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#1316284 Tootoo signed to one year deal (825K)

Posted by mfitz804 on 10 May 2015 - 07:53 PM

theres already too many 4th line players on this team thats part of our problem.. they start playing on other lines when they have no business being on the 2nd line where a much higher quality player should be

Bernier was 2nd in goals, 4th in points on the team, and he missed what, 18 or so games? So if you were choosing between our excess of 4th liners, he wouldn't be one of them? Especially at the less than $1m you'd have to pay him???

If that's what you meant, I am glad you aren't the GM.
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#1313186 Summarize the season: In one word

Posted by mfitz804 on 12 April 2015 - 08:37 AM

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#1312542 Realistic trade targets in the offseason

Posted by mfitz804 on 08 April 2015 - 02:30 PM



It's risky, especially since he's not exactly renowned for work ethic, attitude, and being able to do more than score. 


At this point, I would take the 25-30 goals per season (maybe more on our offense, where he'd be the only guy scoring) and worry about what kind of a d!ck he is later. 

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#1312440 No Devils Awards This Year

Posted by mfitz804 on 08 April 2015 - 06:48 AM

I give the MVP to Bryce Salvador. His not playing was my favorite part of this season.
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#1311494 Our next head coach

Posted by mfitz804 on 30 March 2015 - 08:04 PM

Simple formula. Figure out who the top 3 available coaches are. Figure out which is the most defense oriented, and has the best track record.

Then we'll hire someone less eligible.
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#1311168 Should Daneyko continue as color commentator next year?

Posted by mfitz804 on 26 March 2015 - 07:41 PM

I'd ditch Cangialosi first, I am sick of him. He also needs to realize we are not "struggling to stay in the playoff race" at this point.

Dano us tough but he's a team guy, he doesn't bother me.
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#1309449 Elias not happy on the 4th line

Posted by mfitz804 on 10 March 2015 - 09:16 PM

Parise only signed the one year deal for the express purpose of showing other teams he was healthy so he could land the big payday. He had no intention of staying here, it just would make no sense to sign a long term deal coming off a season missed due to injury.

Lou had NO CHANCE of retaining him. Personally, I'd have traded him during the one year deal.
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#1309253 Is Patrik Elias a Hall of Famer?

Posted by mfitz804 on 09 March 2015 - 11:57 AM

I just happened across a feature on hockey-reference.com, where they take the statistics of a given player and compile a list of "Players with careers of similar quality and shape". The ones listed for Patrik are:


Adam Oates (HOF)

Paul Kariya

Alexander Mogilny

Mark Messier (HOF)

Dale Hawerchuk (HOF)

Sergei Federov 

Bernie Geoffrion (HOF)

Jeremy Roenick

Bryan Trottier (HOF)

Daniel Alfredsson


The ones who are already in are noted. Regarding the others:


Kariya has less goals (402) and less assists (587)


Mogilny has a goal edge (473) but less assists (559)


Federov has an edge in both goals (483) and assists (696), but not as big a disparity as I would have expected. Ditto with Roenick, although I knew he had over 500 goals (513 and 703 respectively).


Alfredsson edges him out also (444 and 713). 


I think Federov, Roenick, and Mogilny are near certain to get in. I think Alfredsson has an excellent chance. Kariya's numbers are less but his career was also short by comparison,15 seasons, but one was a lockout year and two of them were only 22 and 11 games played, I assume due to injury. And he lost the same year that everyone else lost, 2004-05.


Looking at those numbers, and if you take the site's statistical comparison as accurate, the argument in favor of Patrik is pretty compelling. 


Here's his page, for reference:



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#1309099 GDT: Alumni Game 3:45 stream- www.newjerseydevils.com

Posted by mfitz804 on 07 March 2015 - 09:56 PM

Pretty cool that so many players were able to make the game, brings back some really good memories too.
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#1309075 Is Patrik Elias a Hall of Famer?

Posted by mfitz804 on 07 March 2015 - 07:16 PM

I have a really high standard for hall of fame- so even though I'm a huge patty fan I don't think he measures up.
The problem is that the bar for HOF has been lowered over the year- In numbers alone IMO he shouldn't have a case. But because a guy like sundin is in it all of a sudden makes Elias have a shot.
Also I'd add that if patty didn't have the two lockouts and he played on a more offensive minded team for most of his career, I'm sure he is a HOFer. But that was not the case.
I'll hope he gets in because he's one of my favorite players.

Sundin's stats bury Patrik's. 564/785/1349 in 1346 games. Only had less than 30 goals 5 out of 17 years, two of those being Half seasons (one of which he still got 23).

Patrik is 403/607/1010 in 1210 games over 19 seasons.

Patrik has the Cups, but nowhere near the numbers. If you think Sundin is borderline, Elias doesn't get in unless he pays for admission.

I also don't think "he could have done more without the lockouts" is a valid line of reasoning. There's plenty of guys who outplayed Elias that sat out those same lockouts. So really it's true of everyone so it's irrelevant in terms of HOF consideration.
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#1306987 Devils Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by mfitz804 on 26 February 2015 - 01:12 PM

Yeah if anyone is traded, it's going to be to dump them for whatever, they will not be trading any pieces that yield a significant return.
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#1306966 I really am beginning to hate our fans.

Posted by mfitz804 on 26 February 2015 - 11:28 AM


It is what it is for now..

Maybe the culture will change when the new owners price out the younger / immature crowd in a few years.

That sounds awesome!
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#1306951 I really am beginning to hate our fans.

Posted by mfitz804 on 26 February 2015 - 11:01 AM

Truthfully, the thing I find funniest about this issue is how polarizing it is.

Also, if you are worried that your friends judge you in some way based on things that other people whom you don't even know are chanting, you might want to consider getting some better friends. If you didn't do it, what difference does it make to you what your friends think?
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#1306443 Move Over Panera...There's a New Hot Spot in Town

Posted by mfitz804 on 24 February 2015 - 12:15 PM

Guy finally gets a starting job, suddenly he's too good for Red Lobster and the 'Bee? 



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#1306296 I really am beginning to hate our fans.

Posted by mfitz804 on 23 February 2015 - 04:51 PM

I'll throw in some comments on the anti-family angle this thread has taken.


I have a 7 year old daughter, so far I have only taken her to one game. The YS chant is something I can easily explain, if I needed to. I am pretty sure she's probably heard the word "suck" used in that context before, in a movie or on TV (where I am able to supervise but you can't catch everything), or more likely, in school or at one of her activities, which often involve older kids. 


"Flyers Swallow" is a little harder to explain, but its easy enough to distract her from hearing that because you know it's coming. Not to mention, when that many people are saying something, and you don't know what it is, you can't always make it out anyway. Especially if you are seven. 


From a parent's perspective, its a little more difficult to handle the drunk morons who spend the entire game yelling "Crosby's a jerk" for three periods for no apparent reason (this is based on actual experience, luckily she wasn't at that game). I mean seriously, is he that much of a jerk that you had to yell it for two hours? That's just obnoxious whether you have a kid with you or not. 


All of the above being said, as a parent, you KNOW there will be obnoxious drunks, offensive chants, etc. when you go to a sporting event. Some places are worse than others but it happens all over the place. So you as a parent have to decide whether you can handle your kid's reaction, otherwise you have the option of not going. I know my daughter will be fine, she understands right and wrong, and all of that.


As long as nothing is directed toward her, its all easily explained or ignored. When I was 10 I wore a Devils hat to a Rangers-Devils game at MSG and a grown man threatened to kill me if I didn't take my hat off. My dad just kind of rushed me away and that was that. It would take everything I have not to knock someone out if that happened to my kid, and honestly, that's probably what would happen. 

Is it obnoxious? Maybe. Annoying? At times. Would I expect anyone to take any steps to make it a more family friendly experience for my benefit? Not at all. I am opposed to the changing of the goal song, not because of the YS chant (which I didn't mind and participated in), but because it was a long standing tradition even before the chant. 


In terms of people "having to explain" these things to other adults who haven't been to a Devils game before or being embarrassed by them, that's nonsense. Any adult with a half a brain can figure it out, and being embarrassed over the conduct of other people you don't even know but share a team allegiance with is just plain dumb.


I had a friend who was a Kings fan and moved to NJ, and he never understood why the Devils fans chant "Rangers Suck" at games where the Rangers aren't even playing. To which I responded, "Well wherever they are they fvcking suck". He eventually became a Devs fan and realized this was true. 

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