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How We Got Here

10 June 2015 - 11:40 AM

Dynasties rarely rise and fall with grace, the Devils are living proof of that. I think next year is the last year of regression, the bottom will fall out, and we'll be back on the path to success.

Purpose of this thread is not self pity but curiosity and discussion. The question I am posing is what single event most strongly pushed us down the path to irrelevancy? Unacceptable answers include: "There's been a long list of blunders by Lou." Duh, we know this. Knife to your gut, pick the single strongest reason/move/accident.

I'll go with Tedenby busting. Everyone knows how putrid our drafts had been acquiring forward talent, but Tedenby seemed like the right pick at the time. Speed, skills, hands. Drawing St. Louis comparisons, IIRC. Had he developed into a perennial 25 goal scorer, I think you could make a case for the playoffs in 2013 and 13/14. Not that he's worth 10 wins, but give 25 more goals for those years, I think we find a way to get in.

Building a Contender

08 April 2015 - 08:31 AM

I had a much better post written out last night and when I went to post it deleted. Anyway:

The premise was despite the Devils needing an entire top line, that could take 3 years or longer to build. The fastest way to improve is to remove the blackholes. Idea was sparked by SM in chat last night. Remove Fraser, Zubrus, Gelinas for starters and replace them with "replacement level" players. Someone who can at least pull their own weight.

NJ is in a tricky situation. Half the fanbase sees the glass half full; 2/3 full actually, as BB keeps saying. Defense and goalie have been gutted over the course of three years into a strength. Schneider, Merrill, Larsson, and Severson here now with a platoon of others (Santini, Jacobs, etc.) waiting in the wings.

Others have an opinion of NJ being beyond doomed with no forwards, no significant forward prospects, and no reason to believe that'll change with Conte's draft record of the last decade. They feel the last drops of water have evaporated a couple years ago.

The Devils should be doing everything they can to acquire top talent. Whether or not they are able to land it, NJ should focus on improving the bottom five players on the roster as Bill Parcells was obsessed with. The forward corps is weak right now. If they can be improved to mediocre, add the right coach, and Schneider posts a .925% this team will be in the mix next year.