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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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#1269856 The 2014 World Cup- Brazil

Posted by SMantzas on 23 June 2014 - 02:19 PM

Not a big soccer guy but the World Cup has been very fun to watch. Last night's game was a heartbreaker. They were literally ~30 seconds away from advancing. I don't know if Michael Bradley is supposed to be one of the team's better players but he's easily been one of its worst so far. 

 

I don't have much expectations versus Germany, so let's go Portugal (without much goal scoring!).

He is and he's been terrible so far.  Their other star Dempsey has been amazing, though


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#1268767 Marty and the Queen Have a Drink

Posted by SMantzas on 14 June 2014 - 07:28 PM

Jesus this thread is borderline embarrassing...and I can't stand HL
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#1252040 1 free ticket for game in Philly

Posted by SMantzas on 11 March 2014 - 08:44 PM

Thanks for the ticket dude. The butthurt Flyers fans made it that much sweeter
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#1246918 All purpose Olympics thread

Posted by SMantzas on 22 February 2014 - 12:26 PM

Just to make sure this is established - cursed implies it was out of their hands. Team USA totally dug their own grave with poor roster decisions and awful execution. They deserve this result unfortunately

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Outside of JVR, Kessel, Quick and McDonagh, no one showed up

 

The head scratching choices of Brown, Callahan and Orpik proved to be what they were...head scratching.  Funny that Bobby Ryan, a guy who is automatic for 30 goals a year, is left off because he "doesn't know how to spell intense". Good thing Callahan's and Brown's GRIT and EFFORT really put them over the edge.

 

Don't even get me started on the no shows like Parise, Kane, Pavelski, etc


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#1232734 Sat, Dec 14 Tampa Bay at New Jersey7:00 MSG+ (Snow Edition))

Posted by SMantzas on 15 December 2013 - 12:41 AM

Marty is still capable of playing good games, but for every solid one, there seems to be two CBJs. In any event, it's nice to see him extend his records.

Brunner is back to his early October form and it's definitely needed. He brings an element that not many forwards on this team have.

I thought Gelinas played one of his better defensive games lately. He was getting a bit out of control but he was pretty sound tonight and even made a nice pass to Brunner
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#1214794 The Pete Deboer Thread

Posted by SMantzas on 08 October 2013 - 02:42 PM

I want to preface this post by saying I love his system and don't want him fired, but his choice of personnel is downright awful

 

Mark Fayne, who is probably our 2nd best dman has been sat in favor of guys like Harrold, Volchenkov and Salvador. I wouldn't be surprised to see him bolt after this year.

 

Career journeyman Stephen Gionta is getting ice time over Jacob Josefson and Rusty Olesz, two players who produced in the AHL and in Olesz's case, in the NHL. Gionta was an average minor leaguer who gets 11 minutes a night including PK time.

 

I remember Florida fans saying Deboer wasn't the best at dealing with young players and I can see why. Josefson played extremely well in the preseason and was asked to play different roles. He outplayed Gionta handily, yet cant sniff the ice on a back end of 2 games in 2 nights. Larsson, who was pretty terrible against Pitt and NYI, played a solid game last night while #10 and #28 got abused. The kid gets benched for breathing the wrong way while vets stay in the lineup despite egregious mistakes.

 

Im not sure whether Lou, Stevens and Barr have any say but its clear Deboer needs to wake up, or else this season can get out of hand pretty quickly


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#1211842 Devils official iOS app

Posted by SMantzas on 26 September 2013 - 01:09 AM

No Android, no care.

this


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#1207605 Column on Elias to HOF

Posted by SMantzas on 21 August 2013 - 11:06 AM

He's about as borderline as it gets

 

Some factors in his favor-

 

1) Will likely get 1,000 points

2) The undisputed offensive leader of a team from 00-08, then top 2 or 3 for the remaining of his time on a team with Parise and Kovalchuk

3) Sterling defensive play

4) Successful international career including captaining the Czechs in the Olympics

5) Some impressive accolades including All-rookie team, 3x allstar, 2 time Cup champion, 1st team allstar (2001)

6) Impressive post season numbers

7) Top 5 in points (1), Top 10 (3), Top 20 (4)

 

Some factors against him-

 

1) Played in a small(ish) market his whole career

2) Wasn't dominant sans 00-01 and 05-06 when he came back

3) Not the flashiest player who will consistently wow you with a sick shot or a deke......just plays a very quiet game

4) Never really THE key cog for NJ. Whether it was Brodeur, Stevens, Niedermayer, Parise or Kovalchuk, Elias wasn't usually regarded as the best player on the Devils

 

I suppose to an outsider who doesn't consistently watch Elias, he doesn't jump out at you. But when you watch him night in and night out, it's obvious that he's a special player who plays all situations and does the little things to help this club win.


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#1202158 Kovalchuk Retired Effective Immediately?

Posted by SMantzas on 11 July 2013 - 05:26 PM

This just goes to show you how we shouldn't take players like Marty and Patty for granted. It's pretty special the kind of loyalty these guys have shown over the course of their careers. 


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#1197045 Bryzgalov Bought Out

Posted by SMantzas on 25 June 2013 - 12:25 PM

Gimme Bryz at 3 per year


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