isn't one of them. Callahan's contract will be Clarksonesque - if he makes it to July 1, his contract will immediately be one of the 5 worst in hockey.
Name another team besides the Devils and not named the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers who needed a goaltender as badly. While we can assume some teams kicked the tires who didn't necessarily *need* a goalie as badly, where was he realistically going? Most around the league thought it was Luongo going bye bye, including himself.
The Flyers for whatever reason didn't pull the trigger. The Canucks weren't trading CS to the Oilers. Vancouver most likely preferred CS in the East, too. So it isn't a stretch to say that CS fell into Lou's lap. Knowing this, Lou stepped up, used an asset and made the deal, but let's not make it seem like he outbid and outfoxed half the league here like the Lou of old would.
The Islanders. The Panthers. Toronto traded for a guy who they thought could be a starting goalie, so maybe throw them into the mix.
The idea that this deal 'fell into Lou's lap' is ridiculous - you know how I know it's ridiculous? I don't remember reading ANYONE thinking this was a possibility. It's an enormous trade - both what it suggested about Lou's faith in the team in the future (high) and what he felt about Brodeur (not high).
This isn't about yesterday Colin. We don't need to breakdown goal by goal to see which ones were his fault or not. The key thing as an NHL goalie when you get left out to dry or face weird bounces is dealing with it and making some saves. It isn't always going to be easy out there, but you have to find a way. In the game prior, Schneider faced 3 breakaways or so and stopped them all.
And as Sarge said, he never looked comfortable the entire game. He never looks comfortable. He is flopping and guessing nightly. In two games I felt the opposite feelings with both goalies. Against Washington, I felt Schneider was invincible and was not going to let in a single goal. Yesterday, I felt Brodeur was not going to make a save.
Yeah, I'm done with breaking down which goals are soft or weak. It happens every game Brodeur starts and lets in a weak goal (so at least half the games) and you have Brodeur defenders either pointing out a huge save he made or saying it hit a stick or it did this - it doesn't matter. He doesn't stop enough pucks. Period.
Negative value contracts are Brodeur, Volchenkov, Salvador, and Clowe.
Neutral are Henrique, Schneider, Brunner, and Zidlicky, Zubrus, Zajac
Positive are Ryder, Jagr, Greene
The Elias deal has the potential to be a negative value contract the next few years if you look at it solely without the context of what Elias did in prior years and the fact he's a lifelong/legendary Devil. Zajac's deal, due to subpar offensive consistency/production at times, teeters on a negative/neutral tilt. However, it will have a few years where it's teetering on a positive/neutral tilt. I love having Zajac's defensive acumen, minutes, faceoff ability, so to me I'd lean more positive, but he's right now being paid quite well for not enough production offensively, but that will even itself out in a few years in a long-term contract.
Neutral is Schneider? Guy signed for 4.25M, has an additional year on the contract, is an elite goalie and that's neutral? Steve Mason just signed Cory Schneider's contract. Lundqvist makes twice as much starting next year.
with Elias and Brunner out it might be hard to limit their minutes. the sislo- lokti-Boucher line should see more ice time I think it's going to depend on the situation- defending a lead Pete will trust the gionta line like he did last night.
There is no way that an NHL quality lineup should be constructed such that Stephen Gionta deserves 17 minutes of ice time.
Eh, the people who criticize this are in The Cult of the New.
The Cult Of The New have a few basic precepts:
A: Young players are always better than old players
B: Everyone's a prospect until they aren't
C: Everyone who was once a top pick continues to be an intriguing NHL player until he turns about 32. (exceptions: players who actually get NHL ice time)
Urbom was a nice prospect but it didn't come together for him and it's not coming together for him in Washington, either. He'll probably bounce around the league for a while and maybe things come together for him and he becomes a 20 minute a game defender, but it doesn't look likely at this juncture.
I'm not talking about him creating offense as much as I'm talking about him disrupting the other team's offense. For example the Kings game, I think if Marty plays, they probably don't win. But if he does play, I don't think they look nearly as bad as they looked. For a team that passes as poorly as we do, getting hemmed up is a death sentence
For teams able to carry the puck into the zone, Brodeur does exactly nothing to help in the defensive zone.
I was never saying the goaltending was great, only, all things considered it wasn't a calamity, like you've been asserting. You threw out a bunch of ok goalies that would have been an upgrade, but would not advance the ball very far, and that assumes you can recreate the world on a spreadsheet. That is not a sign that Lou badly mishandled the goaltending, which is your assertion that started this.
I mean - you're just deluded. The Devils have a team SV% of .906, .911, and .894 over the last 3 years. Since the .894 was in a half year, that probably comes to an average of around .906. That's close to the worst mark in the NHL over that time. Just about anything would've advanced the ball.
Of goalies who played 20 games - and I'm being generous to you here because of survivorship bias - Brodeur ranks 54th and Hedberg 50th in SV% out of 74 goalies over the last 3 years. There are 2 goalies who played 100 games over the last 3 years and had a worse SV% than Brodeur. Now scorer bias blah blah, indeed, but it's still bad.
lot of people Suddenly Jibing Pete in here I see. Sestito and Janssen sucks, but it is really nothing compared to the horrible power play, where the puck movement and the players are far too slow. I don't see what fixes that. I think they had 1 shot on 3 power plays which is unacceptable.
Bottom lines get fixed somewhat when they realize Janssen isn't needed anymore, although realizing that about Gionta will take much longer, I fear (and indeed may take just Lou not re-signing him after this year). Still, your 4th line is largely unimportant - at least this year the Devils have 9 forwards they like playing, not 7 like at some portions of 2011-12.
As for 2 goals, the Devils have to be getting points when they score 2 goals a large portion of the time. Like 70% of the time when they score 2 goals in regulation they should be getting at least 1 point. They're not a historically great defense but they are close. But Brodeur has lost his last 4 starts and Schneider has won his last 3 - I believe the idea that Brodeur just wins and that Schneider doesn't has been retired.