Cory Schneider looks like a lesbian turtle.
Fly with meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee lesbian seagull...
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Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 17 March 2014 - 02:41 PM
Cory Schneider looks like a lesbian turtle.
Fly with meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee lesbian seagull...
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 12 March 2014 - 03:12 PM
The fans in the arena are always gonna boo in those situations even if the right call is being made. That goes for all fanbases.
You're trying to say we would all be upset if the same thing happened to us. Well you don't know that. Hence why I said you aren't in everybody's heads.
Yes, I do think a lot of Devils fans probably would've been ticked off, like I said, at least at first. Probably would've been a lot of WTF posts after the game, then a softening and some calming down, and a "Well, once you take a step back..." resignation that the call on the ice was correct. Having that observation doesn't mean I'm trying to get into everyone's heads.
3101 posts and counting...you know there's no reward for highest average post count per day right?
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 06 March 2014 - 07:51 AM
Always nice to have a night to sleep on this stuff.
Re: Ruutu, in some ways it's like the Devils got him for nothing. Loktionov wasn't going to be here after this year anyway. Maybe he turns into something for someone else, but the guess here is he'll continue to show why he was taken in the 5th round, if he's even in the NHL next season. The fact is that if you really show something and force yourself to be noticed, teams will find a way to get you in the lineup, or at the very least, in more significant roles. He opened some eyes with that 7 goal, 4 assist burst in his first 18 GP as a Devil, but he hadn't done much since (13 points in his last 58 GP). Maybe the simple fact is the reason Loki never really made a name for himself here or in LA is that he's simply not very good and hasn't really progressed much. As for a conditional 2017 3rd-rounder, I can't worry about a mid-round pick that's several seasons away. I'm guessing the reason it's so far off is that it's contigent on Ruutu re-signing with the Devils? Anyway, the pick isn't really a big deal.
As for Ruutu himself, he's not a sexy player and his salary is not great, but at least the 'Canes are on the hook for 20% of the cash he has coming to him. Hopefully his low shooting% is due for some positive regression. But I've moved from the "WTF?!" camp to the "OK, doesn't look great at first glance, but let's give it a chance" group. I like that he at least can get a practice or two in with his new teammates.
The fact that the defensive logjam hasn't been alleviated is frustrating. At first, I was surprised that Lou couldn't get Carolina to take a bad contract back, but Carolina was clearly looking to shed salary and not do a wash, so I guess it's safe to say Carolina wasn't taking salary back. I'm guessing unless Loki shows them a hell of a lot, they'll just let him walk. I don't think the 'Canes cared much about what they were getting back, I think they were just looking to get some coin off their cap for the offseason. Loki's #1 appeal to them was probably the fact that his contract was expiring and cheap to boot. I don't think they were trying to nab a prospect.
Re: Marty...the ball is really in his court now. No matter what happens between now and the end of the season, unless he rips the Devils organization or the fans, I think whatever bad feelings some Devils fans are currently having towards him will subside...if Devils fans can get past Scott Niedermayer leaving their team to go win a Cup with someone else, they can get past anything. For all the "Greedermayer", "Needmybrother", and "Mamma's Boy" hatred that came his way just after and during his Ducks career, people got over it, and were willing to celebrate his number retirement without issue...most truly embraced the event, and him as a result. All Marty really has to do is the following and he'll be fine:
1) Act like you're 100% happy to still be a Devil, even if you're not. Say some things to that effect.
2) No talk about playing time (or lack thereof) or playing next season. No one wants to hear that from a declining .899 save% 41-year-old, especially when the other guy is clearly much better. The less you say about this, the less guys like PDB and Lou and teammates and others have to look bad saying things and singing praises that just about every Devils fan knows are horsesh!t. If fans know you're not terribly good anymore, you can bet that everyone else does too, even if they don't dare say it.
3) For the remaining 19 games of this season, be a good soldier. You WILL get some games, probably more than you deserve. You won't be put out to pasture. Make the most of them.
4) Please retire at the end of this year. Don't Messier your way into making the Devils keep you around for one last season when every last sign points to you being finished. Don't make the NHL force you to retire. Do it on your terms, as a Devil, end of this season, gracefully.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 05 March 2014 - 05:08 PM
An estimated 87% chance of the playoffs if the Devils can hit 92 pts. It drops to 65-70% at 91 pts.
Of course 92 points would mean a 12-6-1 finish. Not very likely.
Devils are 15-8-7 in their last 30 (.617 point%). They have to go .657 in point% the rest of the way. It's not that big of a jump.
Of course, PDB actually stating/implying that the #1 goalie spot is still up for grabs probably means there's going to be some avoidable losses along the way. I can't imagine how Cory must feel right now...Marty is allowed to have all the meh games he wants, but Cory has one and he's benched. Sadly hilarious.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 05 March 2014 - 03:09 PM
I feel like I got punk'd today.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 18 February 2014 - 03:33 PM
right on, you're not necessarily determining the best at something- in the words of rick moranis as the immortal danny o'shea in the 1994 classic little giants- "the cowboys may beat you 99 times out of a hundred, but that still leaves one time."
The Olympics isn't really about determining the best (otherwise the soviets would have won in 1980) it's about seeing who can win on any given day in a short tournament. Heck you could go as far as saying that in the nhl the presidents trophy winner should be awarded the cup if you just want it to go to the best team.
Does anybody really think the 1980 US team was truly better than the Russians? If they played 10 times, the US would've been very lucky to win more than once. I like that it comes down to one game in the Olympics, sure, hockey's a game of breaks at times, but you'd better bring your best that day...no mulligans.
If I want to see seven-game series to determine who's better, I'll watch the NHL playoffs.
Found this gem on another forum
Pretty sure I just threw up in my mouth a little.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 09 February 2014 - 06:13 PM
Brooks wrote something about nothing being able to tarnish Marty's career at this point, and I agree 100% with that. If Marty wants to go play somewhere else to what will amount to not much more than a cup of coffee compared to what he did here, that's fine. 682 Devil victories. Damned near 300 more than the next highest win total for a goalie with one team. I can live with him winning another 10 or so with someone else.
If the Devils did trade Marty, they'd have to go out and get a backup. Kinkaid (who is kind of iffy to begin with) is hurt, and Wedge is not ready.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 04 February 2014 - 09:12 AM
This team needs future prospects. Do you guys want to be in this perpetual state of mediocre play and talent for the next decade?
We can pretend this team has a shot at making the playoffs, or we can be realistic and try and acquire some picks or prospects to fill the cupboard.
It's looking like this team is going to be 5 points back at the deadline, which is the WORST POSSIBLE SCENARIO. We shouldn't be buyers this year, seriously.
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The problem with this kind of thinking is that taking a step back doesn't always lead to taking steps forward. I think sometimes it's easy to think tanking or semi-tanking will automatically mean you'll be a SC contender in 3-4 years. Look at the Islanders and John Tavares. He's already in his fifth season and the Islanders look like they're going to miss the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. It's easy to think, when you get that high draft pick (and multiple high draft picks) and some glamour players, that good things are right around the corner, that all your stockpiled picks will somehow all become legitimate prospects, but sometimes all you have is one or two good players, and your only excitement comes from seeing them among the scoring leaders.
The other problem is if you bail on this season, Schneider probably doesn't re-sign this offseason, and waits to test the market, no matter how sweet of an offer Lou throws at him. Cory is in his prime years...I can't imagine he would want to waste 2-4 years of them on a team that's in rebuilding mode. The Devils need to show him that they're not taking any seasons off or steps back if they want to keep him.
I don't necessarily have a problem with the Devils making a deadline deal that costs them a prospect or two, as long as it's not strictly a "right now" proposition. If they go for a proven commodity who's still got good years left, is playing well, and can help this team for the next few years as well as this one, and is already locked up, I can get behind that. If it's a high-cost rental, no. Low-cost rental, maybe, but it really depends where the Devils are by the deadline. It's just too early to say.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 31 January 2014 - 09:46 PM
Rags and Canes both won. That fvcking sucks. And right now the Caps and Wings are tied in the 3rd. UGHHH!!!!
Oh well. If we hold on, we're in a playoff position no matter what.
I don't worry about what everyone else is doing yet. Devils gotta take care of their own business. I've still got 92 points as the magic total to get in.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 30 January 2014 - 04:27 PM
This is where Rags fans are stupid and do everything ass-backwards. Instead of fighting in the concourse and peeing in the bathroom they instead fight in the bathrooms and pee in the concourse.
Don't I know this one all too well!
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 22 January 2014 - 07:47 AM
This team is not good enough to make the playoffs. Very lacking in offensive ability and streaky in that facet, anyway.
Plus we continually play the wrong goaltender. I have been watching Martin Brodeur for 20 years now and it kills me to see him playing in this state. Not how I want to remember him. And not how he should want to be remembered.
Schneider has now played in 6 out of the last 9 games. If PDB doesn't overreact if Cory dares to have a couple of meh starts, that kind of ratio probably continues. I'm guess Cory will get Friday's start against the Caps, and Tuesday's and next Thursday's starts against the Blues and Stars. Marty is a lock to start against the Rangers, and probably get next Friday's start against the Predators. That leaves three games before the Olympic break: 2/3 vs. Col, 2/7 vs. Edm, and 2/8 @ Wash. I'm guessing Marty gets the one against the Oilers. So if all of this comes to fruition, then Cory will have started 11 out of 17 games, and will be getting the more difficult opponents (for whatever that's worth). Under the circumstances, I think that's fair.
After the break, I guess we'll see. A lot of back-to-backs coming...SEVEN of them.
Well, there are two points that not even the most optimistic of us had chalked up into projections.
I don't bother with projections myself...just the number of points needed. The Devils will beat teams like the Blues, but lose to teams like the Sabres, without much rhyme or reason (but possibly due to factors like fatigue, etc).
So the way I see it, the Devils need about 92 points to assure themselves of a playoff spot (could be wrong, but that's the number I'm going with). So now they need 39 in their final 31 games.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 21 January 2014 - 10:21 PM
This is what I imagined from Cory and a main reason why I couldn't imagine the Devils would be in the bottom 5-6 like many said. Little did I know how few starts Cory would have. But when you show to be a goalie that stops pucks over 92% of the time, and then you come into a system that gives up the least amount of shots, your team can't be that awful.
Obviously the goal supper difference when Brodeur and Cory start is an anomaly, and playing Cory will only benefit this team moving forward.
The Devils are finally healthy. Cory has clearly established that he is the best goalie. Hopefully this team goes on a nice run.
PBD was very stubborn about this, but I think he's finally realizing which goalie deserves the go-to guy treatment at this point. And that's not knocking Marty...not too many guys at 41 play like they did in their prime.
Devils are actually kind of on a nice run...9-4-5 in their last 18 GP. It doesn't feel that good because of the continued shootout futility (0-3 in that stretch), the general offensive struggles, and with one of the losses coming against Buffalo.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 21 January 2014 - 09:56 PM
Cory now down to a 1.88 GAA and up to a save% of .926. Glad to see him making it damned near impossible for PDB not to keep rolling with him.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 14 January 2014 - 09:38 PM
It's OK, Pete and Lou, keep giving him the legend treatment over what's best for the team and keep running Salvador out there, too. It's unreal how many fireable moves a coach can escape and a GM who is teflon from yet another owner.
C'mon, Marty was going to get this game, for obvious reasons...and give Pete credit for giving Schneider back-to-backs. At least the breaks are going Marty's way...so far, anyway (and he's made some nice saves to boot).
One goal and 7 assists for Clowe now in his past 8 GP. Good for him.
Posted by Colorado Rockies 1976 on 14 January 2014 - 12:39 PM
Sure, they're not bad for a Q rookie. They are bad for an NHL draft pick.
How about trying not to be contrary and forensic for the hell of it?
He's a friggin' 7th rounder who has a minimal shot to get into the NHL. Everyone knows that. If not for the Devils feeling sentimental, he never gets drafted at all. Just kind of nice to Marty's kid doing a little something, is all, even if it's not that significant in the grand scheme.
He actually just broke the franchise record for the longest scoreless streak by a goalie (Anthony had a 194 minute, 28 sec run). The previous record had been set during the 1997-98 season.
Having a "not bad" Q rookie season isn't putting him on some sort of fast track to the NHL, and I'm not suggesting as much. His numbers were pretty bad for a bit and he wasn't getting much playing time. Now he's enjoying a little run and getting some appearances. Good for him.