I like PDB, but I don't think he has much more room for showings like this. And I am not even sure if he is the problem. Getting rid of him could make things worse.
Smartest comment I've seen in the aftermath of last night's game, and this is the truth.
We've gotten miles better at the things we were completely lacking in last year (scoring goals). And now our problems are in our fundamentals, the Devils defensive fundamentals. I can't help but think our defense and goaltending even out sooner than later. The way we're losing is troubling and I think it has to do with our leadership. Elias looks a step behind, Salvador forget it, Greene hasn't had the most perfect start; these are our leaders. How are our super young defenseman supposed to take the cue to raise their level of play or fitness or concentration at a moment in a game when our main leaders aren't? And in many cases, they ARE, and the veterans are mucking it up themselves.
Granted, I think these things will level out. And when they do, it seems like our 2nd and 3rd and 4th lines are doing okay enough to win most games, which was always my concern last year going into this year. I'm not at all worried about Schneider or 3/4 of our defense in the long run.
For all of you that might be lurking, you're like an army of even stupider John Sterlings. You have ruined the experience. Congratulations.
What experience? The building has been quieter than a library this year. It's a joke.
The New York Red Bulls clinched a playoff game at home on Thursday night, same night that we play Winnipeg at home. I'm selling my Devils tickets and going to Red Bull Arena instead, because Devs home games have been silent, and boring as sh!t this season, and we've lost all three. What experience are you talking about???
If Larsson wasn't a top ten pick, he would have spent another year in Sweden, then a year or 2 in the AHL and would be a rookie last year or this year. He's still the youngest defenseman on the team other than Severson.
That would be like cutting the cord on Merrill before last season, or on Gelinas in 2012, or Andy Greene while he was still in college.
This 1000 times!
I'll reserve judgment on Larsson's career as a whole until he's 25 or 26.
Loved Carter, he was a good soldier and the few goals he scored were when it counted (and against the Rangers) haha.. But not much of a loss.
Tootoo did what he needed to do to make this team, Carter didn't; and he and Ruutu will make our 4th line better, there's really no other way to assess it.
If Henrique continues his upward trajectory, Ryder does indeed play better than he did last season (as we all noticed this camp), and with our additions, all four lines got considerably better. It's hard not to be excited for this season. People somehow upset about Carter are afraid of change, and sorry but *some* change is exactly what any team needs after missing the playoffs two season in a row.
Amsterdam is dirty. Those who don't think so had their judgement affected by the local "cuisine"
New York is dirty, Miami's dirty, Los Angeles is dirty, Honolulu's dirty, doesn't mean you right off a trip to any of these places entirely, unless you're a real clean-freak, which is fine, but that's not how I evaluate travel destinations! Different strokes, I guess!
Yeah I'm completely done referencing any sort of Kings win now or before Friday. If the Rangers could pull a win like this out of the deepest and holiest crevices of Henrik's ass, who knows what else they're capable of. They've been lucky all playoffs and tonight was just the culmination. This series ain't over and I won't be talking about the outcome until I see a Stanley Cup hoisted in the air.
fvcking sick of this Rangers team, this nightmare needs to end already.
My biggest gripe with the new structure is that a Bruins-Habs or Devils-Rangers or Philly-Penguins is super unlikely to happen on a big stage. You saw it play out this year just like many of us imagined it. The passionate Bruins-Habs series closes out and what follows? Rangers-Habs, with a complete lack of intensity or emotion for 85% of the series. I've never seen such a tame matchup of sissy teams. You wouldn't have known a Finals berth was on the line by looking at the Habs play, they left their heart in Boston.
I don't know why we're picking "Brunner or Ryder", like we have 4 stacked lines of great players throughout or something. There were a couple games we had Stephen Gionta on the 2nd line playing with Elias. Hell, who knows where Ryane Clowe stands going into next season... We were even using Gelinas a winger. This is the New Jersey Devils offensive depth chart, and it's reeeeeeally bad.
We absolutely need first line offensive talent so that the move of Ryder/Brunner to the 3rd line can be made, no-brainer. Until then, there's no use debating which one we could do without, because we need everyone we can, just to still be "not good enough" haha... I may be in the minority here but I think we still need both players going into next season.
Neither contract is really that bad; the problem is not Brunner or Ryder, it's that we needed them to be the 1st liners that they really aren't. We're not all crapping on Zubrus, are we? No. But why not? Out of the 3, he was the least value for money...