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In Topic: GDT: Devils @ Edmonton 9:30 PM

21 November 2014 - 11:23 PM

They should play a beer league game before every game. They always look sluggish for a period. I guess the old guys need to get a good warm up.

In Topic: The Devils are bad and it's time to tank

21 November 2014 - 10:16 PM

Speaking of St. Louis, he brought back 2 1st rd picks+ Callahan on an expiring contract though one of the 1st rounders was conditional on the rags getting to the ecf.

Do you think Elias could bring back a similar return? I'd honestly think about it if it nets us another 1st in this draft+ a solid roster player. Two 1st rd picks in this draft could be huge for us.

There is zero chance Elias goes anywhere. Same with Jagr, unless he picks the destination.

The team needed to make the playoffs, they needed cash in the worst way. I don't get what you guys don't get...the team was in financial ruins. All the jackasses that boo Bettman should be kissing his ass for floating the team during that time.

In Topic: Is Phil Kessel the answer?

21 November 2014 - 02:31 AM

Wrong leaf. JVR.

In Topic: DeBoer "Firing Watch" Thread

19 November 2014 - 04:57 PM

Thats not what i meant really. I didnt mean that this is the immediate problem. Id just really want a coach that can get the best out of the players, all of them. Less of a "do things my way or you're in the doghouse" kind of coach... which is what our whole management is like....


guys like Tedenby, Brunner etc etc may not be the best players but with coaches like that, there's almost no chance that they can find success.


Merril and Severson seems like guys that would do well no matter what too.


This isn't Little League. Coaches have a very short shelf life so their actions are usually done with self preservation in mind.  It surely isn't PDB job to teach or develop talent, UNLESS LL wants him too. Today's league is a sink or swim business. Players show up to their NHL debut nowadays ready to not only ready to play in the show, but contribute at a significant level.  Keep up or you'll end up in the minors or Siberia.  I do agree motivating the players is important.  However, it's not like yesteryear where guys like Burns, Keenan, etc ruled by fear. For better or worse, it just isn't compatible with today's young professional athlete.  As far as the vets go, they have one skate off toward retirement already.  


The problems with this team isn't the coach, but with the roster as almost all here have cited.  What's the fix? Great question...taking in account of destination, free agent availability, style of play, and poor drafting... I just don't see any real way to improve in the near term, but I am just a fan and this why the professionals sit in those big offices.  And as I mentioned in the past,  if current ownership decides to clean house, what does that do? What if they brought in guy like Peter Laviolette  to play a more upbeat offensive game to sell tickets? How do you do that with this roster? I don't feel these owners are gonna tolerate losing with a boring system.  Until some serious decisions are made I really believe this team will be mediocre at best...maybe for years.

In Topic: Officials picking up broken sticks

16 November 2014 - 01:28 PM

Just some insight...http://www.hockeybuz...p?post_id=60900