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In Topic: BEER

16 August 2014 - 04:59 PM

The flavored beer - like a Maple beer -- I somehow have grown out of them :( I had that Creme Brulee beer the other day and it was like drinking hazelnut coffee -- it was just wrong to my taste buds. I'm anxious I'm not going to like pumkin ales this season.


Wouldn't worry too much; I couldn't stand crime brûlée stout either, way too sweet, and I actually like sweet beers.

In Topic: Can we get some line speculation going here please?

12 August 2014 - 09:33 AM

Any chance that Gelinas might be traded since he is still un-signed?  Him and Carter seem to be the only players left without a contract from last year's team and while I can see Carter's reason for being un-signed (probably wants money and looking at fit) but Gelinas not being signed so far is odd.
I know Henrique wasn't signed last year until shortly before training camp but I don't think it's fair to compare them.

Unless Scarlett's farther along than we think, not likely. We'd be short d, short of reading d for d, and I don't see anyone giving up someone better or cheaper. Gelinas has a ton of potential, but he's risky enough nobody's gonna give much up to get him.

In Topic: BEER

11 August 2014 - 04:54 PM

It drives me crazy, because that used to be how I knew stores were bringing out old beer, but now the breweries are just out of whack with their seasonals.

In Topic: Can we get some line speculation going here please?

10 August 2014 - 09:33 PM

Matteau didn't even reach a point every other game last year in the AHL, and it's not like he was snakebitten S%-wise either and he played on a team that wasn't snakebit too.  I like him and I think he will be an NHL player, but that isn't very good, and it's certainly not indicative of someone ready to be given 12-14 minutes on a team that has playoff aspirations.  This is especially true when you consider that he has one season of waiver ineligibility left, so the Devils have to be preparing to have him on the roster next year.  I realize you could easily say the same about Gionta, and I'm not a huge fan, but he did not have a bad season last year.  Gionta plays a stellar bit of low-event hockey.  He's not going to give your line a ton of offense, obviously, but defensively that line was quite good.  He fulfills a role.  Late in games when NJ is ahead he can be subbed in at RW for any of the Devils horrendous RWs.  
The larger point is that firing the coach over that is utterly ridiculous.

Good point re. Matteau.

Re. DeBoer, I'd agree if we had reason to be impressed with him. He's missed the cup 2 years in a row, though, and while he's done some things right, he's made some mistakes in youth development. I've given him the benefit of the doubt, because he's dealt with injuries, and bad rosters. If they stay fairly healthy, he doesn't have excuses this year. The forwards on this team are far from perfect, but there's decent talent for the right coach/system. If DeBo rolls Gionta, he doesn't know how to use the roster he has. Maybe I'll be wrong, and Gionta will play and they'll make the playoffs with a decent seed, but I doubt it.

In Topic: Can we get some line speculation going here please?

07 August 2014 - 07:39 PM

Ridiculous.  First of all, you don't win and lose games with your 4th line.  Second, Boucher and Matteau have AHL eligibility left and they should be there instead of getting a 4th line role here.  Matteau only has this year left in the AHL, so he should stay down there unless he's getting top 9 minutes here.  Third, what happens in other areas is exponentially more important than who plays on a given night - coaches do a lot more than just put up a lineup then roll lines.


Gionta could play his way out of the lineup - and I know this is unlikely, but it *could* happen - but he'll be in there opening night, and I think he deserves to be.

This team needs to roll 4 lines, and play all of them decent minutes. They can't expect Jagr to play the same minutes he played last year. The only way they have enough forward talent is if the 4th line is more like a traditional 3rd line, which means the kids will get minutes. I could see Boucher getting AHL minutes, but IMO Matteau is good enough to get top 9 minutes, or close to it. Even ignoring him, Gionta is not one of the top 12 forwards on this team. I've defended him in the past, but they absolutely need to move on. 


Gionta HAS played his way out of the lineup. Last couple years, there's been no one to replace him, unless you have some love for Tim Sestito. That's just not true anymore.

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