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Do the Devils Have a Moses?

20 July 2015 - 08:33 AM

Religion and hockey are a weird mix. Lately, I've been reading a book called America's Prophet by Bruce Feiler. Talks about Moses as a reoccuring figure and symbol throughout the history of America.

Regardless on your views of religion, the story of Moses can be broken down simply. Moses was chosen by God to lead the Jews from slavery out of Israel. Parted the Red Sea, 40 years in the desert, etc. Great leader and did everything possible for his people. Only catch is that while he guided his people to freedom and then 40 years in the desert very humbly, he never got to reach the Promised Land that he led the Jews to. He saw it, but was barred from entering and died shortly thereafter.

My question is, do you think the Devils currently have a player/coach/manager that can relate to Moses? Elias comes to mind, but he's already made the Promised Land (Cups). It would be hard to pick someone from 95-03 considering all the success had. I would think it would have to be an elder player from early 90's, or a current player now. Maybe Schneider? An all world goalie who keeps the Devils in games and by the time the Devils turn it around he may not be the same.

I am interested in hearing thoughts on this. If you don't believe in the Bible or the story itself, the concept still resonates.

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.