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#1211419 Smantzas' Open Roster Discussion Thread

Posted by msweet on 24 September 2013 - 10:32 AM

Gionta's contract will ensure he starts in Albany


Carter is making the team. Book it.

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#1204332 Mike Foligno Named Final Assistant

Posted by msweet on 19 July 2013 - 02:19 PM

That is a white-man jump if ever there was one. 

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#1202388 Kovalchuk Retired Effective Immediately?

Posted by msweet on 11 July 2013 - 08:32 PM

This is a blessing in disguise.

Kovalchuk had some of his worst years here. He is was improving defensively but was never a difficult player to play against.

In the short term the Devils are worse. But in the long term I believe the organization will be better by getting back to the team first approach that has been the key to the team's success.



So Zach went home, Rafalski went home, Clarkson went home and now kovalchuk went home... who's next? Loktionov? 


why can't Van Riemsdyk, Ryan, Carlson and wtv want to come back here... NJ really have to start producing more talent lol


(i know ryan was a flyers fan)



Fvck Kovy. In Lou we trust. That is all.



Yes on all above..



I am not surprised by any of this... We got Kovy's 3 best years, and we got out of a contract which will look worse each year. ...and the Devils' agree as you can see by letting him go so easily.


This hurst short term but will help long term... let a player who was a 25-30 goal scorer with a $6M (costs the team $10M in dollars) contract go ..

you betcha we would...


Makes sense for Kovy too.. play offense, no D, be a star and make much more $'s

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#1202349 The "Now That We've Had Time To Digest This Thread"

Posted by msweet on 11 July 2013 - 08:05 PM

I actually was not surprised. When I saw him play for the KHL this past Spring and saw him having fun scoring goals and skipping on the getting hit and the not having to play D... I thought to myself, this guy is either nuts or really wants a shot at the Cup...


In my mind he was passing up $5M per year to have to be subjected to the play in the NHL


We got the 3 best years, saved a ton of money and it would hurt in another 2 or 3 when he's a 25 goals scorer....


No hard feelings... he actually did us a favor.


I am still pissed at the league over the penalty, but that's life.

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#1201434 Lou Lamoriello E-Mailed Me!!!

Posted by msweet on 09 July 2013 - 05:04 PM

Many years ago I wrote Lou a letter asking him to retire Daneyko's number and he wrote me back saying to be patient and gave the letter to Daneyko who showed up at my work with the letter himself to say thank you in person.

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#1200982 Find A Home For A Defenseman

Posted by msweet on 07 July 2013 - 03:31 PM

Good call Tri & Neb

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#1200297 CLARKSON SIGNS w/TORONTO $36.75M / 7yrs

Posted by msweet on 05 July 2013 - 01:10 PM

I understand your point, but Bobby was always a good player - I dont think the Devils can take credit for that.  The only loss for the Devils is that he would have been a great captain and vet here - mutually beneficial for everyone.  The way it went down - no real loss for the Devils.  And end of a fulfilling career for Bob.


Clarkson wasn't going to be any great shakes here.  Hence no stupid deal.  He won't be great shakes in Toronto but thank the lord he'll have a great life.  Party-time may be over --- or else he risks losing what he worked for in his personal life.  This is perfect - he's sewed up his earning years -- he WILL earn and there's no risk for him.  Man, his whole career has been on the line for long enough - busting his ass and living in fear that he wouldn't make it.  Now it's a done deal and he doesn't even have to pull up stakes - he can relax where he wants to be.  It's like the Parise move if anything and luckily David doesn't have those Cup ambitions Zach will always have burning. 


I'm really happy for him where I was really sorry for Holik.  I still am sorry for all that Holik lost.  Money doesn't make up for that.  and no one wants to hear about hockey from him now because of that stupid deal.  If he'd stayed here he'd have been free to blather all over the NHL and he'd be a proven leader so his word would have been the gosple he thinks it is.  It just sucks for him.  But he's got enough money so he can shoot at Lou photo targets and weep softly blame it on the beautiful vista from his porch.   Yeah sure you always wanted to be a rancher... sure. :rolleyes:



Well put...Holik was a traitor though since he knew what you wrote and went for the money with our enemy... Clarkson is doing what actually makes the most sense

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#1198613 Draft Day Pics

Posted by msweet on 01 July 2013 - 11:39 AM









That's Lou making the final call on the Schnieder trade

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#1197530 Now Official:: Zubes resigns, 3 years $9.3 mil

Posted by msweet on 27 June 2013 - 10:54 AM

MSWEET must be estatic that his favorite customer won't be going anywhere anytime soon.


I kinda knew it already ;-)... he ain't leaving the best camera store in the country for even more money on another team


..though we do ship

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#1188961 Let's Give Elias His Due Tonight

Posted by msweet on 25 April 2013 - 10:51 PM



A timely Thank you!


The best forward to ever play for the Devils... so far

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#1169505 Kovy need to ride the bench

Posted by msweet on 07 February 2013 - 10:53 PM

I am enjoying *not* locking this thread.


Go to it people

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#1159222 Guess who came to my store this weekend?

Posted by msweet on 17 December 2012 - 04:36 PM

The Polish Hammer! And he's a heck of a nice guy with some great stories. (BTW, I'm 5'10" and 185 lbs)

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#1156798 Rumor: Devils Ice Personnel Told to Have Ice Ready in 2 Weeks

Posted by msweet on 19 November 2012 - 03:11 PM

From some sources inside the Rock...

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#1130598 DeBoer’s Devils are class acts

Posted by msweet on 11 June 2012 - 10:27 AM

LOS ANGELES — It is a pleasure to spend time around a successful coach such as Pete DeBoer, who doesn’t feel the need to belittle professional journalists covering the Stanley Cup playoffs or strike a pose as the man who wants to win more than anyone else in the world.

The Devils reflect the equanimity presented by DeBoer throughout the tournament in good times and bad, much as the Bruins followed the lead of coach Claude Julien on their way to last year’s Cup; poised from the start to the finish line that is now in sight.

It bears remembering the Devils are still twice as far away from attaining historic victory as they are from the summer in confronting a third consecutive potential elimination match in tonight’s Game 6 that will surely test the stamina of 40-year-old Martin Brodeur and his fellow senior travelers. The seeds of doubt, however, have been planted in a Kings team that has faced an absence of adversity in a run to a 15-2 record in the tournament prior to Game 4.

Read more: http://www.nypost.co...P#ixzz1xUzh2mVB

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#1128348 If Zach Parise doesn't score next game....

Posted by msweet on 04 June 2012 - 10:46 PM

He's not an NHL Playoff elite player.

He will command big $s.. not sure he is worth it
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