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I was hoping that Bergy had learned from his past failures to expand his game. I though Barry Trotz demanding style would give Bergy the guidance that he ignored in the past. Too bad, a lot of potential, but no willingness to learn or listen.
Funny, I wonder what goes through a player like Bergfors' head when his NHL career (for now, at least) comes to an end like this.
I was lucky enough to speak to Merlin Malinowski (former Rocky and Devil) for a while about four years ago, and after he was traded from the Devils to the Whalers early in the '82-'83 season, he struggled mightily with the Whalers...badly enough (a -41) that they released him at the end of the season. And though he was only 24 and had shown potential at the NHL level before (62 points in 69 games during the '80-'81 season), his play was so poor that no one was willing to take a chance on him. He wound up playing in the Swiss leagues from 1983-90, and played quite well there, but never got another shot in the NHL. When I spoke to him I could hear the regret in his voice, that he wished he'd worked much harder on the shortcomings in his game (especially defensively) and had given more of himself as a player...he really seemed to lament his lost opportunity. He had been a second-round pick (27th overall) in 1978, with high expectations...he said he felt like he could have accomplished so much more if his attitude had been better.
Oh, and the screechyness is hilarious. Blame everyone time. Probably didn't have a problem with the Buffalo game or the Tampa game or the couple of other times they've gone to the brink of doing this but come back.
To be expected after a loss like this. The worst thing about games like this is the cliche-spewing that gets regurgitated after losses: "Devils need to play 60 minutes" (NO team in the NHL plays 60 minutes night after night), Insert captain here needs to be a better leader, blah blah blah. As if captains are constantly making inspirational speeches and willing teammates to victories. Some fans have such a bloated, romanticized idea of what an NHL captain is.
The Devils are what they are...they probably have a few more points than they really deserve, so as much as losing a game in this fashion sucks, consider this loss things balancing out a little bit. They did go 3-2 to start off this 13 road games in 18 games stretch. Yeah, 4-1 would've been awesome, would've loved to have seen it, but this team is a work in progress, which means they're going to stumble at times, and have us all yelling "WTF?!" at our TVs.
10-8-1 and still within striking distance of first. No Zajac, no Josefson, pretty much nothing from Tedenby, an .888 save% from Marty, and Zach Parise not really looking much like Zach Parise. And five regulation wins in 19 GP. Could be a lot worse, really.
Count me in the glass half empty crowd...one regulation win in five games, and we've gotten smoked by two of the three good offenses we faced (and probably the only reason we dominated LA was their ridiculous travel schedule).
Maybe the fact we had long layoffs before the Philly and Shark games had something to do with the hideous defensive performances, but we'll find out soon enough.
Yeah, agree, Devils are very lucky to be 3-1-1 (last night may be the beginning of that luck starting to run out). I think of them more as a 1-1-3 team (old W-L-T record).
I guess the glass half full crowd can say, hey, the Devils haven't really been that good but have found a way to take 7 out of 10 points. At least they find ways to win, right?
But I'm definitely not in that camp...I get the feeling a downturn is coming.
You clearly don't understand the point of an appreciation thread, and I'm thinking you didn't even read what I wrote. It's not that you're not allowed, you just come off looking like an ass... which you did.
Not everyone, just you. Thank you for proving me correct.
In prodigy's defense, I don't think he came off looking like an ass at all. Sure, it's an "appreciation" thread, which I guess means it has to be full of sunshine and love, but let's face it, a lot of people aren't fond of Rolston, and with good reason. And it has nothing to do with people looking at Rolston and saying, "Let's single him out because he's Brian Rolston, and we need someone to pick on." We all know the history...signs a big contract, for a variety of reasons produces very little and appears to care even less, then recently starts to put up some numbers. The recently is wonderful. What came before recently was very hard to take, and is not easy to ignore or forget. I don't think it's such a stretch to expect some members to question this whole appreciation thing, especially when Runnin then started trying to find whatever silver linings he could to somehow make the past sound better than it was, as though Rolston was a victim of unfair expectations.
I appreciate that Rolston is finally putting up some numbers. I appreciate that he may actually be movable as a result.
That seven-year drought was a while ago. Not really relevant anymore. This franchise has had its share of missing the playoffs since its inception in 1974 as the Kansas City Scouts...they made it once (as the Colorado Rockies) in 1978, and wouldn't make it again until 1988. Most franchises have down periods...I hate the Rangers, couldn't possibly hate them more, but hanging on to that whole seven-year thing just seems pointless to me. Especially when we've got plenty of our own problems to worry about.
As some players alluded to, the "rivalry" is in a different place...all I worry about now is the Devils trying to beat whoever's playing them. They're going to have to do a whole lot of that.
The Flyers did it last season and I still believe the Devils can do it this year. At least some of the Devils players are now starting to believe too which is a good sign. Carolina also made a good run too in the second half of the season.
The Flyers came back from 19 games under .500 last season? Really? No, they came back from three games under .500, and they weren't even at the halfway point of the season when they hit that low point. Big difference.
As for the Hurricanes, they were as bad as 13 games under .500 at their low point...that's the level the Devils have reached now, and it took a major surge on the Devils' part just to get there. And even though the Hurricanes did play better, they never even got to .500.
You want to be optimistic, fine, but don't use the Flyers as a comparison point. This 7-1-1 run makes this season a little bit relevant again, from a postseason standpoint, but it's like I said in another post...one three-game losing streak and this team is toast. 731's take on this season makes perfect sense.
For further comparison, the Flyers' and Hurricanes' record at the 50-game mark last season:
Flyers: 26-21-3 (18 points better than the Devils at the same point) Canes: 15-28-7...same # of points as the Devils. They went 20-9-3 from this point on. Assuming the Devils could do the same, if you add this to their current 7-1-1 binge, and that would give the Devils a record of 27-10-4 to close out the season. That would be a hell of a stretch. And it wouldn't even be good enough to get them to .500 for the season...they'd finish two games under.
Marty now has put up a .938 save% in his last six. Guess that means everyone who wanted to bury this guy can put the shovels away for a little while.
I don't have any delusions about this season being salvagable, but at least they're playing competitive hockey, and look like they belong on the ice against NHL competition. Considering where this team was a month ago, I can't ask for more than that.
I feel for John MacLean. He remains my favorite Devil of all time, a guy who fought and scrapped for everything he got as a player. Though what happened under his tenure wasn't 100% his fault, it's becoming more obvious that he simply wasn't ready to be an NHL head coach, and his failure was so spectacular that he'll probably never get another chance. Makes me sad for him.
Agreed. It's not that he happens to be right about the current state of the team. It's the snugness in which he writes. It is painfully obvious to anyone with a brain that he has had it out for the Devils since day one. What is also obvious is how little he truly knows about the game. Sadly for them, that seems to fit the mold for ESPN hockey writers. They are glorified blog writers who just bitch and moan about any team not named Penguins or Rangers.
Burnside has been making the same prediction about the Devils for the last five seasons. Yes, he finally got it right this season...he's probably telling everyone who'll listen "See...I knew it all along!"
Like Opie and Anthony used to say "You don't go to CNN to hear dick jokes; don't listen to us to hear hard-hitting news." In that same vein, I don't go to ESPN for legitimate hockey talk.
He has no desire to be traded because no other team would let him play so many games and do whatever he wants. Remember when he was benched in Montreal and had a hissy fit? He seems to have more pull than the coaches. And he likes to complain about how everyone plays in front of him, a real team player wouldn't do that.
Trolling douche. At least this will save me the time of having to read your other 16 posts...they can't possibly top this gem of brilliance.
He wasn't, then he was, now he's not. Be that as it may, he's got to be feeling the pressure big time right now, with pretty much nothing around him except Sheff, who's far from a sure thing himself.
Tri would find this interesting...I'm pretty sure Wright is on pace to break the record for the highest BABIP (Batting Average on Balls In Play) ever...it's been getting talked about quite a bit lately, in both the broadcast booth and on talk shows. That means he's hitting into a tremendous amount of luck, and since these things tend to even out over time, he's likely due to hit a skid sometime this season. It's not an absolute, but even if it doesn't happen this year, the law-of-averages could wind up manifesting itself in another season, where his BABIP winds up in the lower half of the league.
.5 game out of first with some pretty bad injury luck so far this year. If I listed all the injuries the Mets had so far this year and said they'd be .5 games out of first I think everyone would take that with a smile.
Pretty bad is an understatement, to say the least.
As for taking a 1/2 game out of first with all that's gone wrong...it's impossible not to. It has more to do with the Phillies not playing well more than anything the Mets are doing, but the Mets deserve a lot of credit for finding a way to take 3 out of 4 from a superior Cardinal squad. With the lineup the Mets are fielding right now, every series win is a bonus.
Since the schedule turned brtual, starting with the Philles on June, the Mets are 7-9. Not pretty, but far from disastrous. If they take two out of three from the Yankees it'll be hard not to be thrilled.