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#1241701 Brodeur embarrassed himself and the franchise today

Posted by thefiestygoat on 26 January 2014 - 05:21 PM

Brodeur certainly had a game to forget but I felt like the team embarrassed themselves as a whole. I can't put this all on Brodeur. Careless turnovers and bad positioning and they left Brodeur out to dry. I lost count of how many odd man rushes the Rangers had and they seemed to convert on almost every single one. My problem today is definitely with the team in the last 40 minutes and not Brodeur. Today was really a perfect storm of everything that could go wrong, going wrong.

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#1239883 2013-2014 Lineup/Roster Thread

Posted by thefiestygoat on 19 January 2014 - 03:20 PM

I'm not really disputing that Josefson is probably better, or at least I didn't mean to give that impression.

My point is that Josefson won't make the team better in any significant way. Maybe he would better on the PK, but it's hard to make the PK any better than it already is. He might be better defensively at even strength, but again, it's hard for the Devils to get any better if you're basing defensive play on shots against.

Offense is really where you want significant improvement, and Josefson isn't really going to advance the ball in that area so much that it'll impact the bottom line.

Getting upset over Gionta's playing time is really just a distraction.

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Considering the Devils don't have any quality offensive forward prospects, unless you are high on Boucher, they should be trying to work Josefson and Loktionov into the line up. Letting a career AHLer with a last name play over them while they rot in the stands is irresponsible. I guess it doesn't matter at this point, Loktionov is probably going to the KHL next year and Josefson's days in NJ are numbered. But hey, we're keeping Stephen Gionta happy and can re-sign him to another 2 year deal for DeBoer. Hooray asset management.

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#1239879 2013-2014 Lineup/Roster Thread

Posted by thefiestygoat on 19 January 2014 - 02:57 PM

My point is that Josefson is not really significantly better than Gionta, and even if he is, it just does not matter. (He's a big part of the penalty kill that is the best in the league, so he must be doing something right). It's almost like having a debate about whether we'd be better off with Janssen or Aaron Ashem. Maybe Ashem will provide a little more offense, but it doesn't make the team any better or worse.

So if there's something to the rest of the players liking Gionta and him being good for morale, I'll take that over maybe the very marginal improvement that maybe Josefson would bring in the measurable things.

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Except he is. I just gave links that show Josefson has been better than Gionta in passing and zone exits. The Devils PK may be solid but is Gionta really that much of an asset? Especially over Josefson? Gionta has the worst Goals Against per 20 minutes rate on the Devils PK for any Devils forward by a decent amount. He's also the 5th most used forward on the PK in ice time per game. Josefson averages roughly the same amount of SH time when he plays yet has a better goals against rate. Gionta actually has the 9th worst Goals Against per 20 minutes rate for forwards in the NHL. Gionta seems to be the weak link there.


Gionta being well liked in the locker room defintely doesn't make up for his on ice play. I doubt it really makes his teammates play that much better.


IMO Josefson hasn't been given a long enough try with decent line mates, he has been screwed by DeBoer and S. Gionta doesn't belong in the NHL he is a lifetime AHL player.

Amen. I don't know how many points DeBoer was expecting him to put up with Janssen and playing 10 minutes a night.

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#1239267 GDT: Devils @ Avalanche 9:00 PM EST

Posted by thefiestygoat on 16 January 2014 - 09:46 PM

Pretty "meh" period. Unfortunately Gionta's defensive lapse resulted in a goal against.

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#1236846 Jacob Josefson placed on IR

Posted by thefiestygoat on 08 January 2014 - 12:12 PM

Looks like this was a paper move to re-claim Urbom (whom I assume then gets sent down to Albany right away). Retroactive to whenever Josefson last played and he will be active soon enough. Circumvented the spirit of the IR.

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#1236818 Devils/Prudential Center Making 'Huge' Announcement Tomorrow a

Posted by thefiestygoat on 08 January 2014 - 11:33 AM

I like poker but that is a bit of a letdown from a "huge" or "major" announcement.

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#1222659 Devils Waive Olesz

Posted by thefiestygoat on 04 November 2013 - 12:20 PM

Olesz hasn't been great but I would've rather have seen Tedenby waived before him. Olesz has at least been mediocre which is more than I can say than for Tedenby.

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#1219513 GDT #10 - Canucks @ Devils 7:00 PM ET

Posted by thefiestygoat on 24 October 2013 - 08:59 PM

Thought the team played a solid D game, just a shame that Schneider had an off night. Happy with the 3rd period - the Devils had 12 shots thru 2 and then put up 17 in the 3rd. Only allowed Vancouver 21 in 65 minutes. I also liked the discipline, only took 2 penalties (both Zidlicky) in 65 minutes but drew 3 (Gionta drew 2). Also did better on faceoffs tonight - Zajac 10/17, Loktionov 5/8, Gionta 6/12. Though Henrique struggled at 4/14 but he was going up against Kesler most of the time to be fair. Zubrus-Henrique-Ryder along with Greene-Fayne did well against the Sedins line for the most part tonight. Loktionov looked better tonight, Brunner was more involved, and Jagr seems to have his legs under him recently, I guess the lack of preseason action affected him a bit early on.


With all that positive stuff said, this team needs to start getting W's somehow.

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#1219053 Bobby Orr on Francesa

Posted by thefiestygoat on 23 October 2013 - 11:35 AM


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#1210097 Henrik Tallinder Lashes Out at DeBoer

Posted by thefiestygoat on 13 September 2013 - 10:30 PM

I like DeBoer a lot but the way he handled Tallinder didn't make sense to me. I think Tallinder is 100% in the right here and I don't feel his comments were as aggressive as they are being perceived by some. He was arguably the Devils best D before his injury and never got a fair shot last year with the logjam. Also can't forget the impact he had on Mark Fayne.

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#1209015 What's your favorite hockey movie?

Posted by thefiestygoat on 04 September 2013 - 05:24 AM

I don't see how anything can ever top Slap Shot. Miracle is my 2nd favorite but it still doesn't come close to Slap Shot at all on my list. Slap Shot is in a league of its own.

Honestly, if Goon didn't have Stifler Seann William Scott in it, I wouldn't think much of it. Yeah, funny late night movie to have a few laughs at while killing time but it can't compare to Slap Shot in my opinion.

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#1208344 USA's 2014 Olympic Jerseys

Posted by thefiestygoat on 27 August 2013 - 03:34 PM

I absolutely love these, especially the crest! I think it's a lot better than USA Hockey's logo, however I am a soccer fan so of course this appeals to me a lot more.

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#1203396 2013-14 Prospect Thread

Posted by thefiestygoat on 14 July 2013 - 08:49 PM

I've been able to figure out who 6 of the FA invitees are to prospect camp via twitter. I'm sure there are others but we'll have to wait till the roster comes out tomorrow. The 6 are LW Frank DiChiara, G Jake Hildebrand, LW Nick Saracino, RD Zach Tolkinen, LD Oleg Yevenko, and LW Conor Sheary.


LW Frank DiChiara 6'5, 215, 19 yrs old (Yale)
- From Long Island
- USHL Clark Cup Champion last year (OT GWG)
- 2012-13 Dubuque (USHL): 64 GP 30-30-60 +26 18 PIM, Playoffs: 11 GP 4-8-12 +4 6 PIM

- 3rd on team in scoring last year

- Entering freshman year at Yale


G Jake Hildebrand 5'11, 182, 20 yrs old (Michigan State)
- Played 65.4% games as a freshman last year
- 2012-13: 29 GP 9-17-2 2.35 GAA .928 SV% 2 SO 1,659:39 MIN


LW Nick Saracino 5'11, 185, 21 yrs old (Providence)
- Just finished freshman season
- 2012-13: 28 GP 11-7-18 +8 10 PIM 20.0 SH% 1.96 SH/GP (6 PPG)
- Tied 3rd on team in scoring


RD Zach Tolkinen 6'3, 190, 23 yrs old (Quinnipiac)
- Just finished junior year
- 2012-13: 38 GP 2-5-7 +11 51 PIM
- NCAA Career: 99 GP 6-19-25 +5 121 PIM


LD Oleg Yevenko 6'7, 250, 22 yrs old (UMass Amherst)
- Just finished sophomore year
- 2012-13: 31 GP 0-1-1 -5 55 PIM 0.0 SH% 0.71 SH/GP
- NCAA Career: 64 GP 1-3-4 -6 93 PIM 2.5 SH% 0.63 SH/GP


LW Conor Sheary 5'9, 160, 21 yrs old (UMass Amherst)
- Just finished junior year
- 2012-13: 34 GP 11-16-27 -6 29 PIM 10.78 SH% 3.00 SH/GP
- 2nd on team in scoring last year
- NCAA Career: 104 GP 29-47-76 +4 51 PIM 12.03 SH% 2.32 SH/GP

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#1203182 Kovalchuk Retired Effective Immediately?

Posted by thefiestygoat on 13 July 2013 - 10:35 PM



apparently that article is saying that Kovalchuk's siter Arina said he'd return to the NHL in 3 years? not sure how legit is that but thats not the point that im posting it.


Let's say he'd want to come back... how would you take it if he does? how would you treat him? treat him as a crowd?

Personally, I would hope all the other 29 teams would vote to allow him back and then the Devils say "screw you, stay in Russia" and block him. If he wanted to go there so bad now then he can stay there for the rest of his career.

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#1200278 CLARKSON SIGNS w/TORONTO $36.75M / 7yrs

Posted by thefiestygoat on 05 July 2013 - 12:58 PM

I was a huge fan of Clarkson so I'll miss him but I'm glad the Devils won't be paying that contract. Good for him though, he worked against the odds to get into the league and then made something of himself. This contract should set up his family well so I have no hard feelings towards him.

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