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#1322913 David Conte Out

Posted by ghdi on 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.

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#1319092 Friedman: Devils Could Take Run At MSL

Posted by ghdi on 03 June 2015 - 08:57 PM

Shouldn't we be trying to get younger?? We already have enough old players who barely produce.


Marty St. Louis this past season would've LED this team in scoring by 9 points. That's how much this team "barely produces".


No one is arguing we shouldnt be getting younger. The problem is its not a magic elixir where its going to happen in one fell swoop. We don't have enough NHL ready prospects that even deserve a shot yet and the cost to sign the younger UFAs outweighs the contracts we'd have to give to get a player like Matt "David Clarkson 2.0" Beleskey. 


We're not going to be able to automatically insert draft picks into the 5 holes (4 UFA + Clowe) into the forward corps we have right now. There will be UFAs signed. Would you rather waste cap/years on a guy you hate in 2-3 years and want gone, or 1-2 on a veteran who can still produce in the regular season and has a work ethic that can brush off on the young guys we do have.

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#1310669 If we pick 7th.... Who would you choose.

Posted by ghdi on 22 March 2015 - 04:22 PM

Its going to cost at least the Devils 1st and there two 2nd round picks for the Leafs to think about trading Kessel to the Devils that is way to much for one player


Based on what? 


 I do think it will cost a first, but not 3 picks as you suggest. Kessel also can control where he gets traded, so that its another limit.


If he doesnt get traded at the draft, then its a moot point anyway. A 1st and 2 2nds in the same draft is not something any team would be interested in doing. I could see: 2016 first, 2015 2nd, and a prospect being a doable deal if it was the Devils he was getting traded to. The contract is a big issue. 


 That said, I think he's going to get traded to the Islanders. They have cap room, assets and with them moving into Barclay's he's the type of splash I see them wanting to make. They just dont have a first, but I dont see a lot of teams offering Toronto a first during the draft for Kessel unless they take a 2016. 

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#1267522 So Apparently The Rumor Is Kovy Could Be Coming Back

Posted by ghdi on 09 June 2014 - 08:52 AM

He fvcked us over 


I understand this line of thinking, but at the same time I think it's too easy to think this way. It's easy to say he screwed us over, but at the same time we've gotten the pick we were to lose returned (albeit lower) and the fine has been cut in half. The biggest problem Kovy caused IMO is that his being signed could've potentially cost us Parise, but even there there's plenty of conjecture stating that his agents talked him into going to FA and its also possible he (Parise) wanted to leave + the contract was offered to Kovy in the first place so IMO that blame falls more to management.


The fact is we don't really know anything about the circumstances surrounding Kovalchuk. Is it that big of a stretch to think that Lou went to him and tossed the idea of Russia around to get out from under the contract? A buyout would've been ridiculously costly and its not a longshot to think that trading that contract would've been extremely hard. It's quite possible Kovalchuk's contract was a sticking point in respect to new ownership and we certainly got new ownership shortly after Kovy left. It almost seems too perfect. Lou did not give up the pick the year we took Matteau for a reason, its quite possible he knew that he was going to be able to get out of the jam even then or at least saw a way to get out of it.


I don't think anything is clear cut in this story and we may never know what really caused it all to happen. I certainly don't have a high opinion of Kovy simply because that's the natural/kneejerk reaction I have as a fan of this team, but at the same time I find it hard to believe that the story we've been given is wholly true. 


From the perspective of just hockey, I'm absolutely fine with Kovy returning provided (as with almost any player) the price and terms are right. 

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#1267502 So Apparently The Rumor Is Kovy Could Be Coming Back

Posted by ghdi on 09 June 2014 - 06:49 AM

Who's ready for another fvcked up summer! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!



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#1265668 Confronting the Nightmare - UPDATE: NIGHTMARE OVER, KINGS WIN!

Posted by ghdi on 27 May 2014 - 10:56 AM

I dont care about the Kings. They beat us rather soundly and aside from their sh!tty Twitter feed, I don't have an abundance of hate for them. I don't like them and I don't want them to win, but if its against the Great Satan across the river, I hope the Kings rip the Rags to pieces.

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#1256722 Who can we trade/sign this off season that's a "Devil" pla

Posted by ghdi on 28 March 2014 - 07:21 PM

First off can we get a "LIKE" button, there i posts I would like but donot want to commetn on....


See the little green arrow in the bottom right of posts? That's the "like" button.


As for the topic, we still need a reliable goal scorer, if not 2.  If this was 5 years ago, Id be all for Iginla, but I don't think he'd come here unless the Bruins win the Cup and Id rather bring Jagr back than another 35+ guy. We're likely not going to be seen as a contender going into next season and I see Iginla still Cup hunting if he doesn't get to raise it this year.


Who I'd like to see from the UFA list as it stands now: Moulson and/or Stastny. Id also like to see Sal gotten rid of.

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#1207025 Fox 29 Philadelphia Confirm Devils sold to Josh Harris

Posted by ghdi on 14 August 2013 - 06:51 PM

Best news of the offseason thus far. 

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#1200243 Devils sign Rostislav Olesz - 1 year, 1 Way, 1 Million

Posted by ghdi on 05 July 2013 - 12:32 PM

Id rather see Olesz get a shot than Poni get another shift.

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#1196664 Calgary Underwater

Posted by ghdi on 23 June 2013 - 11:43 AM

Why? We're you just as upset when people lost their HOMES during sandy? It's a friggin stadium owned by wealthy people with sh!tloads of insurance on it. If something like that happened to the rock they will be fine and I wouldn't shed a tear as opposed to people's houses who can't afford that same type of coverage.

God to be heartbroken over a stadium being damaged is complete lunacy.


For fvcks sake, way to attack someone for thinking hockey on a hockey discussion forum.


So because someone doesn't express condolences during a catastrophe for people that are 1000+ miles away in another country, he's a lunatic? Or because he doesnt talk about the home losses first? Of course that is more important, but no one has said anything to the contrary. This is a hockey forum and equating the situation to your own team's home stadium is perfectly logical espc when theres pictures of the Saddledome in this thread as a reference point.


Get off your moral high horse. Your reaction to a comment in passing and an attempt to localize the same situation is absolutely disgusting and reprehensible. Oh look at DevsMan84, he cares so much about the people. Just because the same feelings aren't expressed on a forum where there's probably little to no Calgary citizens to begin with doesnt mean someone doesn't care or weighs the insignificant more than the significant.


I would much rather see the people that have been through this able to keep their homes and businesses and obviously the Saddledome is secondary, but that's also the only point of reference for people who've never been to Calgary. When I think of Calgary, I think of the Flames and Bret Hart, and neither of them are going to suffer because of this.

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#1195872 Summer 2013 UFA/RFA Thread

Posted by ghdi on 18 June 2013 - 07:14 PM


nobody knows what Lou is doing now. But 1-2-3-4-5 weeks before free agency, there's no difference really other than he has more time to make things happen. Point is at that point it's too late for plan B.


What we do know (from reports and from people involved in different situations through the years and quotes taken from interviews and sh!t. Lou does not want to talk contracts during the season. He's secretive and all we all know that. But with Lou himself saying its that way and many many agents and players confirming it, im taking it for cash at this point. 



I didnt want to quote you in full, but you don't seem to realize it's a two-way street. The player has to want to stay too and they're not going to be honest with the media if asked. Lou "broke the mold" with Zajac earlier this year. Did anyone expect that? Is it absolutely sure that Lou didnt approach Parise in early 2012 about re-signing, but his agents said "we're going to UFA"? It's not a far fetched thought. Zach knew he was going to be the biggest name on the market last year, just as Clarkson (and Elias) know that they will get plenty of attention this year.


I just don't believe we have enough information to put all the grievances you seem to have on Lou. The players are culpable as well and not everyone wants to stay in New Jersey, which historically, despite our success, is not a high profile place to play.


What would be your Plan B this year? Lets say the worst happens and we lose Elias, Zubrus, and Clarkson. If Plan B was Horton or Weiss and both decided to sign elsewhere for less money, would that be Lou's fault?


I agree that there's things that Lou has done (The 3Ms, the Salvador contract) that I shake my head or scoff at, but some of the things that seem to rattle you read to me like you're being petulant/impatient. At least wait til the worst happens before assuming it's going to. I believe Lou mostly does everything he can to keep a guy, but sometimes it's just not going to happen and we don't have all the reasons as to why not b/c they're not shared with us. I also do not take the word of an agent (espc) or player as concrete, regardless if its stated regularly as their egos and public image are more important than Lou's. Lou is not going to get in a pissing match with anyone.


The only thing I can say to you is WAIT. We don't know what Lou has been doing b/c this team doesn't make announcements until they're official. The fact that Loktionov has agreed gives me more than enough hope that there is hope. Again, for all we know, Lou has agreements in place with Elias and Clarkson right now and is waiting til it can be made official to announce it. We just don't do things like other teams and never have.

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#1191917 Possible replacements for Salvador?

Posted by ghdi on 17 May 2013 - 02:10 AM

too soon to give him the captain spot on the team... He has way too many years left on this team.. Once they give it to him theyre not going to take it away


This is silly. Scott Stevens was made Captain in 1992. Less than a year after he joined the Devils and less than a year after he initially refused to come here. He remained Captain til his retirement 13 years later. Heck, look at other organizations. Colorado named Landeskog Captain his 2nd year in the league.


Kovalchuk has been Captain of literally every team he's been a member of. His junior teams. His National team. Atlanta. He's clearly the best player on this team and may end up being the best forward this team has ever had.


I have no problems with Salvador as Captain. It's clear the guys like and respect him, but the fact remains that besides last year's playoffs, he's not even our best at his position. 

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#1156242 Election Night Coverage (radio)

Posted by ghdi on 09 November 2012 - 01:01 PM

I was shocked that Obama won this election. I give a lot of credit to the boot-licking mainstream media, which has taken orders from the White House the last four years. It's a scandal.

LOL Still banging the "blame the media" drum. Blame your party for being behind the times and change that is occurring to this country's demographics. In 20 years, white people will be the largest minority!

Still, it's a humiliating loss for the Republican Party, which needs to communicate the greatness of conservatism to Latinos, women, blacks. The effort needs to be much better. Having a dynamic, conservative presidential candidate is a must. Romney was all over the place in this campaign, and his "move to the center" in the last couple weeks of the campaign was blatant pandering. It's not to be respected, and people see right through it. The solution is not to move to the center. Move to the right, especially on fiscal issues.

The solution is absolutely to move to the center, which is what the majority of pundits (including prominent conservatives) are saying post-election. Why don't you hard right automatons get this? Don't just look at the presidential race, look at house and senate races where hard right conservatism was smoked all around! The Tea Party took an absolute beating on Tuesday night. You throw Dick Lugar out in Indiana during the primaries who is/was the definition of a moderate for a Tea Party loon and a Democrat wins a traditionally red seat. Romney portrayed himself as a center-right candidate during the first debate and thats when he finally came alive in the polls. George W. Bush ran as a center-right candidate and won, albeit by the skin of his teeth. Far right and far left candidates do-not-win national elections. It may be enough to win a House seat in some random district, or maybe a senate seat depending on the political temperature at that time, but this has been proven over and over again since Goldwater that hard right won't win and if they do win, they get slammed shortly thereafter. The leading names already being thrown about for '16 are Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, NEITHER of which are "true" conservatives. Whatever the fvck that means.

The more the demographics change, the more left this country is going to go. Its exactly what happened in Western Europe in the 80s and 90s. White Conservatives are an aging breed. This election had a higher turnout of young voters and minorities than last time and its far more likely to keep trending in that direction than not. Something like 5000 Latinos turn 18 every month in this country and putting up Marco Rubio isn't going to win it for you. Its stunning that the GOP hasn't crested 40% in California in the last 2 elections.

the full implementation of Obamacare will sink us, and the debt will rise and rise. God help us if it all comes crashing down.

When it doesn't, will you admit you were wrong?

Obama and Harry Reid's olive branch after the election was such a crock after the dirty campaign that they ran. The Bain Capital ads that attacked Romney's character, Reid's unfounded accusation of Romney being a tax cheat ... those two can go fvck themselves. I have never seen anything like it. It made swiftboating look like a sea cruise.

And John Boehner's isn't? And Mitch McConnell's isn't? Karl Rove and Sheldon Adelson are bastions of integrity to you? Have you seen the Ohio Jeep ad that basically sunk Romney there in the last 2 weeks and how they got basically told off for blatantly lying about what they were presenting? They can ALL go fvck themselves. I still don't get where the right was in respect to Romney's taxes. All presidential candidates release tax returns dating back decades. Ryan released something like 10-15 years of them, yet Romney DIDNT. Its a known fact that he has offshore holdings and while there is nothing illegal about that, his refusal to be honest about them was galling. If it was the Democrat who was pulling that same stuff, it'd have been hammered to death.

And again as I stated during the primaries, Santorum would've been obliterated in this election. Obama would've gained close to if not more than 400 EV's. I find it absolutely hilarious that Romney did not win anywhere he has roots and fared worse than McCain in many respects and only minimally improved on McCain overall by the time it was over.
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#1156096 Election Night Coverage (radio)

Posted by ghdi on 07 November 2012 - 12:14 PM

Just shows what a bad choice Romney was. I really think Ron Paul would have won the election if he were the Republican nominee.

No candidate that wants to repeal Roe vs Wade and makes it a point will win a national election. It will not happen. This country does not respond well to taking away any sort of civil liberty regardless of how "hot button" the issue. His past with the alleged racism/racist ties would also have doomed him completely with minorities.

Dont get me wrong, I like Ron Paul and I respect him, and while I think he has a bunch of very smart, tangible, and realistic ideas, I don't think his politics would've been accepted by this country on whole. For all his good ideas, he has a silly one here and there.

Conversely, had Gary Johnson been able to compete on the same level as Romney and Obama in terms of money and debate access, I think this race would've been closer and he'd have likely done better than Ross Perot. I don't think he'd have won though.
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#1156090 Next four years

Posted by ghdi on 07 November 2012 - 12:02 PM

The pessimism is a bit nauseating, but I will try a counter. Not calling you right or wrong.

1. Obama has repeatedly stated that the deficit is a problem and stated dozens of times during the campaign that it is a priority this term. It is also not something he can fix by himself. It takes the Congress and both sides to get this accomplished. Since before day one of his first term, the GOP has admittedly stated their goal was not to work with this President and they accomplished that goal. I agree w/ you in certain respects. I don't think this is an easy problem to fix, but I don't see the explosion that you do. I think they will get it down to more manageable levels. They have to get it down.

I personally believe this was the most effective non-candidate ad I saw during this cycle (I didnt see it in 2010). I don't believe what it suggests, but it definitely is thought-provoking:


2. Unemployment has been getting better, but I agree that it has been too little. I think it will continue to go down and will be around 4-5% when Obama's second term is over.

3. No argument.

4. This is obviously tied to #2, but I also disagree with this. I agree entirely that the economy is flawed, but I don't think its a momentary thing. I think it's conceptually and fundamentally flawed that neither side will be able to fix without a complete overhaul and re-thinking of how the economy works on a global level. I predict that by the time Obama leaves office the economy will have stabilized and there will be less on food stamps and a lower poverty level, but I don't see it improving drastically. I don't think any # in poverty is tolerable, but there will always be some and I do think it will be at a more "tolerable" level in 4 years.

5. The President has no control over gas prices. This is a substantiated fact. We consume 20% of the entire world's supply and export next to nothing in comparison. Domestic production is UP since Obama took office (drilling is up acc to your link). The bigger problem is how dependent we are on the oil teat. The problems Sandy caused in relation to gas were extraordinary to me (I did not experience the 70s). Gas prices are not a cut and dry issue that can be tacked to any president. Alternative energy is clearly the way of the future and has obviously been a priority in Obama's administration (again, your link). I think they will continue to work towards this technology and we'll see some real progress on that front , but I agree, I don't think gas prices are going to go way down, but I also don't think we're headed to European-style gas prices.

6. As long as the Fed goes unchecked, I sadly agree with this. This goes deeper than any President's term though. I don't see this changing, but I hope it can at least be curbed. I do predict there to be more stability here.

7. I think the market will have its ups and downs, but I don't predict a cataclysmic collapse or anything permanently damaging occurring. The nature of the market is volatile these days, but I do think there will be growth rather than any regression.

I believe Obama had every right to blame Bush for a lot of our current problems (some of them were created well before Bush), and its believed by most economists that it takes 3-5 years for an economical policies effect to be felt by the regular man. However, any problems that exist by the time Obama leaves office that have either been exacerbated or created between now and then, the blame is firmly on his shoulders.
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