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Devils re-sign Gelinas

15 September 2014 - 07:12 AM

Per TG's Twitter:

Eric Gelinas is at Pru Center this morning. Appears he has signed.

Are the Devils going about the PK the right way?

09 September 2014 - 10:18 AM

This may seem like a very silly question considering the Devils were historically effective in 2011-2012 and were once again the top PK team in last year.  However, listening to Talking Red's interview with analytic guru Rob Vollman, he suggests that using top players like Elias, Zajac and Henrique may tire them at even strength.  Vollman also said that the trend on the PK is that teams are using secondary players (3rd-4th liners) and saving their best players. So here are a couple of questions:

 

1) Are the Devils playing the right players on the penalty kill and should they be saving them?

 

2) By playing top players, does is affect even strength performance (i.e. could NJ get above 55% possession)?

 

3) Would you sacrifice PK performance for better ES?

Which Player are you Most Curious to Watch Next Season?

18 August 2014 - 02:34 PM

This place has been a morgue lately because absolutely nothing happens in August.
 

To answer the question, I'm eager to see if Jagr can at least come close to what he did last year being a full year older

Kimmo Timonen out Indefinitely with Blood Clots

05 August 2014 - 02:18 PM

Chris Johnston ‏@reporterchris 1h
Kimmo Timonen is dealing with blood clots in his lower right leg and both lungs. The #flyers say they aren't sure about his playing status.

 

Damn, hope he makes a full recovery. The Flyers d just went from bad to worse and it's not even like they can even make a move. His salary was only 2 million.

Careful what you wish for, Devils fans

31 July 2014 - 01:29 PM

Over the last few years, many Devils fans (including myself) were growing increasingly impatient with Lou.  Whether it was the fact that Larsson, or insert other defensive prospect, wasn't getting enough playing time because they were blocked by a vet or that Lou wasn't exactly the most proactive in re-signing players before July 1st, annoyance with LL was understandable.  Fast forward to now:

 

What fans wanted- To see the 2014-2015 Devils feature a blueline with Merrill, Larsson and Gelinas.

 

What happened- Lou let Fayne go via free agency and used the second compliance buyout on Anton Volchenkov

 

Potential consequences- The thing with young players is you're not quite sure what you're going to get.  Aside from Larsson, neither of the "big three" has played more than 60 games and AL has been in and out of the lineup. Obviously the potential on all of them is sky-high but there is certainly a risk there. If one or even two of them flop, the Devils don't have a safety net in Albany.  If they wanted to go out and get some insurance there aren't many appealing UFA dmen left.

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What fans wanted- Lou to sign Cory Schneider and Andy Greene to contract extensions this summer

 

What happened- Lou signed Cory Schneider and Andy Greene to contract extensions this summer

 

Potential consequences- Everything points to Schneider being a fantastic goalie and we've seen first hand what he can do.  Fact is, we would've gotten more information this year to see if he can shoulder the load and play 60+ games. There is a risk here that he can't but it's definitely a worthwhile gamble.  With Greene, the money is fine but the term could up to be a disaster.  I don't want to think about where the Devils defense would be without him (short term).

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What fans wanted- Lou to go out and get a top 6 forward via free agency

 

What happened- The Devils signed 32 year old forward Mike Cammalleri to a 5 year, 25 million dollar contract

 

Potential consequences- You're unlikely to get a bargain when you go out and get talent on July 1st but I think Lou did pretty well here.  Got a good goal scorer with speed to play on the first line. Money isn't terrible but that term could be a problem, especially with a forward who relies on speed. From all accounts, Cammalleri takes very good care of his body and hopefully can stay healthy and productive for most of that contract.

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It seems that most of Lou's offseason moves coincided with Devils Nation's wants.  We got our wish to see Larsson, Gelinas and Merrill get their chance without a veteran breathing down our neck, Schneider and Greene will be Devils for a long time and we got a player we desperately needed on July 1st.  A great cloud of uncertainty has been omnipresent for the last 5 years and it doesn't appear to be leaving any time soon.  We got what we wanted, but are we ready for the consequences if thing go wrong?

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