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SMantzas

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#1322380 Devils 2014-2015 Off Season Thread

Posted by SMantzas on 02 July 2015 - 11:21 AM

Re: the reign of Hydra:

 

That was some of the most painful hockey I've every witnessed. Listen, I get the team is going to be bad the next two-three years and maybe even longer. I can accept the team is pretty much trying to gather young, offensive talent pretty much from scratch. I mean, they pretty much have three forwards U25 worth a damn (Henrique, Palmieri and Zacha with the latter two being question marks). However, the way the team was playing January-April was inexcusable and outright disgusting. Playing a lifeless, passive, defensive system with no transition game trying to eek out 2-1 victories in pointless games. Like I said, no matter what I'll watch every game and attend the usual 5-7 games, but Im so glad the team is getting rid of the dead weight in management like Oates, Stevens, downsizing Lou's role and players like Fraser, Bernier, Gomez, Harrold. Then after this year Ruutu and Zubrus. This literally is starting from scratch and so far, every move has been logical.


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#1322218 John Moore to NJD

Posted by SMantzas on 01 July 2015 - 02:21 PM

The only problem Im seeing is finding a good, solid d partner for him because it sure as hell aint Gelinas or Merrill


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#1319409 2015 Draft Thread

Posted by SMantzas on 08 June 2015 - 06:58 PM

i want goal scoring....


Gimme the center who makes others around him better
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#1318256 Is it time to trade Cory Schenider?

Posted by SMantzas on 28 May 2015 - 05:22 PM

In Doc's voice "Let's see how Beetle can knife his way out of this one!"
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#1315041 Artemi Panarin

Posted by SMantzas on 28 April 2015 - 04:28 PM

Elliotte Friedman:
Hearing free-agent F Artem Panarin, who led KHL champion St. Petersburg in scoring, is getting close to joining the Chicago Blackhawks.

The rich get richer, sigh


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#1296038 We aren't getting McDavid or Eichel, it's time to realize this

Posted by SMantzas on 18 December 2014 - 01:02 PM

I don't know that an offensive star on the order of a McDavid wouldn't wind up making NJ a marketable item to the NY media for the first time in its history. For better or worse, NY's media loves a winner and loves offense. The last time a non-Ranger metro area team had an offensive player that marketable his name was Mike Bossy and you better believe the Islanders had support from the media in those days.

Tavares is a top ten forward in the league and he gets nothing in terms of local and leaguewide marketing. NJ had a top goalie of all time who had a 15 year prime and they got nothing locally.  Lundqvist gets more now than Marty ever did and Brodeur is an all timer.


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#1295918 GDT: 12/17/14 Ottawa Senators @ NJ Devils

Posted by SMantzas on 17 December 2014 - 10:57 PM

The booing is unnecessary plain and simple. What do you expect when the team is comprised of grinders and mid-late 30s former stars? You boo if the effort isn't there or guys are dogging it, that isn't the case with this team. They just suck; it's actually pretty obvious. They have no speed and little skill but they are trying. This happens when your GM makes deadline acquisitions like Kovalchuk, Zidlicky and others and you trade picks. Drafting in the late 20s most of the time hurts too and while I'm not the biggest fan of Conte, his only top pick in recent years has been Larsson, who is seemingly turning a corner. Lou trading off countless picks like Schneider and the aforementioned deals hurts.  Success in team sports is cyclical, be happy that you got 20 years of contending and take your lumps for the next few seasons. This is an unpopular opinion, but DeBoer is one of the only reasons the team hasnt gotten slaughtered the last couple of seasons. The team has/had a lot of difficult personalities like Marty, Jagr, Kovalchuk, Zidlicky, Langenbrunner (yeah, not a DeBoer coached guy but still). You really think the only reason the players have DeBoer's back is because he lets them off easy? People around the league are shocked that DeBoer is on the hotseat because he squeezes every drop out of this talentless lineup


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#1294329 GDT: 12/9/14 MC Hammer v. MechaGodzilla

Posted by SMantzas on 09 December 2014 - 10:16 PM

Yeah, are the unhappy people huffing a combination of paint, gasoline and windex? Devils played last night, are missing half their squad and were up against the best team in the league.  Without godly efforts from Kinkaid and Greene, this isnt a contest.  Be happy that Cory doesn't have to play 77 games this year


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#1294093 Cory Schneider Appreciation Thread

Posted by SMantzas on 09 December 2014 - 03:50 PM

Last night was a good game for Cory, no weak goals and we win.


Disagree, he has given up a bunch of clunkers this year.


Schneider was as sharp as a knife last night
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#1291057 RIP Pat Quinn

Posted by SMantzas on 24 November 2014 - 11:31 AM

Remember the epic Devils-Leafs playoff matchups from the early 00s. Seemed like a great coach and man. RIP
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#1278920 Preseason GDT: Devils @ The Rangers

Posted by SMantzas on 23 September 2014 - 09:51 AM

For those interested in advanced stats, here is the gamesheet from last night: http://hockeystats.ca/game/2014010010

 

-Henrique line killed it

-Larsson and Gelinas came out far ahead

-JJ's line actually performed well


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#1278829 Preseason GDT: Devils @ The Rangers

Posted by SMantzas on 22 September 2014 - 06:47 PM

Best part of this game is that win/lose/draw, Komisarek isn't making the team


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#1274605 Andy Greene Signed +5 years @ $5M Per Season

Posted by SMantzas on 30 July 2014 - 03:37 PM

My guess is 5/25
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#1274329 2014 UFA Signing Thread

Posted by SMantzas on 28 July 2014 - 04:56 AM

The problem seems to be that top end talent don't usually make it to July 1st, thus don't get overpaid as badly
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#1274137 The East is the Key

Posted by SMantzas on 22 July 2014 - 01:54 PM

In my opinion, here are the tiers in the East:

 

Tier 1:

Boston

 

Tier 2:

TB

Pittsburgh

 

Tier 3:

Montreal

CBJ

NJ

NYR

NYI

DET

 

Tier 4:

PHI

WSH

TOR

OTT

 

Tier 5:

FLA

CAR

 

Tier 6:

BUF

 

I think the first two tiers are very safe bets to make it, but I could honestly see any team from tiers 3 and 4 getting into the playoffs.  13 teams fighting for five spots seems about right, but I definitely think NJ is among the best of tiers 3 and 4.


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