and people are still complaining about zajacs contract.. as its already been said here if he didnt get that contract then we would have lost another player for nothing.. he isnt paid like a first line center so i dont know why people have such a problem with this.. his years were a bit long but it is what it is.. he is not a first line center but on this bad looking devils roster he is forced into a role that maybe he isnt really capable of handeling ... i honestly dont know why people have such a big issue with travis zajac.. i agree we do need some more production in goals from him but he does alot of other things real well.. we will see if he can bounce back this year.
That's kind of the thing i find a bit... well i'd call it hypocrite (in a way, without being a jerk) about this fanbase, but in all fairness, this fanbase has been brainwash about defence first mentality for over 20 years so that's almost all they care about. And i've discuss this a bit already.
We can have a player who's gonna do incredible things offensively. But if he's not amazing defensively, he's gonna get sh!t on from the coaches and fanbase like he's a useless piece of sh!t. Then if a guy is complete junk offensively but plays well defensively, everyone is going to cover for him and try to find positives about him cause he's good defensively.
I'm not saying everyone are like that, but a good chunk of our fanbase certainly have that mentality.
I mean... in a perfect world you want a good balance of course. But you'd think that with a team struggling to score goals, a team with good goaltending and a good D-corp, you'd give a longer leash to offensive guys who can produce. Instead of the known typical devils players who "plays well all game long, do all the right things but can't score goals" and well if you don't score goals you don't win.
I just really don't understand the mentality.
edit: that being said im not saying a guy should get away with everything if he's good offensively. I'm just saying the favouritism for D first is a bit much.