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In Topic: Devils name Paul Castron Director of Scouting

31 July 2015 - 02:39 PM

He also had the opportunity to work under Jarmo Kekelinen the last few years which can only help.    

In Topic: 2015 NHL Off-season Thread

31 July 2015 - 10:39 AM

To be fair to both sides, we (the Devils) are not without our own fault or shadiness either. 


Didn't Lou invent the whole "trading an injured player/dead contract" scheme. I forgot who the player was (was it Malakhov?) but Lou was one of the first. Also, the Kovalchuk debacle will go down in history as probably the only situation of its kind. Until a full tell-all report is written by Lou one day that tells me otherwise, til the day I die I will believe that it wasn't Kovalchuk's decision to leave the Devils for the KHL. At the time, I remember most of the league's fans reacting in our favor, like "Damn, Devils got screwed," or "Good riddance, have fun in the KHL!" or stuff like that. But if I were an opposing fan (and now looking back), I'd be way more skeptical. I have no doubt there was a 10 person meeting at the NHL offices between Bettman, Vanderbeek, Lou, and the owners, and the Kovalchuk scenario was drawn up there to facilitate the sale of the organization to Harris & co. We'll never know how close to the brink Vanderbeek pushed us to financially/ownership-wise, because of that meeting and because of what Kovalchuk did. If I WERE a Rangers or Flyers fan, this would piss me off.


I'm not sure it was that much of a conspiracy.  I seem to remember Kovy was making a lot of noise during the last lockout about staying in Russia if the escrow got too big, etc. 


Frankly, I don't think Lou ever wanted that long term deal with Kovy, especially if you believe that it eventually cost him Parise.   I think it was probably as simple as Lou saw the Kovys unhappiness as an opportunity to get out of a deal that he thought would hamstring the team long term.   With JVBs financial troubles, the new recapture penalties and Kovys back issues, all items that were not as prevalent at the time the deal was signed, JVB probably had a change of heart about that contract as well.      

In Topic: Devils 2014-2015 Off Season Thread

06 July 2015 - 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.