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In Topic: Realistic Coaching Options thread

20 May 2015 - 10:03 AM

The Devils, with this cast of characters, unfortunately need a coach with some "oomph" behind him.  They can't just make a minor leaguer their head coach because his credibility/influence will fall on deaf ears quickly.  Look at DeBoer.  He always catered to the players "with experience" and always cold shouldered players like Larsson and Josefsson.  Why?  Because he may have been affraid of the backlash veteran players like Jagr, Elias, and Salvador would have had.


I can't see the Devils not hiring a coach with experience unless they are willing to jettison players the likes of Elias and Zubrus, who will certainly have a stick-in-the-mud attitude with a young coach that relegates them to 3rd or 4th line minutes.

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

19 May 2015 - 12:41 PM

Ovechkin as a Devil would be phenomenal...pipe dreams unfortunately. :-(

In Topic: RAY SHERO = NEW GM. Coach decision is Shero's.

07 May 2015 - 01:42 PM


“They wanted a view outside the organization,” said Lamoriello. “They wanted a fresh view.”

fvck these owners, they are scum. Total classless move that they have not issued a statement on Lou's new position, and thanked him for his years of service for the team.



D'Aquila - you live in a fantasy world.  Their "thank you" to Lou is one of many things that have been done non-outwardly/non-verbally, such as:


1.  Allowing him to retain his job from the get-go

2.  Not firing him outright

3.  Oh, and we forget, his actual paycheck. 


We got to step away from entitlement issues.    With all the "secrets" Lou keeps, we can only wonder the real truth about how many things Lou should be grateful for and not the other way around.


The Devils demise the last half a decade can possibly be attributed to Lou.  Team owners can't afford to get caught up in sentimentality when their enterprise is an embarrassment and losing money.  It's business, and that's it.

In Topic: RAY SHERO = NEW GM. Coach decision is Shero's.

06 May 2015 - 05:30 PM

Larsson is not a UFA this offseason if that's what you're getting at.


Havlat/Ryder would not be here whoever the GM is.


Gionta is under contract next year.


Zajac is not getting the return you envision.


Zubrus might be bought out, although it doesn't really matter to me one way or the other.  He has one year left on his deal, and it isn't like there are impact players who space isn't available for because he's taking up a roster spot.


Elias should not be waived or bought out under any circumstances.  And I would only trade him if the return is very good, although it doesn't necessarily have to be a steal. 


Since Shero has indicated that he's not looking for short-term aging forwards to acquire via trade or by big money deals, there should be roster space for Gomez, Tootoo and Bernier.  The team doesn't figure to be that good next year with or without them, so if you can re-sign all, some or none of them by all means, but for nothing more than two years.


My mistake.  Yes, Larsson is RFA this summer.


Elias won't get a return classified as a "steal" as a 39 year old, so I think we will definitely keep him.


I could see a player like Zubrus benefit a younger team like Calgary or even the NY Islanders come playoff time.  Same goes for Bernier and Gionta.


I would keep Bernier and Tootoo.

In Topic: RAY SHERO = NEW GM. Coach decision is Shero's.

06 May 2015 - 02:24 PM

My question is what Shero will make of the following situations:


1.  Larsson - UFA

2.  Havlat / Ryder (what SHOULD happen to these two is a given, but hey, you never know)

3.  Tootoo / Bernier / Gionta / Gomez - bring them back?

4.  Zubrus / Elias - find suitors / waive / declare them as declining role guys?

5.  Try to find a package deal for Zajac (I would take Eric Staal / Jordan Staal in return for example)


Lot's of questions...oh yeah, and find a coach too.