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sundstrom

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In Topic: 2015 NHL Off-season Thread

04 July 2015 - 05:04 PM

The last lockout - the biggest thing the players wanted to get rid of was escrow. That is by far the thing they hate the most.

In Topic: Devils 2014-2015 Off Season Thread

03 July 2015 - 09:11 PM

What's anyone gonna learn from Gionta, how to ask tall people to get things down from the high shelves for them?


That got a good laugh out of me. Well done.

In Topic: Devils 2014-2015 Off Season Thread

02 July 2015 - 11:03 PM

:  The Devils signed 6 UFA defensemen between 2004 and now.  Matvichuk, McGillis, Malakhov, Vishnevsky, Tallinder, Volchenkov. 

 

no love for karl rachunek? i seem to recall you liked that move at the time.

In Topic: John Moore to NJD

02 July 2015 - 10:56 PM

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Thank you - i was disappointed in the lack of love for that quote.

In Topic: Devils 2014-2015 Off Season Thread

02 July 2015 - 03:04 PM


As for the Devils and tanking.  The players I mentioned exactly because the Devils still tried.  They aren't trying now.  That's what I'd like to see change, and there is still time to do that.  I'd just hate to see so many young players just be handed roles specially with the Devils being just above the Coyotes in money spent so far.  Murray paid those players to get to the cap floor but he could've done that with signing players to one year deals.  But Gionta got a 3 year deal because he understood that the young players need to learn.  Zub, Elias, and Ruutu are going to be gone next year.  Who is Zacha and others going to learn from?  Again, the offseason isn't over yet but it is something I think about.

 

gionta got a 3 year deal because, apparently, up until this UFA season, teams and their GM's were dumb. You'd almost have to think collusion is going on because there really isn't one terrible deal out there that was signed yesterday. only the sekera deal reeks of the "business as usual - too many years and too many dollars for not that much". and that wasn't even so bad.

 

ufa season isn't done. perhaps they get joel ward for a year. maybe shawn matthias.  would that make you feel different? there is just no sense in that. when carolina signed semin, i wanted the devils to do that. obviously glad they didn't. how many buyouts have we seen? you just can't do that. with the cap space the devils have, and their owners absolutely willing to spend it as long as it makes sense, the devils are in a position where they could pretty much take on any contract in the nhl that they wanted.

 

this is a slow path. i'd love to say it can be a quick turn around, but the problem is Lou blew that chance to start it last year. murray identified it almost immediately and got to the business of getting as much as he could for what assets he had. lou did a good job with jagr - getting something that shero was able to turn into palmieri - that's a real good move. we really have to hope that all these defensemen play really well next year because one of them almost has to be turned into a good forward via trade otherwise 2 years turns into 4 or 5.

 

as Daniel said previously - just because you're not paying a lot doesn't mean you want to suck.