I posted in the last GDT that it won't be long before everyone gets on Lou Lams case this thread is missed named this is the start of the negative Lou Lams thread. Have at it Devils fans. Lou Lams is a control freak that has his hands on everything 100% he allowed the goalie contrivesary he gave DeBoer the players, he controls who go to the AHL and who comes back and he writes the contracts, and selects the Captain.
Devils fans you're moving in the right direction .
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.