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devils102

Member Since 22 Nov 2004
Offline Last Active Jun 10 2015 07:54 PM
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In Topic: How We Got Here

10 June 2015 - 07:56 PM

If people are going as far back as Niedermayer, than I would even say the loss of Scott Stevens' to concussion problems was the beginning of the end. I don't know that we really replaced that leadership until Parise was captain, although the team had some good years with Langenbrunner wearing the C.

 

Who knows if Stevens got out at just the right time before the new rules were in effect. But I would have loved to see him in 05-06 when I feel like we squandered our best chance to win since '03 (excluding '12 of course). Remember how red-hot the Devils were going into that Carolina series? Elias alone had more goals than the entire Rangers team in the first round. We just choked against the Canes. Would have loved to have Stevens in that series. Niedermayer as well. But he never seemed to have enough intensity to replace Stevens as captain.

 

More recently though I would say the loss of Parise prevented us from continuing as a relevant team in the NHL. I don't think we'd be contenders with him on the ice, but definitely a playoff team.

In Topic: So are we going to ask for compensation for DeBoer?

28 May 2015 - 09:51 PM

I would take Scott Stevens or Adam Oates as compensation.

 

Oh right...

 

But yeah I don't get compensation for fired coaches either. Teams have the right to tell an opposing team they can't speak to a fired coach... that should be the end of it.

In Topic: Confirmed: Sergey Kalinin to devils.

26 May 2015 - 02:49 PM

Assuming he signs I'm fine with it. As others have said, term and cost should be good. Probably better than a North American forward. If this is a rebuilding year, we'll need guys that can fill a roster spot and maybe impress beyond this year.

In Topic: Kovy Making News...for the wrong reasons

18 May 2015 - 05:19 PM

I feel like Kovalchuk has always been a poor sport so this doesn't really surprise me. It's a heat of the moment type thing so I won't hold it against him. But I think it speaks to a lack of maturity compared to guys like Ovechkin or Malkin. Ovi really should have been captain. 

 

EDIT: My first sentence is meant as more of a matter of fact statement than an insult. I think to get to that level you need to be ultra-competitive and sometimes that comes out in ways that are unattractive to people. Kovy was one of the more competitive players NJ ever had in my opinion, and doubly so when it comes to representing his country.

In Topic: 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

13 May 2015 - 09:52 PM

Lame.

Great series though.

I hope Tampa beats them but I'm not optimistic.