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Lateralous

Member Since 28 Oct 2002
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In Topic: Devils 2014-2015 Off Season Thread

Yesterday, 09:09 AM

Link: Players that filed for arbitration

 

Gelinas and Larsson, for us.

 

Is this indicative of difficult contract negotiations?  Or just 'status quo'?

Given how much Shero had to do in a relatively short amount of time since being hired (hire coach, draft free agency etc.) I wouldn't be surprised if he asked the agents for Gelinas and Larsson to put these contracts off until after 7/1. In that case, this would just be the players protecting their rights.       

In Topic: July 1st- UFA Madness

01 July 2015 - 10:18 AM

Agreed. I would be happy if we did nothing but sign a forward to bridge the rebuild/retool.   Hopefully nothing longer than a 2 year deal today.  Ryder and Brunner ultimately didn't work out but that would be the type of player/deal I think we should be looking at as a temporary fix given the roster situation.    

In Topic: 2015 NHL Off-season Thread

29 June 2015 - 07:11 PM

So, should the Devils still go after Mike Richards for veteran and Cup leadership? 
 
What fantastic timing.


Let's wait and see what he did to get terminated. No real info yet but from some of the cryptic reactions of the media, it doesn't sound good. Marek mentioned on his podcast today that he heard lots of whispers about an incident involving Richards at the draft and wasn't at all surprised by the breach of contract news. They heard the news as they were recording the last 5 minutes of the marek vs wyshinski podcast.

In Topic: 2015 NHL Off-season Thread

29 June 2015 - 03:31 PM

WOW. Boston Bruins just traded a 2017 3rd Round pick to the Flyers for Zac Rinaldo....

 

Things are going from bad to worse in Boston.

 

I started out Friday giving my best friend, who grew up in Boston and is a huge Bruins fan, crap about making another Seguin level trade.  Now I just feel bad.  Sweeney is in way over his head.  I'm also not sold on Cam Neely.   Seems like things only started going off the rails for Chirelli once Seabass was on board.     

 

The Richards news is very interesting.   

In Topic: Devils pick Goalie Blackwood with 2nd round pick

27 June 2015 - 02:34 PM

 

 

What next to NO ONE understands on here is that our depth at goaltender isn't as good as fans would like to believe. We have a stud number one who is currently on the wrong side of 20, Clarmont and Wedgewood both became major duds, Clemmer won't be retained...

 

We don't really have that many prospects at this position if you think about it, especially skilled ones. I rather have done Merrill + this pick for Barzal but those freaking out about this pick are TRULY freaking out about nothing and/or are literally in-informed.

 

I totally disagree with this.   Who cares if we have prospects at goalie? Goalies are the toughest position to project and other than the top NHL starters, goalies are easy to acquire and have relatively little trade value compared to positional players. I don't think we have a single thing to show for the two 1sts and a 2nd we pissed away on Damphousse, Ahonen and Frazee other than maybe a handful of games played between them.  In the end, I think all of their minor league contracts eventually expired and they went on their way.  At least positional players that don't ascend to be one of the top 20 or so players at their position in the world can still hold a lot of value for the organization by filling out the lower lines and being an every night player.  Hell, if they still have holes in their game, they can at least be a situational player.  That's not to say we would have been guaranteed a valuable asset if we took a forward at 36/42 but there's a lot better chance than a positional player that will eventually help the organization in some way as compared to a goalie.     

     

Also, in terms of general strategy, there were a lot of goalies all ranked relatively close coming into the draft.  As of our pick at 42, the run on them hadn't started yet and as it turns out, it didn't start until well after our 3rd rounder.  I guess if our scouts truly felt that Blackwood was the guy who was eventually going to be a really good NHLer, then fine but if that was the case, why screw around trading down from 36?   If the Devils management just felt they needed to get a well regarded goalie into the pipeline, then they flat out bit way too soon.  At the time we made the 42nd selection, there was no reason to think that at least one or two of Blackwood, Vladar, Montembeault, Booth or Hill wouldn't be available 24 picks later.