How is one being silly. There's the loss of Kovalchuk and Clarkson, the latter of which, I'll concede is overrated offensively, and I wasn't sorry to see him go. But at least we know what Clarkson actually did last year, which is really what matters when you're comparing one team against another. You add Clowe, s a very risky bet, Ryder, very solid, Olesz, let's not go patting ourselves on the back quite yet. Elias and Zubrus aren't getting any younger, Henrique and Josefson, we really don't know what he we have there yet. Of all the additions, Ryder is really the only one that you can say with some certainty that will really contribute. Brunner might change things a bit, but he's not really a proven entity either.
The assumption going into the season has to be that the Devils will be worse in the actual goal scoring department. But it's not quite as safe an assumption that a team like Nashville will have trouble scoring goals.
Some fans drink the kool aid constantly and can't be realistic.
Here is the big question - how is this team going to improve on last year.....
1. upgrade from Hedberg to Schneider - this should help tremendously
2. Defense - enough with the 8 man rotation. I am ok with slotting Harrold as a 7th dman. I do not like our dmen feeling like they are one mistake away from riding the bench for 10 games or so. This was the case with Larsson and Fayne at times. Lets figure out a way to move or buy out Tallinder and Volchenkov, potentially keep Zidlicky and then have a battle for the 6th Dman slot between Merill and Urbom.
3. Offense - so not only do we still need to address the scoring lost from Parise, but now Clarkson too. I don't know what the solution is but it feels like we are going to sign a few 3rd liners and try to make them fit into the role of 2nd liners. In addition - that PP needs some work and i feel like we can barely put together a PP1.
Upgrade from Brodeur to Schneider would be better.
All this talk about respect for Marty. I am not a big fan of Marty, no surprise, I never respected his off ice performance in the bars with girls, or what he did with his sister-in-law, a lot of kids looked up to him not suck a good example. As for his goaltending, I have always thought he was a product of the Devils game plan "defense first" without that style he wouldn't be as good. I also thought he had the best defensemen (thanks Devils) in front of him and that improved his performance and numbers. He was always playing every game because the defensemen and Devils style kept the workload down, remember the trap? Marty was always having problem with the glove side and it has only gotten worse because of age. When he became bigger than the team with his MB30 it was always about him, and he rarely took fault. BTW he hasn't played well since bringing on the MB30. The NHL shootout gave more wins to him only not fair if it's a team sport but he personal records IMO got in the way of the team. His poor performance in the last olympics and his poor play during the past first rounds since the lockout focus a lot of attention on him and his performance. His ego is big and IMO it hurts the team. He has been accused of managing his time in goal and management couldn't stop him, and he has been accused of being part of team decisions and dumping coaches.
So for what it's worth he doesn't have my respect. Yes, I think he is a good goalie in the top 5 but never number 1 because it wasn't all him but he takes all the credit. I know what he says and I don't believe him it is the thing to say.
IMO he created his own monster. IMO what you see today is an aging goalie that was a product of the Devils system and great defensemen in front of him.
BTW there isn't a Devils forum that Devils fans aren't speaking negatively about Marty so it isn't unique to this forum as suggested by some.