I can't believe this discussion is real. Even if Conte did not deserve to be fired he is 66. The Devils are planning now for the next 10-15 years, is Conte going to be here when he is in his 70s and 80s?
Yeah...this. Some teams search for years for a 1D. You don't trade a 20 years old 1D unless you have a REALLY good reason to. We have every reason to believe Severson will be a star and none of our other D will likely be as good. You can't just name a bunch of our young D prospects and call them 'depth' just because there's a lot of them. Anway depth only means something if you have a star at the top.
Drouin IS a really good reason to. I'm not advocating trading Severson but Drouin is going to be an top line talent. And you use Severson and star way to loosely. Severson has looked fantastic but thats all based of a 40 game or so sample size. Severson isn't exactly the next Weber yet. You are ridiciously underrating Drouin. Its not fair to put Severson on a pedestal and simeoustaneoly talk of Drouin as if he is on the prospect level of Reid Boucher. And quite honstely the way this team has been drafting it could take years before they draft a top forward talent thats not a top 10 pick.
The Devils do have defensive depth. The sheer quantity of quality prospects in the D pipeline is bound to produce at least 3 or 4 NHL defenseman. Add on the success the organizatin has had in the 2nd round (Gelinas, Merrill, Severson) and hopefully Santini and Jacobs.
This whole organization is really going downhill. For all Lou and the old regime has done...is done. Time to bring in a new GM who isn't afraid to tear it down. The one thing I admire about other teams like Toronto or Buffalo's management is that they call it what is it. Case in point, Toronto begins to clean house and get something back for what they have. If you look around the league at the 'state of the franchise', New Jersey is easily bottom 3 and up there for worst.
For next year my ideal outline of the roster is:
Cammalleri - Zajac - XXX
XXX - Henrique- Boucher
Elias - Josefson - Havlat
Ruutu - Gomez - Matteau
Greene - Severson
Larsson - Merrill
Gelinas - UFA
And that is brutal. There are glaring top 6 winger holes and no top line center. But it what it is and until the 2015 1st (hopefully a center) and other draft picks fill in over time it is what is it. Hopefully a hockey trade can be made to flip a defensive asset (the one bright spot in the whole organzation) for a blue chip forward prospect.
Who cares at this point?!? Well my nephew does, he wants hockey yesterday. I do not however.
I still like hockey and eventually something will get done (i don't see the whole season being cancelled). i hate the NHL and PA for this whole process but once the nhl does come back i'll watch every Devil game.
Where do I start? Zach Parise was the complete package. How he handled his exit has me bitter and angry. From his rookie year he was different then all the other rising stars. He didn't have the quickest release, biggest net presence, etc. but he played with tons of heart. Every shift he gave 110% and wasn't afraid to get punished for success. He helped us in many ways. Unfortunately he let the fan base down after saying such positive things about wanting to return and how New Jersey was where he wanted to play and how his number one priority was to get something worked out here no matter what.
"First and foremost, we want to try to get things worked out with New Jersey." - Zach Parise
Apparently money wasn't the issue then what was? Or was Parise just lying to us? I though he wanted to win? Parise said he loves living and playing in New Jersey, Lou said that the offer he gave Parise wasn't problem, couple those with all the comments about how Parise's first priority was to re-sign with New Jersey…shouldn't he of signed then based on what has said time again and again. I see that he wanted to play in his home state. If I was in the NHL and had 6 or 7 dedicated years with Minnesota and I hit UFA and NJ gave me a great offer I would probably leave too to play in my homestate. The thing that bugs me is all "sweet" and "nice" comment Parise made about wanting to return. As the captain of a franchise two wins from its 4th Stanley Cup, he gave us all false hope. He must of knew all along of Minnesota and his dream of playing there. He covered it all up and made us think he was coming back. Thats what bugs me. Thats what irks me beyond believe.