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NLinfante

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In Topic: GDT 10/7/14: THE NJ DEVILS @ Philadelphia 7PM

10 October 2014 - 03:36 PM

As much as I dont want to jump on Sal after only one game, he was noticable on some goals against. The 3v2 may have never happened if the F's didnt turn the puck over or if they backchacked properly (I havent watched a replay), but his man along the wall was not a threat to score, even with the puck. There is no reason to close the gap and leave your D partner out to dry like that. 2v1 favors the offense far more than 3v2 does. When battling in front, he needs to worry about Simmond's stick, not pushing him in the chest. He was good in the 2012 playoffs and he's defnitely a tough, tough defenseman...but the grains of sand are running thin in his hourglass.

In Topic: 2014 Training Camp Thread

30 September 2014 - 11:44 AM

deboer trusts gionta on the penalty kill. Gomez, tootoo, Brunner, and bernier don't bring that aspect and I think it's desperately needed. After our top 4 of zajac henrique Elias and zubrus, what forward so you trust in a big pk situation?

IMO the other guys competing for the fourth line spots aren't typical 4th line players. They're guys who can be streaky offensively and aren't very good defensively.

 

I suppose that's reasonable, but this also goes back to a thread from a few weeks ago about good PK'ing. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I firmly believe that PK'ing (especially from F's) is based on about 20% a basic understanding of defensive zone coverage and 80% hustle. I see no reason why Carter couldn't be just as effective as Gio on the PK...and he's a bit more of a scorer and physical presence.

In Topic: 2014 Training Camp Thread

30 September 2014 - 10:30 AM

Gionta makes the roster 100% of the time.  I don't see how he doesn't, and I'd be surprised if he's not in the opening night lineup.  Bernier was signed with no promises at all.  Still think there's a decent possibility of a trade before the start of the season.

 

Gio is a different player from Gomez, Tootoo and Carter (maybe he's most like Carter), so it's not really comparing apples to apples, but what makes him more valuable to NJ? I'm not necessarily saying he shouldn't make the team, just legitimately interested in what you think about what he brings to the table relative to the others.

In Topic: 2014 Training Camp Thread

30 September 2014 - 10:09 AM

I'm starting to think the signings of Gio and Bernier are stranger and stranger. I guess Lou didnt know who would be interested in a PTO, but based on what we've seen this preseason, I'll take Gomez, Tootoo and Carter over Gio, Bernier and JJ...and I've always thought that JJ had the skill, just needed to stop getting hurt.

 

I suppose that you can always put them through waivers expecting them to make it through with 50/50 odds or better.

In Topic: 2014 Training Camp Thread

29 September 2014 - 11:29 AM

Rich Chere ‏@Ledger_NJDevils 1h

Devils' early group practice lines: Cammalleri-Zajac-Jagr; Zubrus-Elias-Havlat; Clowe-Henrique-Ryder. http://nj.com/devils

 

Looks like these 9 players are definitely on the team and the ones remaining are fighting for 4-5 roster spots.

 

 

If that's the case than I think the coaching staff is just about spot on. We all speculated that some of these tryouts were being brought in to push some of the fringe Devils and it seems like that's exactly what happened. Hopefully the 3 or 4 best players left make the team and the rest are moved down or traded. No reason for loyalty when you're talking about 4th liners.