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In Topic: Zubrus to be bought out.

29 July 2015 - 02:50 PM

Good move. It's gonna be a weird season. Good in a lot of ways -- we needed a rebuild, and it'll be more interesting to watch the kids than the washed up vets whose skills we already knew. That said, a lot of the guys I liked and supported are gonna now. Really, Greene and Elias are the only ones I really love now. Nothing against Lars, Schneids, and the kids, but it's been awhile since we've had this many new faces.

In Topic: Lou is New Toronto GM

23 July 2015 - 11:27 AM

He was the best, but he's probably done. He was certainly no longer the right fit for us by the end, and I say that despite being a Lou defender. I don't think he's a huge loss now, but I don't know how I feel about the future. We had a long, great run with Lou in charge, and we may never experience something that good again, which doesn't mean he had to be here forever, but it's a good time to remember the run he gave us.

In Topic: Devils resign eric gelinas to 2 year deal

19 July 2015 - 10:17 AM

On Gelly: I'd like to see him paired with Lars. They played well together right when Gelly got called up, and due to coaching, injuries, and bad luck never got a chance to build on that. If Gelly's a disaster and needs to get benched or buried on the 3rd pairing, change it up, but IMO Lars is ready to play with anybody, and maybe this maximizes our assets. Rafalski was better with Stevens than he would have been with anyone else, and Nieds got a lot out of White. It's not always about putting your best d together and your worst.

As for the board, I think the team has a lot to do with the posting. They're bad, they were going to be bad when they lost their best offensive players in back to back years and didn't gave the draft picks to fix it, and they're a boring kind of bad. There's not much to say. The people who have a lot to say are often repeating the same stuff, making ridiculous pronouncements (the obsessive love and hate for Lou and Marty that is completely devoid of nuance), or both. I post a lot less because I have nothing valuable to say. I read less because much of what's on here is the same. This offseason is the first time in awhile the team has been interesting. I don't know that that will translate to on-ice success, but it certainly adds to the discussion.

In any case, complaints or not, this is still where I turn to talk about the Devils and learn about the Devils. It's a special board, and we should be grateful to DM, MSweet, and Rowdy for making it work. We should also do our best to keep it vibrant, respectful, and interesting, admittedly a more difficult task when our team isn't particularly vibrant or interesting.

In Topic: NHL Board Authorizes Formal Expansion Process

14 July 2015 - 11:14 AM

Going back to Vegas, I think the best comparison is Nashville. Rapidly growing metro area without much competition. Nashville had the advantage of a lot of auto workers from Detroit who already liked hockey moving in, but also had a football team. If Vegas is patient, they'll have fans in a generation as kids grow up, and right now will get people who like going to games, even if they root for someone else. The tourists are an interesting variable, but counting on tourists to generate income is a bad idea for a sports franchise. It will also be key to get people into hockey like Dallas did, rather than hoping it catches on magically like Atlanta or Phoenix. There's a reason southern expansion failed, and the desert isn't exactly a hockey market. Of course, they would have the advantage of being the only major league gig in town. IMO Seattle and Quebec are stronger, but Vegas could work, and since I don't see Phoenix being vible for much longer, 3 cities will probably be getting teams.

In Topic: John Hynes: New Devils Coach

01 June 2015 - 06:20 PM

Nice! Wanted us to go with a young up and comer rather than a lifer retread.