Well thats the thing i watched Matteau played in his draft year and he was playing 3rd line sometimes 2nd line in junior... how often did a 3rd line guy from juniors made the NHL and had an impact? Not saying it never happened but you know lol
He played on the U.S. Development team in his draft year.
From what I have read, you waive some HIPAA laws when becoming a part of the players union.
I imagine that has to do with the team having access to its players medical records, or at least requiring the team to have access to them, and teams being able to report the basics of injuries for weekly injury reports, placing players on injured reserved, etc. I can't imagine that union agreed to that its members actual medical records could be publicly disclosed.
I'm still reading the tea leaves and guessing that Kessel is in the works. At the deadline Lou was working the phones pretty hard according to TG and Chere who could see it at practice. Seems like a lot of effort to trade Zidlicky to the one place he was willing to go to.
Then you add the fact that Kessel was on the block but you didn't hear anything from Canadian media about specific teams involved, unlike Phaneuf where you more or less had a play by play of the negotiations with Detroit. Lou basically made sure the Schneider trade remained under wraps even though the deal was reached the night before.
The hold up, I'm guessing was that Toronto was hoping for this year's first. So if the Devils are picking below 10 and finish up the season strong, you might see s deadline day deal. Otherwise it would be 2016 hopefully lottery protected.
And what do you know, Craig Custance wrote an article where he asked a couple of GMs what it would take to trade the number 1 pick this year assuming there's no Lindros type situation. (Behind paywall unfortunately).
“It would have to be built around a young stud,” he answered, naming a couple superstar players in the league who would qualify, guys up for major awards right now. “But how many GMs are in position to expose themselves to being wrong?”
On Monday, following the first day of the NHL general managers meeting, this same question was posed to Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, another GM whose team is fighting for a playoff spot. If the Jets don’t make it, they’ll likely fall into one of those final lottery positions, the kind that have a less than one percent chance of earning the No. 1 pick.
But if lightning strikes, what would it take him to trade out of it?
“Probably a new general manager,” Cheveldayoff said, laughing. “When special players like that come around, they certainly can make an impact.”
Really, there’s one GM most qualified to answer that question. Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray currently runs the franchise most likely to win the draft lottery, and barring a late-season charge, will have a 20 percent chance of landing the McDavid pick when the NHL hosts its draft lottery. To a guy like Cheveldayoff, the price to trade McDavid is more of a thought exercise. To a guy like Murray, it may be a question he actually faces.
“It would be impossible -- almost impossible for me to move it,” Murray said on Monday afternoon. “I can’t give you names, right?”
But I guess these guys don't know anything about hockey.
There isn't a single player dead or alive that makes this team a playoff team.
This is plain wrong. The Devils could very well finish this season a few games above NHL .500. You have arguably one of the top five goalies in the league and a defense that should get better next year. Adding a center that will conservatively put up 70 points -- with pretty much nothing in production lost by whoever he's replacing -- does make this a good bet to be a playoff team.
I'll also add that he people that just respond saying "you don't know anything about hockey" generally don't know what they're talking about.
Tanking is not the right way to do this, just draft and develop better like Tampa Bay.
Notice how Tampa's roster has players who were picked numbers 1, 2 and 4 overall all of whom are under 25. And they sold high on an aging player for two first round picks, albeit he forced their hand, and not everyone has a player that can fetch that kind of return.
Again, we're not talking about getting rid of everyone. Just players that are likely not going to be here after this year, when there's a legitimate shot at a generational talent. If the foundation of a good team is already in place (debatable, but that seems to be your premise) then there's no downside to taking that approach.
I do hate that one. I am so tired of all of the commercials on the MSG telecast. Even that Ray Catena commercial where the couple buys a car and at the end are seemingly as satisfied as after sex with, "That was amazing". I have been muting the TV for a while now.
Ray Catena's ads are actually pretty helpful. I was planning to go to his showroom to seek help with my family affairs and life in general. But when I saw his ad, I realized he's only there to take care of my car, so I stayed home.
I'm indifferent to this debate but come on, embarrassed to root for your team cause people say you suck? Gimme a break. Who gives a sh!t what other people do and even more so who cares what other people think of our fan base.
I'm embarrassed for a number of reasons, not really because they like to say "you suck". As another poster mentioned, and quite sharply, the new ownership and management team is the reason the team is not bankrupt, has spent millions of dollars upgrading the arena, and is committed to keeping the team in NJ and building its own identity. Yet these morons will make t-shirts that tell a member of that management team to get lost because of a chant that half of the fanbase didn't care for in the first place. They've tried several times to have a goal song that everyone can get behind, including taking the effort to make an original one. Yet their low IQ baboon brains can't resist the urge to say "you suck" when it doesn't work, especially when we're losing 3-0. And not to mention that they boo after the Devils score a goal because they don't get tell the other team that it sucks at that particular moment.
The more the YS people talk, the more I despise them because they make me embarrassed to root for the team I have followed for more than 25 years. A complete and utter bunch of a$$holes. You morons ruin everything.