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Why are players like this allowed to play in the NHL?

21 January 2015 - 06:51 PM

Zac Rinaldo is a piece of sh!t and he is out there trying to injure other players. I said a few years ago, that it's only a matter of time before he ends someone's career. He and a small handful of other players around the league need to be banned long term, none of this 5 game suspension crap. Players need to be protected.


Last night he injured Kris Letang with a vicious boarding penalty. He was interviewed (below) after the game and not only does he show no care for Letang's well-being, but he implies that the league is unfairly targeting players like himself to protect star players like Letang. At the end of the interview he even jokes about the hit, giving himself credit for helping the Flyers win and if you ask me, reveals the intentional nature of the hit.



He clearly has a screw (or two) loose but that's no excuse to let him run around on the ice.


The hit:




I can't really stand Wysh anymore, but I am glad he called out Rinaldo for this.




The backside of the shoulder not being “from behind” aside, the other issue for Rinaldo was that he was charging in to make the hit on a prone player and left his skates to drive Letang’s head into the glass.


Rinaldo’s response? “Hey, quit watching hits in slo-motion or else you’ll see all the illegal stuff!!!"


“I was going pretty fast. I think the impact of me hitting him sent them up a little bit. If you slow down any hit, you see guys every single hit [doing something] that can be criticized.


“I don’t think they should slow it down and dissect every little thing.”




But if there’s one thing we love about Zac Rinaldo, it’s that he knows to always leave’em laughing after discussing how he potentially concussed an opponent with a hit that will likely earn him a half-dozen games or more suspension.


Say Zac … didja see how crazy the game was in the second period with all those fights? As he said with a smirk:


“Yeah, I changed the whole game, man. [Expletive], who knows what the game would have been like if I didn’t do what I did?”

Ryder Blames His Ice Time for Scoring Drought

22 December 2014 - 04:27 PM

So how do we all feel about Ryder blaming his lack of ice time for his inability to score?




“When you only play 14, 12, 10 minutes a night, it’s hard to produce. Guys that score 25 goals in the league, just look at all their ice times. It’s a big difference.”


Ryder is averaging 14:30 in ice time per game. He played only 10:08 in Friday’s 3-2 shootout win over Tampa Bay, but that was partly because he spent eight minutes in the penalty box. He played only 12:02 in the 2-0 loss to Ottawa last Wednesday after playing 14:22 in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders last Monday.


He played 19:02, however, in the 4-3 loss in Dallas on Dec. 13.


“When you do play more, the games I did play 19 minutes, I think I played a lot better,” he said. “I’ve been like that my whole career. As the game goes on, you get more flow and you feel better. As the game goes on, the more you get in a rhythm and things happen a lot easier on the ice. When you don’t (get more ice time), it’s the same old stuff where you’re trying to force thing sometimes.”


Ryder sees the magic number as 16 minutes per game. As he noted, he’s played more than 16 minutes nine times. He’s played fewer than 13 minutes eight times in his 33 games.


“If you look at guys around the league who score goals, their average ice time is above 16 minutes a night,” Ryder said. “I just find it tough to produce when you play 12 minutes, 14, 10. It’s hard too because you get one chance a game, two chances, instead of five chances a game. I’ve played over 16 minutes nine times this year, so the games when do get (more ice time), I think I play better. I’ve been like that my whole career.

We aren't getting McDavid or Eichel, it's time to realize this

18 December 2014 - 11:06 AM

Okay, at this point I feel like this needs its own thread. The hope that we will get McDavid or Eichel by playing poorly has been uttered so much on this board that it has almost become a reasonable expectation for some. It's not going to happen, not unless we win the lottery again (aka not happening).


Triumph is right when he says our only hope is the draft, and so don't get me wrong, I hope that this prediction is wrong (I'm not). Unless of course you want to try and win the Cup year in and year out by signing the Michael Ryders of the world. We are not going to make the playoffs and we are ALSO not going to finish as one of the worst two teams. Such is the unfortunate result of being a team that has had years of low draft picks, bad draft picks, and retiring/fleeing stars and a GM who can always at least put a semi-decent team together.


And CR76 is also right when he says it looks like this team will be a mess for years to come. So buckle up.


We need to focus on the following scenarios:


1. One of our current prospects surprises us and matures into a star


2. We draft a steal in this years draft with our top 10 pick (unfortunately though, we aren't going to get the kind of talent that has launched dynasties like the Kings, Pens, and Hawks)


3. We trade this year's pick at its (potential) highest value and build from there (not rebuild)

GDT: Devs @ Isles: Swan Song for Nassau 7 pm

15 December 2014 - 01:24 PM

The last game at Nassau Coliseum for the Devils. Kinkaid in net where he grew up.






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Devils:                                                                           Islanders:



Forwards: Gomez - Zajac - Jagr                                   Kulemin (sucks) - Tavares (sucks) - Okposo (sucks)


                  Ruutu - Henrique - Ryder                             Grabovski - Nielsen - Bailey


                 Havlat - Gionta - Bernier                          Lee - Nelson - Strome


                 Sestito - Josefson - Tootoo                      Martin - Cziikas - Clutterbuck



Defensemen: Greene - Severson                                   Leddy (sucks) - de Haan (sucks)


                       Helgeson - Zidlicky                                    Visnovsky - Hickey


                       Gelinas - Merrill                                         Donovan - Reinhart


Goaltender: Kinkaid                                                         Halak (really sucks)


Scratched: Peter Harrold, Mike Sislo                                                          Brian Strait, Eric Boulton


Injured: Mike Cammalleri (lower body), Ryane Clowe (head),                     Johnny Boychuk (upper body), Travis Hamonic (upper body),

Patrik Elias (groin), Adam Larsson (mumps),                                                Michael Grabner (lower body), Matt Carkner (back)

Bryce Salvador (lower body), Dainius Zubrus (leg)




             DREAMS                     vs.                         REALITY


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Looking back at the '11 Draft: Larsson was the right pick

14 December 2014 - 03:02 PM

Looking back, even if we hadn't won the lottery, and someone else picked Larsson, there is no one else that would have been a better pick. The best argument to make, would be for Sean Couturier, who if we hadn't won the lottery and stayed in our original spot (8th), we would have been able to draft. Thoughts?




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