Again, this isn't the time to be pleading for leniency in front of an angry mob. I don't understand why people don't get this. If you want to make this argument on November 10 about how Zach's a good guy and all and complain how people aren't over it, whatever. The wound's too fresh now, you and everyone else are not going to get anywhere arguing this point this week.
No offense but people arguing how we're being too hard on Zach and why we shouldn't hate him are annoying me almost as much as Zach's bromance itself. He's not a Devil anymore and he left us, why should I give two ***** about being fair to him now? And if he felt he was going to be here all along, why was he talking with Suter during the season about linking up? Please.
No, it definitely affected roster composition midseason since people had to make a choice whether they wanted to use a spot on Manning and other injured non-IR players without any real indication whether the keeper rule would be amended for those kind of situations this year.
Funny how things change in a year or two. The idea of keeping Kovalchuk and losing Parise two years ago was unspeakably horrible to everyone here. Even last offseason when Parise only signed to a one year deal it left everyone terrified and angry that the team might lose Parise and just keep Kovy.
Admittedly I would have said last year Zach was clearly the better player, but Kovy really rounded out his game with all the PK'ing he did - for the first time in his career, and was impressive in the way he was able to put up points at half strength (if that) in the playoffs while Zach really was invisible for long stretches with no injury.
At this point I'm starting to buy into the mentality of just throw two defensemen out there and play the PP like a 5-on-5 offense. I mean we only have two legit pointmen and both are compromised due to injury anyway. We're 0-14 on the PP against a formidable Kings' PK. Throwing out two defensemen and playing our normal cycle offense down low might just yield some dividends. Can't hurt. If Kovy and Zidlicky weren't both hurt that'd be something else but at this point might as well gifve up on the 'conventional' PP.
lol at all four goals being stoppable. Game 1 was a one-timer and a breakaway with their best player. Game 2 Doughty made half the team look silly and fired a shot through a screen, then Carter scored off a rebound. At most one of them was soft, and that's only because Marty himself took the blame on the Fraser goal.
Let Marty embrace his inner troll, he's been feisty in the media all series. Whatever you want to say about his play, he wants to stick it to the Rangers as bad as any of us. And that's rare, when a player genuinely cares as much as the fans do...especially a guy of Marty's stature.
Funny story, I was at the movies and told my friend I wasn't seeing any updates until after the movie was over, cause I figured the game would almost be over at that point. Then my friend looks up the score on her phone and the Flyers were already up 1-0, I was like bah, that's why I didn't want to see the score till later, I wanted to just pull off the bandaid at once lol. Next time I see it it was 1-1 in the third, then by the time I get to my car it was 2-1, then by the time I started listening on the radio it was 3-1 and fortunately I got home just in time to turn on the TV telecast and see Salvador troll the Flyers with his 200-foot goal
Posted by NJDevs4978
on 14 February 2012 - 11:28 PM
Why do you guys even bother parsing the NHL front page? That ain't the first place I'm looking for Devils news before the Devils' own site, TG's Fire and Ice blog or message boards like this. Honestly I think some of you aren't happy unless you have something to complain about
Posted by NJDevs4978
on 21 January 2012 - 09:17 PM
I wouldn't call our attendance "terrible", compared to other teams in pro sports, some who have been better than us recently. Just not that good. But after the last 2 games don't be surprised if they get 11,000 at best on Tuesday.
The Devils haven't drawn below 12,000 all year, and Tuesday's one of the 'value' priced games (I refuse to use the 30th Anniversary designation lol). Today was one of the premium games, and yet another game that would have been a sellout last year fell way short because of it.
Plus even 'after the last two games' the Devils are still in playoff position. They are what we (or at least the sensible ones of us) thought they were. I admit for a moment when we were ahead against Boston thinking maybe the Devils will make the playoffs without a real struggle again, but no - they're exactly what their play says they've been for most of the season: A slightly above average team that's going to struggle to make the playoffs, if they do. Losing two of your top four defenseman and your top defensive forward doesn't exactly help when the weakness of your team was already...defense.
Since November they've been fine overall, beating the teams they're supposed to beat and on the same level with for the most part while losing to the teams better than them. They have a poor record against the top four...who exactly thought the Devils WERE a top four team going into the season? Or now for that matter?