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Member Since 04 Aug 2005
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In Topic: Is This the Patty Elias Swan Song Season?

24 July 2015 - 05:46 PM

He's obviously in the twilight of his career. I personally think its entirely up to him at this point what he wants to do. If he goes to Shero and requests a trade to a contender at the deadline, I hope its granted. He's assuredly getting a banner at The Rock and will always be a Devil, but if he wants to play his last season or two elsewhere, then so be it. I'd love to see him retire a Devil, but wtf-ever really. If he has a good start to the season and we can get a strong return for him at the deadline, then we're better for it in the long run than holding on to some sentimental garbage (I don't mean him as a player, more the whole retire in one uniform thing). It won't change my opinion of him and what he's done here.

 

If Marty, hell if Lou, don't retire as members of the Devils organization, than that noise is out the window. Patty's earned the right to receive whatever he asks for.

In Topic: David Conte Out

10 July 2015 - 04:47 PM

I'm happy you appreciate it.

 

Serious question, would you have hired Shero, and do you think he was Lou's hand picked successor?

I never saw him as someone who respects the Penguin organization, and I find it surprising he didn't pluck someone from the Kings or Sharks organization, as  Wilson and Dean are two Lou acolytes.  

 

Personally, I don't think I'd have hired Shero, but the reasoning for his hiring is clear. Shero has been in the league a while, both as an asst GM and as a head GM and knows his way around it. I don't think I would've gone for a neophyte GM (i.e. Marty) regardless of whomever's attachment to the organization. I like the fact that we brought in a GM from outside the organization without any ties to the franchise whatsoever. This team needs a new vision going forward. Lou is 70 something and Conte is up there as well. Neither were going to be in their positions for much longer anyway and its perfectly understandable that a new GM would make changes like this as he takes over. Good GMs don't grow on trees in this league and reaching into the basket and giving someone without a track record a chance wasn't the prudent move IMO right now. I also find it hard to sit here and vilify Shero a couple of months into his tenure, especially when I've agreed with literally every single move he's made so far, from not diving headfirst into the UFA pool or making a dumb trade (yet). Its going to take time to fix the team, just as its going to take time to judge Shero for his job and Lou on his decision.

 

At the very least I'm glad we didn't hire a Dave Nonis or JFJ lol.

In Topic: John Moore to NJD

03 July 2015 - 01:10 PM

McDonagh's were at least comparable his freshman year.  Thing to remember about Santini is that Boston College is pretty loaded on D - Matheson, Hanifin, and Ian McCoshen were all higher picks than Santini and have produced more.  Matheson is gone and hopefully Hanifin follows.  That would leave Santini and McCoshen to be the top pair and hopefully get some PP time.

 

Santini was top pairing with Hanifin until he got hurt.

In Topic: John Moore to NJD

03 July 2015 - 01:06 PM

Not just college, but the point production at the USNDT level was very underwhelming also. But I suppose if there is ever going to be an exception to the rule, Santini might be it. But it would make me feel better if he put up maybe 20 points this year.


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He's not an offensive defenseman. Hes a stay at home/shut down guy. You're looking at Santini from the wrong angle. 

In Topic: July 1st- UFA Madness

02 July 2015 - 04:16 PM

Semin intrigues me as a 1 year project. He's on the wrong side of 30 BUT for one or two yr term for 2M or less, why not? My only thought is he can probably make more money across the pond.

 

If we want to give Semin that opportunity, there's no reason at all why we shouldn't go higher than 2M to prevent a better team from getting him or him just going back to Russia. We're nowhere near the cap. If the team is serious about taking a flier on Semin, give him 4M on a one year term. If he plays well he'll be a trade piece at the deadline. Worst case hes out the door in the offseason.