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#1265213 Halak signs 4-year deal with Isles

Posted by Daniel on 22 May 2014 - 02:47 PM

Seems like a pretty fair signing.


They'd better have a decent season next year...Buffalo has the Isles' 2015 first-round pick now.   


That could end up being the Sabres version of Kurvers to Toronto.  I mean imagine Buffalo ending up with two of McDavid, Eichel or Hanifan.  You figure they're going to draft someone who should turn out to be very good this year, that's basically a team could easily win at least four Cups within a decade. 


The Islanders are the gift that keeps on giving.  It's really a shame we're in the same division and haven't been in a position to take advantage of the Milbury/Snow level of stupidity. 

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#1265019 Confronting the Nightmare - UPDATE: NIGHTMARE OVER, KINGS WIN!

Posted by Daniel on 20 May 2014 - 04:36 PM

I've really been trying to put the thought of the Rangers winning it in the back of my mind but it's hard to keep out. What makes it horrible for me is my brother is a die hard Rangers fan so I know if they win it, I will never hear the end of it (I still hear about 94 but at least I can make fun of that being 20 years ago).


Even my extended family that never watches hockey is on the Rangers bandwagon now. At a wedding a few weeks ago one of them asked me (seriously) if I would be pulling for the Rangers with the Devils out since "they are the local team." I don't know what I'm going to do if the Kings or Blackhawks choke against them.


For whatever reason, this reminds me of an interview with Dennis Leary back in '94, I believe on Nightline.  At that time, he was just getting big, and he was doing commercials for the NHL on espn.  Basically, he's asked that isn't he thrilled that the Rangers won the Cup, to which he responds that he's a Bruins fan and hopes it takes another 50 years for Rags to win another.


Basically, you have the everyday media also believing that the Rangers are the end all be all and assuming that everyone is rooting for the Rangers, a one percent kind of organization if there ever was one.  We will never hear the end of this. 


My only hope is that Bill DeBlasio whips out some of his class warfare rhetoric and says that the city should not be paying for a parade that will be attended by rich hockey fans.  Bill if you're reading this, I will give a nice donation to your campaign and stop complaining about my taxes if you do this.

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#1262953 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

Posted by Daniel on 30 April 2014 - 08:37 PM

stick around for the confetti, balloons, and banner raising

Don't forget that Benoit Puliot's number will be retired as well.

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#1262103 Earnest Congratulations To The Devils

Posted by Daniel on 23 April 2014 - 07:54 AM

Y'know I didn't mean those things. Please come back. Come back from Russia and I won't ever make you play defense again. I swear baby I am a changed man. And you know that time you said you wanted us to try stuff out with your friend Ryan. We can. Bring him over. I know how close you two are. I swear i won't get all jealous. Give me another chance. I know i you said you have seen my with that Ryder chick and your friend saw me with Brunner but they are nothing compared to you.

Look, I know there was that one night stand with that chick in the bar Butler, but that was just a rebound thing. And yes, while we were together I would inexplicably call up that girl from my sophomore year Pikarainen. But things are different now.

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#1261045 2014 Draft Thread

Posted by Daniel on 14 April 2014 - 10:46 AM

A lot of fans, including myself, said they wouldn't be too upset giving up a pick that's not in the top 10. So, NJ finished 20th, which would've given us 11 overall. Before the above declaration, we didn't have the 30th pick, so I guess downgrading 20 picks isn't the end of the world (though you're more likely to get an impact player at 11).

So here are NJ's picks:

1st round- 30
2nd round- 41
3rd round- 71
4th round- NO PICK (WPG for Ponikarovsky)
5th round- 131
6th round- 161
7th round- NO PICK (Arizona for Sullivan)

Best way to think about it is that we took the 29th in 2012 and 30th in 2014 for the 10th in 2014.

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#1256192 So I'm Interviewing James Dolan

Posted by Daniel on 27 March 2014 - 12:25 PM




So after negotcating with Dolan's PR this is the response I get from his publicist:


"Hey Mike — Sorry for the delay on this, it’s been an insane week. We aren’t going to be able to do this around anything other than the band itself, not really anything outside of that (meaning the 12-12-12 concert would be off limits actually) 

I appreciate you calling the office to get in touch but I can already tell you I have back to back meetings tomorrow afternoon so let’s pick a specific time to chat if you would prefer chatting on the phone about this."
Womp, womp, womp.
What a bust. You know how many questions I can come up for his band? Maybe three at the most. JD and the Straight Shot isn't supposed to be the "focial point" of an interview. What a waste. You have someone as in-depth of a potential interviewee as Dolan and you are that restricted? Ugh. So disapointing.



I can think of some questions... "So how did drafting Hugh Jessiman impact the cohesion of the band?"  "Will the band perform a special song when St. Louis finally scores a goal?"  "I heard a rumor that you're writing a song called "Henrique, It's Over".

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#1253619 The New Jersey Devils: Unluckiest Team in the NHL

Posted by Daniel on 18 March 2014 - 01:57 PM

The problem is is that we were one of the unluckiest teams in the league last year too if I recall correctly.  Eventually we might have to come up with some explanation as to why the planes aren't landing.

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#1251588 GDT Carolina @ Devils 7:00 PM

Posted by Daniel on 09 March 2014 - 02:29 PM

No Cory's going to walk because A) he doesn't owe us anything, and B) we're not going to find out enough about him to offer him a big-money deal this offseason (i.e. how he handles 55+ games and a stretch run) trying to placate Marty. Especially if placating Marty extends into next year and we go through this circus AGAIN.

It's not about wanting MB30 to retire, it's about wanting him to shut the **** up already. This constant drama every week is getting Favre-esque. He wants to leave, he wants to play more, he keeps going to Lou to reassess everything, he's mad he didn't get traded...it's just unseemly. You can respect the guy for the 20+ years he gave us and still take him to task for diva behavior and call him out for not playing well when he does ***** about playing time.

Oy vey. Cory will be signed this summer or traded. I think Lou will or probably has already offered him Rask money. You do not make that trade if you are not going to offer him what it takes to stay, or if you think Marty is a long term solution, which everyone including Lou knew when he made the trade in the first place.

And anyone that brings up Zach in response should be banned. For the last time, the new CBA is designed to give teams with impending UFAs predictability as to whether they can expect to sign a player to a new deal. It's the reason why every impending coveted UFA that could expect to get some kind of long term deal with the exception of Statsny was traded before the deadline. You look at the return that Buffalo got for Miller. We would expect to get more for Schneider.

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#1250362 We Got Rutuu

Posted by Daniel on 05 March 2014 - 06:56 PM

Whatever you think of Lou, the trade deadline, the Ruutu trade, or anything else...the fact that he referenced 2009 when discussing Ruutu (his last good year) and the reasons for bringing him...is not only strange, not only concerning, but more like 'code red Lou might have lost it' bad.


It's 2014. He has two more years left on his deal. This is fvcking insane.


It used to be cute when Lou brought in ex-Devil after ex-Devil back, no matter how many years in between. But it has become quite clear that Lou knows very little and trusts very few people to help him scout at the NHL level.


I think some people need to calm down and have a little bit of perspective. 


The years and the salary are not the end of the world.  Even without knowing how much salary Carolina is picking up, this is not going to be a cap team, and with some maneuvering, you can probably still afford a big ticket free agent like Statsny even if that would have been in the cards in the first place, which is a huge assumption to make.  


And he's not an immovable object.  At the trade deadline next year, he has one more year when the cap the following year maybe be as high as $75 million, and you could further dice up his salary if need be.   He might even be of use to a cap floor team. 


Before you blow your lid on Lou referencing 2009, I suggest you read the entirety of what he said.  He said that Ruutu is a top 9 forward, i.e. third line forward.  He mentioned his 26 goal season in the context of saying that he believes there's some kind of offensive upside, especially in light of the fact that he had a good Olympics (which Lou also mentioned) and that he's not young, but he isn't ancient either.  In other words, the Devils wanted another big nasty guy to play on the third line, but we might be pleasantly surprised with his offense.  So this isn't like Lou making a trade for Dany Heatley last season and saying he's excited because he was formerly a 50 goal scorer. 


We'll know this offseason whether Lou is really living in the past, if he hasn't completely lost his marbles.  If he gives Marty an extension, even at the league minimum, it'll be a really bad sign.  Same if he does nothing to alleviate the defensive logjam, if he extends Bernier, Gionta or Carter for longer than one year, if he does something really stupid with the young defensemen, or if he decides to play hard ball with Schneider.   At this point though, I think it's unfair to assume that he'll do any of that, and the smart money says that he actually won't.

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#1243563 Discuss - Most Likely Trade Deadline Targets

Posted by Daniel on 03 February 2014 - 08:56 AM

I'll say it again, my dark horse trade deadline candidate is Salvador.  He's got that leadership quality that some GMs find attractive at the trade deadline, he doesn't have an NTC and his contract really isn't that bad (one more year for basically what an average non-ELC defenseman makes).  I think Lou's confident that Harrold can step in to the bottom pairing.  I guess it's really dependent on how confident Lou is that Larsson is ready to be a full-time NHLer again, or Gelinas for that matter.  Assuming that Volchenkov will be in and out of the line-up with various bumps and bruises, here's what a non-Salvador defense corps might look like.






I'm not familiar with the defense corps of a lot of potential trade partners, so it's hard for me to say where he would end up.  I suppose you could trade him for Parenteau.  Colorado would probably want to dump his salary and his production is set to decline anyway.  I really never liked him, but he's supposed to be good in shoot-outs. 


Trading one of the young defenseman doesn't make a lot of sense.  Would be one thing if we're a guaranteed playoff team like 2009-2010, but obviously not the case right now.  I don't see younger players that will be under a team's control available (like Kane).  People brought up the idea of a sign/trade for Statsny.  Usually word gets out that a team has given permission for one of its UFAs to be to talk to other teams -- like Callahan -- but haven't heard any news like that on Statsny.

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#1243299 Fire DeBoer Thread

Posted by Daniel on 01 February 2014 - 10:24 AM

More and more people are begging for it. Me, I'm not quite there yet. He's done a lot with a team that can't score goals. He was not as sentimental with Marty as a lot of people expected.

There's the player development issue, but I think it's a little overblown myself. He played Henrique consistently as a rookie, and Larsson as well until he got hurt. And when Larsson came back he was dreadful for certain stretches.

If you think the young guys not getting playing time is a huge issue, you have to blame Lou. Fact is, DeBoer is there to put the best lineup on the ice on a particular night. And for all you Gionta haters, he's simply been better than Josefson and Loktionov. And even if not, it's not the difference between winning and losing games. And neither of those guys would have been spectacular but for DeBoer ruining their confidence. It's Lou that put Larsson in the minors, and keeps Harrold on the roster, and decided to give Salvador the captaincy and a three year deal. It's Lou that decides to give Zidlicky another year. You can hardly blame DeBoer for not scratching Salvador or Zidlicky or whoever you don't like so Larsson can play regularly.

I know feisty posted that quote on his twitter account from Kulikov about DeBoer scaring rookies. Well, the Panthers still kind of stink, and Kulikov is part of that stinkiness. So maybe he wasn't that great to start with. It happens, although than you get to the chicken and the egg problem.

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#1242371 Martin Brodeur still pondering trade from Devils this season

Posted by Daniel on 29 January 2014 - 01:55 PM



 The less he says, the better off he really is.   


And that's probably not even true.  He keeps his answers short with no substance, it's obviously a sign that he's disgruntled and secretly plotting with Jeff Gilooly and Tanya Harding to have Cory's knee bashed in in the parking lot after practice.

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#1236532 Urbom claimed off waivers by Washington then by Devils from WSH

Posted by Daniel on 07 January 2014 - 06:45 PM

Eh, the people who criticize this are in The Cult of the New.

The Cult Of The New have a few basic precepts:

A: Young players are always better than old players
B: Everyone's a prospect until they aren't
C: Everyone who was once a top pick continues to be an intriguing NHL player until he turns about 32. (exceptions: players who actually get NHL ice time)

Urbom was a nice prospect but it didn't come together for him and it's not coming together for him in Washington, either. He'll probably bounce around the league for a while and maybe things come together for him and he becomes a 20 minute a game defender, but it doesn't look likely at this juncture.

I would add another one: All other teams would be extremely interested in parting with something of value (maybe even significant value) for any of our prospects that were rated above a 7.5C by Hockey's Future if only Lou weren't so stubborn.

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#1235583 Tedenby on Waivers

Posted by Daniel on 03 January 2014 - 12:50 PM

Per TG


Or as the Dude would say, "They finally did it, they killed my fvcking car".

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#1231622 GDT. Rangers vs Devils

Posted by Daniel on 09 December 2013 - 12:11 PM

Nothing... On paper, maybe their team 2 years ago was better than ours, it might have been the deepest Rangers team in a decade or two. But Sather traded half that team away.


This year's Rangers are NOT a good team, by any stretch of the imagination. When you look at the losses they've compiled, they let in 3-4 goals, they've lost 9-2, they've lost 7-0, they just lost 4-1 yesterday. They're the most inconsistent team in the league and I think they're due for a bad run soon.


If I had to pick one, I'd rather be in the situation the Devils are in, where we're keeping games extremely tight, losing games in the shootout, losing games by 1 goal at worst. 9 times out of 10, DeBoer has been able to keep the compete level extremely high, outside of a few games here and there. We're beating teams like the Penguins, the Bruins, the Ducks, Kings; we're winning in adverse conditions, winning in OT situations, and would be in a much better position right now if we didn't have 3 of the most unlucky weeks to start the season off. Let's face it, we were unlucky; the level of play was there game-in and game-out and we'd be in 2nd place in our division with one or two more positive results during that month or two of bad luck.


The Devils and the Rangers are pretty even I would say.  The Rangers were playing without Nash for a couple of weeks, remember.


The Rangers will always go as far as their goaltending will take them.  Lunqvist has had a fairly down year so far, but you would expect him to reverse things if he isn't starting to already.  I think the Devils and Rangers will be neck and neck until the end of the season.

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