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mort4345

Member Since 25 Jun 2004
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In Topic: Is Phil Kessel the answer?

25 January 2015 - 10:20 PM

Here's what scares me the most. Kessell signed a $64 million 8 year contract in 2013 if I remember correctly. Throw in the draft pics and players necessary to pry him away from the Leafs and it's clear that the Devils are going to have to pay a pretty steep price to acquire Kessell - a player, who I wouldn't necessarily label one of the few "elite" players in the league despite being the 7th highest paid cap-hit player in the NHL. Ultimately, I think Kessell's contract numbers will (sooner than later) become an albatross that the Devils are going to regret if they did indeed head down this unwise path. In short, for the price you have to pay, it's far too big of a gamble. 

In Topic: 2014-2015 Around the league thread

19 January 2015 - 09:29 PM

McKenzie article on the possibility of a Ryan O'Reilly trade.

 

http://www.tsn.ca/a-...-think-1.186227

 

Says that Colorado looking for a right handed defenseman.  He mentions Tyler Myers and Gardiner, although it appears that he's being sarcastic that at least Myers is an attractive target for any team at this point.  I think Larsson has more trade value at this point than Myers has, but we'll see I guess.

I don't believe Larsson has more trade value than Myers. I wish it were so but Myers would, in my humble opinion, garner a way better package than one for Larsson. Just remember, three months ago a large majority of this board was basically willing to get anything they could for Larson.

In Topic: Is Phil Kessel the answer?

19 January 2015 - 09:24 PM

But why? Adding Kessel to the group we have basically just makes us the Leafs, a team that some years might squeeze into the 7th or 8th playoff spot. It would be the same mistake Toronto made trying to shortcut the proper rebuild of the offense that needs to take place. Also, he doesn't seem like the greatest role model/influence for any young forwards we do plan to develop.

I agree wholeheartedly with this assessment.

In Topic: Trade Deadline 2015

13 January 2015 - 10:58 AM

Here is the projected lineup for Wednesday.. (from TG)

Devs' lines today: Henrique-Gomez-Bernier; Elias-Zajac-Havlat; Zubrus-Cammalleri-Ryder; Whitney-Sestito/Josefson-Tootoo.

 

I'm not sure where to even begin with that squad...

In Topic: 2015 All-Stars...Elias NJ's lone rep...

10 January 2015 - 11:01 PM

Okay, I like Elias, but let's get real here, he's not even close to any conceivable definition of an All-Star. He's just not. On a terrible Devils team, he wouldn't even rank as one of the top-seven Devils players in any measurable impact rankings for the TEAM this season. So the question is: Is this a legitimate offering to a player who has separated himself from his colleagues in a significant way, or more simply, a lifetime achievement award that happened to be awarded at this random time in his career. You make the call.

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And as to my two cents on the Jagr All-Star deal, Jagr clearly deserved the nod over Elias but he made it perfectly clear that he didn't want to be part of the All-Star lineup - he said he didn't deserve it and i give him tons of credit for being honest. As such, if Jagr isn't deserving, I think it pretty much goes without saying that no other Devil is deserving of a trip to All-Star weekend. And I don't give a crap about the NHL's stupid obsession (read: money) with trying to get at least one representative from each team - so that argument falls on deaf ears for me. If somebody is worthy, by virtue of his stellar play this season, not because of his name, his reputation, his historical production, etc., then said person should be invited to the All-Star game. And if eight teams, or ten, or 12, happen to have no representatives, well, tough sh!t.

 

Anyhoo, I just felt like weighing in on this perfectly frustrating season ... even when the Devils get rewarded, I'm still pissed. 

 

p.s. When does the 2015-2016 season start again?