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In Topic: Zubrus to be bought out.

Yesterday, 11:57 AM

No, it doesnt really matter in the grand scheme of things because if Elias is pissed,  he wont be a Devils in 11 months. I agree that Ruutu was meant to be an upgrade over Zubrus but he hasnt been terribly impressive either.


Not that it matters, since we're going to be awful, but hopefully Matteau can be an effective player


I should add, I don't think he'd be pissed either. Maybe sadness for a friend going and someone else deciding when his career is over, but the facts are the facts. The Devils have missed the playoffs three straight years. Zubrus played a ton of hockey over those three years, and has been atrocious for the last year and a half.

In Topic: Zubrus to be bought out.

Yesterday, 11:24 AM

Wow. I wonder how that's going to sit with long timers like Elias and Greene


Does it matter? The Devils traded for Ruutu to be an upgrade over Zubrus. He always has been, but besides 15 games to start his Devil career, he found himself stuck on the 4th line. They already re-signed Tootoo. You want to give Matteau and maybe some other youngsters opportunities. There simply was no room.


BTW, he is finished as a hockey player. I wrote this at the end of the year:




The amount of ice-time Dainius Zubrus somehow got to average per game this season. With it, he had 4 goals and 6 assists in 74 games. That's incredible for someone who found himself on the 4th line for only a few games. Started the year on the wonderful second line with Patrik Elias and Martin Havlat, got a chance to play on the first line with Jagr, and ended the year playing with Elias. Zubrus joins Jay McClement (last year), Travis Moen (07-08), Alex Henry (03-04), Bob Corkum (01-02) and Ian Moran (98-99), as players that averaged more than 14:30 a game and had 10 or less points (minimum 1000min). 


Call Dainius Zubrus a lot of things this season, but don’t call him unlucky. He went 50 games between scoring his 2nd and 3rd goal. In an extra horrible stretch after he came back from injury, Zubrus was held without a shot in 20 of the 30 games before finally scoring. During that 30 game stretch, he had just one more shot than minor penalties (14 shots to 13 minors).

In Topic: 2015 NHL Off-season Thread

28 July 2015 - 10:44 AM

Brandon Sutter to Vancouver for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening, and a pick: Pittsburgh Penguins ‏@penguins:
#Pens acquire Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening & a 2nd round pick in ’16 for Brandon Sutter and a 3rd round pick in ’16.
Pens also signed Eric Fehr.


WTF Vancouver.

In Topic: Tom Fitzgerald named Assistant GM

24 July 2015 - 01:26 PM

I love Holik, but the guy who ran to the Rags for the money should keep his yap shut about loyalty.
This is actually an incredibly sad commentary about what our society has become.


And one I don't think that's necessarily true at all. 

In Topic: Lou is New Toronto GM

24 July 2015 - 10:47 AM

This is what TG wrote:



 He didn't leave when VDB was still owner, he left now.  Sure he thought about it, that's why he said 5 years.  But he left today, not 5 years ago.  You guys are just giving the owners every benefit of the doubt.  Sure you can make tangential claims like, "Who would we have gotten?" but we won't know because we don't know the restrictions they were under.  Maybe we trade for Kessel, maybe we signed Statsny, maybe a lot of things.  But when the GM and President references financials as a reason he left, it wasn't because of the guy that signed his checks a couple years ago; that would be irrational of him.  That isn't reading into anything, that is reading common, rational human action.  VDB is to blame for the financial struggles and why Lou began to feel shackled, but Lou stayed on beyond VDB and left with these owners.  He did have the itch still but he referenced financial restrictions of why he didn't stay in NJ too.  You can't ignore that.



This isn't about giving the owners benefit of the doubt or not. It's hard to understand exactly what Lou said or not, and even if he blamed everything on the new owners, would it bother me? No.


These owners have deep deep pockets. They spent a ton of money on other things within the organization, and up to this off-season, I am betting Lou would have been able to sign any free agent he'd want. 


As for what Lou was probably saying, it's mostly about the Parise stuff. That's where the organization has not been able to recover from. Not only did they not sign him, but that off-season they didn't replace him with a single NHL free agent. Plan B(utler) was a shame. Lou couldn't do a thing, so I think that's mostly what he is referring too.


Obviously, the Devils are where they are now for a reason, but I don't think Lou was told the Devils would not be spending money this off-season in Feb or March when he was already looking for a new GM.