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Chuck the Duck

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In Topic: We aren't getting McDavid or Eichel, it's time to realize this

18 December 2014 - 01:31 PM

If nothing else, it's something to dream about in this abysmal season. Not likely to happen, but not out of the realm of possibility either. It would be very interesting to see the direction of this organization (marketing, attendance, playing style, etc.) if we landed McDavid.

In Topic: GDT: 12/17/14 Ottawa Senators @ NJ Devils

18 December 2014 - 01:25 PM

They don't have much leverage going forward, I doubt this will be a "thing" in 2015.

Matter of fact, when they open up renewals for 2015-2016 STH, my buddy and I decided we're walking into the office and telling our rep we're not renewing unless they upgrade us to Upper Center Ice at our current section's price.

The fans have the leverage now, they'll be begging for STH subscriptions after this debacle.


Let me know how that goes. I just can't see any professional team caving to a demand like that, but maybe I'm naive.

In Topic: GDT: 12/17/14 Ottawa Senators @ NJ Devils

18 December 2014 - 12:01 PM

The effort was there last night, that shouldn't even be a question.  The most frustrating thing is the fact that this team just doesn't have the talent to compete anymore and, worst of all, there seem to be no prospects in the pipeline which give a great deal of hope for the future. 

In Topic: Is it time to trade Cory Schenider?

18 December 2014 - 10:12 AM

I say trade Cory ... not because he's playing badly or it will benefit this organization, but because I feel bad for the guy having to play behind this lineup on a nightly basis. 

In Topic: 'He Makes Other Players Better'

16 December 2014 - 03:19 PM

I loathe cliches - I mean, sure, I use them plenty, but I also don't like using them without thinking.  Hockey broadcasters and hockey lifers often have nothing but cliches to offer, so I get exposed to them plenty.  One of the classic hockey cliches to say about a player is that 'he makes other players better'.  It's said about your dominant center types typically - guys who control the flow of the game when they're on the ice.  Even though Patrik Elias spent most of his years as a LW, this was true of him as well.  Lots of Devil forwards had their best career seasons playing alongside Patrik Elias.  Elias is 9th in assists between the years 1999-2000 and 2013-14, and this despite seldom playing with a player better than him.   Playing with him in his final season gave Petr Sykora a 20 goal season and has made Dainius Zubrus's numbers not look awful.

 

We've seen the deterioration in Patrik's game this year and now he's out with an injury and he's 38 years old.  Watching this team play without him - both while he was playing, he was not 'Patrik Elias', and now with him in the press box - it's a reminder of just how great a player he was.  The Devils never lacked for a first-line forward with Elias on the team between the years I mentioned above.  Stick a guy with Elias and he was going to look better, usually.  Now the only guy they have that fits the cliche on their team is Jaromir Jagr who is 43 years old.

 

These players are vital not just because they are really good, but because your team needs them for your other players to be put into a position to succeed.  Without them a team is just fighting uphill all the time.  Michael Ryder doesn't suck just because he is terrible, but also because he doesn't have anyone out there helping cover up his deficiencies and accentuating his strengths.  Reid Boucher will have the same struggles if he comes back up.  Adam Henrique and Travis Zajac can't do this alone.  Free agency offers no solutions.  Trading likely offers no solutions.  The only answer is in the draft.  We'll see what they can find.

 

Couldn't agree more.  Pretty much nailed it, and exposed the major problem we face going forward as an organization.  It's not easy to find these types of players.