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NLinfante

Member Since 13 Mar 2009
Offline Last Active Jun 30 2014 11:50 AM
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In Topic: This has to be the most frustrating season I've seen as a fan

01 April 2014 - 12:52 PM

Within a small sample size, scoring does not define a player as "good", just like not scoring doesn't define a player as "bad". I realize that we're talking about someone looking "tired", but it's really the same argument. I haven't seen much out of Jagr (even when not scoring) that leads me to believe he's worn down or tired. Outside of an injury, coaching staffs regularly look at the whole body of work, not who's hot and who's not.

 

I'll give you an example of when small sample size becomes a problem. I coached a game this winter, we were up by 1 with less than 2:00 left in the 3rd. One of my F's took a penalty. My top two penalty killers are not great hockey players, but they are supposed to understand their role, move their feet, and clear the puck on the PK. One F creates a turnover inside our blueline and chips the puck out. He regains the puck and streaks down the ice 1 v 2 rather than dumping and changing. The D-man on his side of the ice trips while pivoting and my F shoots and scores from the circle, a pretty nice SHG....except that his decisions leading up to the goal were terrible and, in the long run, he would give up far more to the PP than he would be helping the PK. We won the game and he returned to the bench quite proud of himself. I was rather disappointed with his play, regardless of the fact that he scored.

 

As a coach who relies on the "eye-test" quite a bit, I caution you to think that because Jagr wasn't scoring or picking up assists that his play had dropped off.

In Topic: Discuss - Most Likely Trade Deadline Targets

09 February 2014 - 08:34 PM

I dont have a problem with being optimistic, but I dont see how this team can pull off a trade that's going to make the playoffs a realistic possability. Could Cory's play carry us in with the acquisition of a legitmate top line LW who decides to show up and produce? Sure, I'll buy that. But where is it going to come from and what is it going to cost?

 

If Lou can find it, great. Otherwise, I have no problem selling Jagr, Zid and even Marty if they fetch a decent return.

In Topic: Discuss - Most Likely Trade Deadline Targets

08 February 2014 - 06:56 AM

If they can acquire some scoring help, maybe you're right. It's not like we haven't seen Devils teams of the past rip off nice win streaks. I fully believe Cory will give them the goaltending they need but they're gonna have to score at some point. Not easy to play .650 hockey for this team, but doable. To play .650 hockey when every game is a 1-goal game? Borderline impossible.

In Topic: Discuss - Most Likely Trade Deadline Targets

08 February 2014 - 01:34 AM


 

What's getting tiresome is people not looking at the big picture.  I agree, but in the opposite way.  16-8-1 is not setting the world on fire.  But if they do that, they'll have almost a 75% chance of getting in.  There would be nothing magical whatsoever about accomplishing that.  What if by some chance we're actually in a playoff position by March 5?  Should we still be sellers?  Also, another thing I was trying to get into people's skulls is that if the Devils make it to 93 points, it won't matter what the other teams do.  The fact we would have to jump over teams, and games in hand becomes irrelevant.

 

 

I actually agree that 16-8-1 is not setting the world on fire, and it would give the team a great chance of making the playoffs. But my questions remains the same. What makes you believe this is possible? If it's pure fandom that more power to you. Feel free to check my posts, I'm not a devils doubter, and I want the team to find as much success as possible - I'll cheer them on until the last day. I just want to make sure that we all realize what a monumential effort it will take from the current squad to win 2 of 3 (or better) for the rest of the year. As I mentioned before in this thread, I hope they prove me wrong. But I'm not totally convinved that people on this board truly understand what playing nearly .700 hockey is.

In Topic: Discuss - Most Likely Trade Deadline Targets

07 February 2014 - 11:36 AM

 

 

All good points - yeah, I don't think NJ should go crazy and get Vanek or something like that, but if there's a deal available that doesn't impact the future significantly and can improve the 1st line LW spot, I'd consider it.  

 

I agree 100%. To me, the contract of the player being acquired is almost as important as the player himself. Rentals (especially high priced ones) are for teams looking for the extra push to legitimately contend for a cup. They are a tougher sell for a team just looking to get in. There is actually less risk for Boston trying to acquire Vanek than there is for NJ.

 

(And, obviously I'm just using Vanek as an example since he's probably this year's top rental).

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