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Posted by devilsrule33 on 15 April 2015 - 06:01 PM
Thanks everyone. Glad you guys enjoyed it. You never know what's going to turn out funny when you start writing a post at 12:30AM.
Posted by devilsrule33 on 15 April 2015 - 01:22 AM
I feel like a jerk. I was warned about how bad this season was going to be, and I kept it to myself rather than sharing it with the NJDEVS community. I could have spared everyone from watching this season, but instead you guys and gals got 82 games of hell. There's no more secrets between us. Time to fill you in on how I knew.
Opening night...Present Day Me has settled down to watch Game 1 of the '14-15 season Devils season vs the Flyers when suddenly a fatter, balder, grayer-haired me appears through a wormhole out of breathe
Future Me: It's me or you from the future. I don't have a lot of time, but just you got to trust me. Turn the game off and skip the season. Look at me.
Present-Day Me: Holy sh!t, you look and sound fvcking terrible. You reek of booze too.
FM: I know, and this is precisely why you can't watch this season. This is going to be you if you follow the team this year.
PM: No way, I am digging this team. Things are going to turn around. You know why I think that? Ryder's already scored with an assist from Clowe. If that isn't a sign, I don't know what else could be.
The TV is still on and we hear "SCAAAAAR! Henrique!"
PM: See. 2-0 Devils! And guess who got the assist....Ryder!!
Minutes later..."SCAAAAAARRR. Cammalleri's 1st as a Devil from Jagr. The first of many connections between these two. I can guarantee you that!"
FM: (to himself) sh!t, I've come too late. Any longer, and he's going to see Ryder get another point, Havlat get a point, and Cammalleri score again from Jagr. He's even going to see a Zubrus goal. That's going to be the only 6-goal game of the season. Then the next game he'll see a 4-goal 1st period with Severson getting his first NHL goal and assist, Gelinas grab two assists, Havlat scoring and Cammalleri scoring again. Oh sh!t, I forgot about the Ryane Clowe goal in the 2nd from Ryder. It'll be too late, and he'll be stuck following all 82 games. Crap crap crap...
PM: Lou has done it again. He's reinvented this team. They are back baby!
FM: Listen, I'm not supposed to give you specific details of the future, and I have to go back soon, but you're giving me no choice. So I'm going to make this quick, but first I have to do something...
FM Slaps PM across the face
PM: Owwwww, what the fvck was that for!?!?!
FM: I'm sorry, I promised myself if I ever saw me from the past, I'd slap him for even thinking for a second that this Devils team was any good. You know how stupid you look in the future for arguing with everyone that predicted the Devils not to make the playoffs.
PM: You need to go back where you came from. It's 3-0, and you are ruining the game for me. You're crazy and there is nothing you can say that could shock me.
FM notices his hands missing, as he's starting to disappear into the future. From the TV he hears, "And that's why Bryce Salvador, the captain, is such an important piece to this team. The leadership, the toughness, the grit, all the things that go unnoticed night in and night out...."
FM: (to himself) sh!t, I only got 20 seconds to get him to turn down Ken Danyeko's voice or I'll disappear completely. Uhhhhh, what do I say, what do I say..wtf do I say....
Brunner gone! Ryder a healthy scratch! Havlat healthy scratch! Elias with Gionta! Deboer fired!
PM: I'm not listening...
FM: sh!t...sh!t...wait. MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRK FRASSSSEEEEEEERRRRR!!!
PM lowers the sound and slowly turns to FM
PM: (quietly) What did you just say?
FM: MAAARRRKKKKK fvckING FRRAASSSEEERRRR!, MAARK FRAASSERR, MARK FRASER! MAAARRKKK FRAAAASSSEER! (starts to cry as he grabs PM and shakes him) MARK FRASER, MARK FRASER MARK FRASER....MARK FRASER.....(starts to break down and ends up crying on his shoulder).
(trying to speak while crying) Don't you see, this is why I didn't want to tell you anything. You don't understand what it's like, game after game, night after night...16 minutes, 18 minutes, sometimes 20 minutes plus to watch Fraser play with Gelinas or Severson, and Harrold.
PM: Harrold's up to? Aww man....No, this is good. I needed this. I'm ready, lay it on me...
FM: Okay, rather than tell you everything, let me just give you the lineup for game 82, and you can ask questions from there...to be honest after the Fraser bit, it really isn't all that bad. I kind of feel stupid how overboard I went. I'm known to exaggerate a bit.
PM: Woah! okay...(scanning the list) Gomez and Bernier didn't even make the team out of camp, now they are the centre and LW on the top line?
FM: Yup, for 30+ games or so...but it was totally cool, Both 30 point guys.
PM: What's Tootoo doing on the second line? He didn't even have a good camp and was in the AHL all last year. He should never be near the top 6.
FM: Oh Jordin. Listen, there's a lot wrong with those lines above, but we got no problem with that, he was maybe the best story on the team this year. He belongs there. That doesn't even show that he got a lot of time on the PP.
PM: Hmmm...How did he do then?
FM: (sheepishly) 10 goals, 15 points...
PM: Why is Elias on a 3rd line with Zubrus and Gionta?
FM: It's pretty cool. I mean Zubrus did go 50 games without scoring, but it isn't like he plays too much except once the coaching change happened, then his minutes kind of spiked...one game he even played over 22 minutes and PP minutes with Gionta. But this is a pretty good checking line.
PM: Coaching change eh, who is the new head coach?
FM: Don't have one...
PM: What does that mean exactly?
FM: Open up your mind. It was genius actually...think football. You've you got your offensive coordinator. That was Adam Oates. You've got your defensive coordinator. Scotty fvcking Stevens. Then, you've got your guy who oversees everything. That was Lou back behind the bench. He thought of everything here. Spared no expense.
PM: So like a head coach...
FM: No, not a head coach. What the heck is wrong with you....
PM: Anyway, so why was Deboer fired?
FM: Great question. I don't know. Combination of things...Tough buildings. Lot of tough buildings out there. I guess he got some bad luck with what felt like half the team out of the lineup?
PM: Who got injured?
FM: No injuries...
PM: But you said players were out...
FM: Oh just mumps. Larsson, Elias, Zajac, Clemmensen, Ryder, we think Jagr and Josefson too. Even an AHL coach got it.
PM: Mumps? Stop bullsh!tting me. Like what the children get? How did it get to the AHL?
FM: Clemmensen probably gave it to him when he was sent down for Kinkaid. 2nd best highlight of the season.
PM: Speaking of the AHL, I see Boucher up. Not in love with him on the 4th line, but what can you do...
FM: Oh Reid. Na, he was barely up here. Called up last week of the season. Lou wanted to keep him in the AHL.
PM: Smart. Let him stay down in the AHL and rip it up, right?
FM: Is 14 goals in 59 games ripping it up?
FM: Good to know...well don't bother asking about any other prospects in the organization...
PM: Alright, I won't. Back to the main roster, I see Jagr's missing. Guess age finally caught up to him. No good anymore?
FM: Umm...no, he is. Just not with the Devils. He's awesome again in Florida. Anything else...got to get going. Rapid fire now.
PM: Ryder and Havlat?
FM: 11 combined goals in 87 games...
PM: Naa, even I knew how that one ended up. So...I think I understand what happened here.
FM: What? I still don't even understand what happened this year.
PM: No I get it...I finally understand what your purpose coming here was for. Tanking for Connor McDavid. You want me to tune in to the draft. "First of all the New Jersey Devils would like to congratulate Dean Lombardi and the LA Kings organization for winning the Stanley Cup. With the 1st overall pick, the New Jersey Devils select Connor. fvcking. McDavid." You didn't want me to suffer the pain that you did to enjoy that moment. To be honest, I kind of feel like I'm cheating.
FM Slowly takes a few steps towards the wormhole.
FM: Haha, the Devils didn't finish last. They haven't won the lottery as far as I know. Cory Schneider was amazing, and even though their leading point-getter only had 43 points, they finished 6th.
Not sure how to say this...there never was a tank. They did everything they could to win.
Alright, glad I could help, but on that note, I got to go now (takes 1 step into the wormhole to go back to the future)
PM: Wait, two more questions!
PM: How did the Rangers do?
FM: ahhhh always forget the name....President Trophy? President's Trophy. That's it. They won that.
PM: Motherfvcker. Final thing. I have to know. What happened to Martin Brodeur?
FM: Thought you'd never ask. Retired...all the organization's greats were there....Brett Hull, Al MacInnis, Bernie Federko. Just a beautiful press conference and ceremony. Really, really well done.
PM: What are you talking about....Brett Hull?
FM: (mumbling) Retired a Blue. Works for the organization now under Doug Armstrong. Didn't even mention the Devils in his retirement speech. See ya
FM Dives into the Wormhole and disappears
PM: (standing there in shock, mouth wide open....finally able to speak) This really is the darkest timeline...
"Scar...And the Flyers tie it at 3 with .01 left in the 2nd." PM Turns off the TV immediately.
The 2014-2015 New Jersey Devils everyone! Once again my bad...
Posted by devilsrule33 on 13 April 2015 - 08:41 PM
It wasn't a great year so most of the numbers reflect that. Recycling a few things I throughout the year...but whatever. As always, might be part of a larger recap, might not. Enjoy...
27 and 156
That would be Mike Cammalleri's goal total along with his shots total. Hard to get a good read on Mike Cammalleri's first season. The 27 goals stand out, but so does the career high shooting percentage does as well. The advanced stats don't paint a pretty picture at all. He becomes one of 28 players to score 27 or more goals with under 160 shots in the last 17 seasons. Only 5 of those players duplicated that scoring season again with most not even coming close.
So what does that mean for Cammalleri? He's obviously in the downside of his scoring season, but can the Devils reasonably expect 25+ goals from him again. Odds are against it unless he Devils find him a much better centreman to play with.
By the way his 156 shots were the most by any Devils player this season. That's the lowest amount to lead any NHL team (not including lockout shortened seasons) since I'm not sure. What I do know is no team leader has had less since 2000. Have some spare time...try and find a team SOG leader with less than 158. The Lowest since 2000 other than Cammalleri for the Devils?
Capitals 03-04 Jaromir Jagr - 159 shots in 46 games
Penguins 03-04 Rico Fata - 163 shots
Which teams picked Ovechkin and Malkin 1-2 in the '04 draft again?
24:55 and 3:39
The respective ice-time Jaromir Jagr and Jordin Tootoo played in Pete Deboer's final game as Devils coach (12/23 vs Carolina). I would wager that there weren't 10 games by forwards in the NHL this year with more minutes in a game than the then 42-year-old Jaromir Jagr had that night. Not sure what it says about the Devils or what it says about Deboer playing someone like Jagr that many minutes other than desperate and out of ideas. I'm going to chalk it up to a coach that knew he was't surviving the Christmas break without a win that night.
5 of the last 7
That would be 5 times in Jaromir Jagr's last 7 games as a Devil that Jordin Tootoo would play more minutes than him.
19:04 and 25
The ATOI/G for Travis Zajac this season along with his point total. Since 1998 (the year we have TOI information), Zajac becomes the first NHL forward to average 19 minutes a night with 25 or less points (minimum 1250 min). Only 4 players have averaged 18min with 25 or less points. (Stephane Yelle, Jay Pandolfo, Steve Ott, Bates Battaglia).
Bonus: 147:03 vs 26:55. That's the PP time Travis Zajac got this year (3rd most on the Devils!) vs Jay Pandolfo's PP time he got in 05-06 when he put up 25 points averaging 18:02 minutes per game
Quick take on Zajac: Already an offensive disappointment to fans, his numbers plummeted this season. But a few things. 1) his contract is not hurting the Devils in any way...they aren't hamstrung with it. 2) He does a lot of good things for this hockey team, and is still a productive player. The Devils are a much better team with him than without him. 3) It's up to the management of 1 to understand what Zajac is and what he isn't and accordingly. If he doesn't realize it...then it's a problem. After this past season, I'm not too worried.
6.19, 5,55, 5.74, 5.37
Adam Henrique’s shots per 60 ES minutes in his first 4 NHL seasons (this season to his rookie year). Pretty consistent...and consistently mediocre. The scary thing is he’s never really had a down shooting year. Adam Henrique led the Devils in scoring this year, but it’s important for management to realize that that is indicative of how awful the Devils forwards are, and not that Henrique is a very good player or an important piece to the Devils future. He’s a third line winger and probably not a lot more.
7.22, 6.79, and 5.16
If you needed a comparison to help you understand those Henrique numbers, above are Stephen Gionta’s shots per 60 ES minutes ratio in his three NHL seasons.
.898 vs .901, .901, .908, and .903
Cory Schneider's ridiculous save percentage in losses this season vs Martin Brodeur's save percentage in all games for his last 4 seasons with the Devils.
Good luck finding 5 seasons by goalies who had a higher save percentage in losses than Schneider's this year.
69 and .925
That would be the games played for Schneider and his season save percentage. 1 of 11 goalies to do that in NHL history and just the second ever to do it on a team that missed the playoffs. (Roberto Luongo 03-04 Panthers - 72GP .931 save percentage)
.940 and .948
Cory's save percentage in February and March respectively, which is arguably the best stretch of hockey a goalie has had for the Devils franchise. During that stretch, the Devils won 11 of his 20 starts.
The Devils record when they faced a 2014-2015 playoff team with their starting goalie in nets.
64.4% and 85.2%
The Devils penalty kill conversion rate after the first 15 games of the season followed by the penalty kill conversion in the last 67 games. Bad strategy, bad luck, bad goaltending, bad Salvador?
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).
Total shorthanded ice-time for Andy Greene which led the league. Just over 49 minutes more than the second closest player and 67 more minutes over the next best defenseman.
17:39 vs 17:28
Patrik Elias' ATOI/G this season vs Patrik Elias' ATOI/G 15 years earlier in 1999-2000 as part of the A-line.
16:31 vs 16:21, 15:46, 16:01 and 16:00
The first number is Scott Gomez' ATOI/G this season. The other four are Gomez' ATOI/G in 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004 respectively.
So yes, Patrik Elias and Scott Gomez were averaging more ice-time per game this year than they were 15 years earlier.
7.62 vs 3.97
Scott Gomez’ power play points per 60 min this season and Gomez’ power play points per 60 min the previous 4 seasons combined. - The 7.62 would be the 4th highest in the NHL this season. It was a great comeback season for Gomez with his best work being done on the PP. Scott Gomez was a much needed addition to the roster during the season, but I'm weary of him being much of a contributor moving forward.
34, 16:17, -11.1, -16.3
That would be GP, ATOI/G, Corsi Relative and Corsi ON for Mark Fraser this past season. Your eyes and the numbers told you the same thing. Fraser was just atrocious this season, and sadly he became a fixture on the Devils blueline for the second half of the season.
15 and 0
15 more scoreless games for Tim Sestito this year bringing the career total to 101 NHL games without scoring a goal. I was genuinly surprised to see Sestito get 15 games this year. Will this be it for him, or do you foresee more opportunities for him?
Who am I?
Player A - 67GP 16G 16A 12:56TOI/G 107S 15% 6.67 ES S/G 1:09 PPTOI/G
Player B - 78GP 3G 9A 12:27TOI/G 104S 2.9% 6.36 ES S/G 0:56 PPTOI/G
Player A is Steve Bernier this past year, and player B is Steve Bernier in '13-14. If you hated Steve Bernier last year and were upset the Devils signed him in the off-season over say Ryan Carter, you shouldn't be loving him now and hoping the Devils re-sign him. Seriously, you should want him back at the right cost, but its a perfect example of looking at players based on goals and assists and no underlying numbers. Steve Bernier of this past season isn't all that much different than the one in '13-14. How much more is going to be worth to the Devils this coming off-season?
Player A - 68GP 10G 5A 10:27TOI/G 75S 12.3% 6.61 ES S/G 0:50 PPTOI/G -3 Corsi Rel
Player B - 47GP 6G 13A 14:29TOI/G 89S 6.7% 7.81 ES S/G 1:28 PPTOI/G -4.7 Corsi Rel
Very few players have ever left Devils fans as frustrated as Michael Ryder. On the flip side, very few players exceeded fans expectations more so than Jordin Tootoo. Tootoo is Player A while Ryder is Player B.
Expectations aside, Michael Ryder was still the more productive player this season, even with a career low shooting percentage and Tootoo's career high shooting percentage. It was nice to see a good guy like Tootoo score a few goals, but for someone like Tootoo to be in position to score goals, that means his team is going to be getting killed. It's okay to step back, and say, "wait a minute, Jordin Tootoo finished the season with 15 points playing 30 games on the second line and 1st unit PP, wtf just happened?"
Patrik Elias' shootout stats. For all the talk about how awful he is and how shouldn't ever be picked, it was a successful season for Elias with 2 ridiculous shootout goals.
6 of the first 18
As in 6 times in the first 18 games under Oates/Stevens/Lamoriello that the Devils failed to exceed 15 shots. If that sounds expansion bad...well it's kind of worse. Of the last 4 expansion teams in their inaugural season, the Thrashers and Predators failed to reach 16 shots only 4 times that season, the Blue Jackets 3 times, while the Predators twice.
Joe Whitney's shooting percentage this season which now doubles as his career shooting percentage. 4th Devil to have a perfect shooting season and 1st since Josef Boumedienne in 01-02 who scored a goal on his only shot in his only game as a Devil.
Posted by devilsrule33 on 04 March 2015 - 11:03 AM
I love how young our core of defenseman are. That's why I refuse to believe we're in need of a 3-4 year rebuild. If we can score in this draft on a forward, add another Cammalleri-type player, and see Merrill turn it around and Larsson and Severson continue to progress, there's no reason to think we won't contend a year from now. Especially when our goalie is Schneider.
Contend? The Devils have absolutely nothing at forward. Keep winning, and they might pick 10th, and even if you draft a forward you like there, don't expect much for at least 3 years. Cammalleri is only getting older and running ridiculously hot. There is not a single UFA available that would be very helpful. Henrique is a 3rd liner. Zajac has the offensive ability of a 3rd line center. Elias will be 39 next season.
What are the Devils contending for in a year? A playoff spot is a stretch. I'm not down for a full rebuild, but I also don't think the Devils are remotely close to being an above average hockey team for a few years.
Posted by devilsrule33 on 26 February 2015 - 07:01 PM
Posted by devilsrule33 on 23 February 2015 - 09:41 PM
Mike "locker room cancer" Cammalleri and Cory "fools gold" Schneider lead the way again.
Posted by devilsrule33 on 11 February 2015 - 04:13 PM
I put Henrique in there because he probably is the forward with the most value. He has a long-term, cap-friendly contract, decent numbers and on the right side of 30. Cammy is probably our best forward but his contract and age would be a determent to him being valuable to other teams.
And I agree with your assessment of Henrique and that is what makes Henrique being our most valuable asset kinda scary.
The Devils do not have a package that can get you McDavid. None at all.
Posted by devilsrule33 on 30 January 2015 - 11:34 AM
A lot of people were wrong. But it is fair to speculate. Every single person found it odd. Imagine how boring any radio or TV segments would be if everyone said "I'll withhold judgement on why this is happening until we get more information."
It was the weirdest retirement press conference I have ever seen. Again, I don't have an opinion on it either way, but everyone thought it was off. Brodeur spelled it out quite well, but even his prepared statement was lacking. I'm not going to kill people for wondering.
What I saw was a lot of Devils fans speculating as well, and then once Brodeur answered a lot of questions afterwords, they are now giving sh!t to people in the media that were asking many of the same questions.
As Larry Brooks wrote yesterday...
Don’t know about you folks, but when I think of Martin Brodeur’s legendary career, the three players who come immediately to mind are Brett Hull, Bernie Federko and Al MacInnis, with whom he shared the stage at his retirement announcement in … St. Louis?
Obviously Brodeur wanted this day this way and his way. No one should resent him for that. But still, this announcement in a sterile environment devoid of Devils paraphernalia or personnel produced one of the most odd and off-key press conferences in memory. It was tantamount to what it would have been if Derek Jeter had wanted to play one more year, was not encouraged to do so by and with the Yankees, left to sign with, say, the Royals, played for a few weeks in the middle of the season, and retired at a press conference in Kansas City while joined on the stage by George Brett, Willie Mays Aikens and Bret Saberhagen before going to work in the KC front office.
Posted by devilsrule33 on 05 December 2014 - 12:04 AM
He said something we have all been saying forever....I know you just posted his quotes without comment, but really who cares. It's Marty, he'll be saying a few comments that might not people feeling good, but there is a lot of truth in the last bunch of years.
Brodeur will be seeing a lot more of that high skill out in the West.
Posted by devilsrule33 on 15 November 2014 - 11:59 PM
Oh and I guess it was too tough of a building for us tonight.
I'm just WAITING for Pete to slip up and say it during a home game lol, it'll probably happen soon.
This is just people dumping on Pete for anything. Anyone who has followed hockey for more than a day (and I know both of you know), "tough building" is a universal hockey term for a non-sh!t team that plays well at home or any road game against a team you've struggled with. It is used by every coach and player for pretty much ever. Is it kind of lame. Probably. But you'll find it said by any coach that you want coaching the Devils.
Darryl Sutter, on missing a chance to eliminate Chicago: "It's a tough building. Damn near got it."
Quenneville was asked if the Blackhawks took the Wild for granted and lacked effort while in Minnesota. Quenneville snapped back, “No, not at all, this is a good team. It’s something we stressed all year. This is a tough building.”
You’ve got to let your playing do your speaking in these situations, and I think he’s gone into some tough buildings and played pretty well for us,” Ruff said.
"The beginning of the season, with not a lot of practice time, it's not an easy trip," coach Todd McLellan told the team's official website. "We played in some tough buildings.
“This is tough building to play in, especially in the first 10 minutes.”
San Jose leads the NHL with an average of 36 shots a game and has scored in the first minute, six times this season.“San Jose has been deadly in their own building and when you’re playing teams like this, it’s about what we leave on the table,” said Oilers coach Dallas Eakins.
"This is a really tough building," Hitchcock said. "It's a very intimidating building to play in. It seems like the people are right on top of you, and they play hard here. Nashville played really hard tonight."
Bylsma: We have two more wins to get, and we have a tall task going into a tough building against a very good team who is playing well.
"It's part of us putting blocks in our foundation and trying to learn how to win games," MacLean said. "When you can do it in tough buildings like this, those are real, real solid blocks that you can put into your foundation
-"It's a tough building to play in and we knew they'd come out strong, with some of the things that have gone on here," said New York coach John Tortorella.
- “You can’t change it,” Trotz said. “You’ve just got to deal with it. I would’ve loved to get the win tonight against a divisional opponent, but we’ve been pretty good on the road this year. We’ll go into a tough building and win some hockey games.”
- “It’s been a tough building for us to come in and play,” Berube said. “I thought we finally had the patience to beat them in a game.
- Coach Robinson: It is a tough building to play in, but it is actually a good building
Posted by devilsrule33 on 11 November 2014 - 11:36 PM
Yep, doesn't seem to be the cancer that some people predicted. So far, so good, anyway.
Just 1, I think. Count me in as someone who has been very impressed. He's a reminder of how much this team needs more skill up front.
Posted by devilsrule33 on 09 November 2014 - 08:26 PM
You are leaving one crucial facet out, they never spent up to the cap. This is not something that plagues the Devils.
Sterio has his opinions, but has no interest in backing it up with facts. As you stated, the Predators were never a cap team. They were $10-15 million below the cap many of their playoff years.
For a team that didn't spend much, they still had a decent offense. Looking at their playoff years...they had a better offense than defense 4 of the 7 years and only in 10-11 did they have a significantly better defense than offense.
03-04 - 12th GF, 20th GA
05-06 - 10th GF, 7th GA
06-07 - 4th GF, 8th GA
07-08 - 15th GF, 16th GA
09-10 - 15th GF, 14th GA
10-11 - 21st GF, 2nd GA
11-12 - 8th GF, 9 GA
I really don't even understand what the Predators example is about or how it relates to the Devils? If ownership allowed them to go all in for a top offensive player, they probably would have. Did they ignore offensive players? No. Was their offense significantly worse than their defense? No.
As for your Cup winning teams:
2014 - Kings: 1st GA
2013 - Blackhawks 1st GA
2012 - Kings 2nd GA
2011 - Bruins 3rd GA
2010 - Blackhawks 5th GA
The most common thing that great Cup teams have is that they are very good at defense. Maybe if Nashville was a better defensive team, they'd have gone further.
Posted by devilsrule33 on 07 November 2014 - 11:02 PM
How long do we have zero accountability ANYWHERE for losing two straight years, and it sure as shooting looks like a third straight year now?
Again this idea that coaches with bad teams should never be fired is misleading, coaches get fired all the time on bad teams. Besides they're going through the motions right now with a bunch of vets underachieving. That's usually the tell for when a coaching change is about to be made. Lou's tolerated a lot the last couple years but I don't think he's going to tolerate more 'efforts' like tonight or a 60% PK...you don't need a lot of talent to have an NHL PK.
If you don't want a coaching change fine but can SOMETHING happen at least? They can't just lah-de-dah a third straight year away without doing anything of consequence. Start selling off the old guys for assets, maybe trade one of the D for some help up front and start remaking this team.
There should be accountability when games like this happen once a week. Instead games like this have happened so rarely. This team 99% of the time is ready to play. The roster the Devils put out tonight playing on a back-to-back will not have much success with any coach.
Look at the fvcking lineup tonight. Gionta, Zubrus, Bernier, Josefson, Ryder, Tootoo, Ruutu, Sislo, Brunner (he is awful), Elias (never seen him this bad), Zajac (struggling) and Jagr. It sucks. That's a really really bad forward group.
They can fire Deboer, but no coach is going to get that group going playing any differently. Lets just wait until they can get healthier and see if the team is struggling or not.
Posted by devilsrule33 on 04 October 2014 - 01:38 PM
Meh. I think the difference between Kinkaid and Clemmensen is overstated. Neither one will have THAT much of an impact if Schneider stays healthy
The difference probably is negligible. But this team is royally fvcked if Schneider gets hurt. I also think 70-72 games is too many games if he is healthy. Clemmensen should have never been brought in.
Posted by devilsrule33 on 20 September 2014 - 10:19 PM
Pre-season is a small sample size, but with so many built in biases by the coaching staff to vets and gritty players, really hoping to see big camps/games from guys like Brunner, Josefson and Sislo.
There is so much forward depth, that it is driving me nuts that the staff and Lou are looking to dump an offensive player or two to fit in Carter or maybe even a Tootoo. The team needs to keep anyone that can score goals. Ryder and Brunner are players that can infuriate coaches and fans, absolutely...but, you have Clowe and Havlat that will never stay healthy. Even if Havlat does, he might not be good at all. You are relying so much on two guys that have a combined age of 80 to stay healthy and lead your team offensively. Not the best idea.
Then you have the 4th line, and for all intents and purposes, it looks like the Devils will try and keep that group intact. Why should we think otherwise? It's unfortunate because a 4th line can be improved in so many ways. Zubrus-Josefson-Sislo, Zubrus-Josefson-Brunner. I know it is silly because Gionta is locked in as a regular, but the Devils goal this off-season should have not just been about improving the top 6, it should have been/be about improving 9-12 as well. I liked Ryan Carter. There can be a role for a guy like him in the 4th line, but they signed Gio, they signed Bernier. Unless one of them goes, there can't be a spot for him.
Sure it is early, but when I see so many forwards and have enough info about Pete and Lou, it's getting me nervous already.