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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:



Tier 2:




Tier 3:








Tier 4:






Tier 5:




Tier 6:



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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