ben00rs, first I'd like to say that's a real well-written ranting post. And again, you are free to your opinions, and all I'm doing is stating mine. You saying all these things about Parise, and what his true intentions were, I hope you can agree that this is all conjecture. Is it possible that I'm wrong and that in reality Parise is a huge two-faced douchebag that played us from day 1? Absolutely. But I don't see it and he hasn't done much to deserve this sort of reputation. You are basing your opinions by clinging to the littlest of details while ignoring what's presented in front of your face. There is a saying that the simplest explanation is usually the right one, and in my experience that's the case most of the time.
I've gone through many July 1sts, trade deadlines, playoff series, and other hockey events thinking that there is a lot more going on behind the scenes than there really was. At the end of the day, as much as the media likes to make stories of everything and we like to believe that there are big conspiracies and everything is grandiose, the reality is that things are much simpler. We imagine July 1 probably as something out of Entourage, but in reality it's likely a bunch of GMs sitting in their plain offices and talking on the phone all day, while (most) players sit at home watching Jersey Shore reruns while getting the occasional text or phone call. It's just not nearly as exciting as we make it out in our heads, and I think the same applies to Parise.
Do you really think he had this grand plan all along? I don't think so. I think he always felt in the back of his head that as much as he likes it here, it would be nice to play at home. He heard offers from lots of teams, which anyone would be a fool not to at least consider, and then he got the offer from Minnesota. I think at this point he was really split about either coming home or staying here. And, on the evening of July 2, just like he said, he and Suter started discussing how great it would be to play together. From there, the pieces fell into place and he suddenly had the allure of both playing at home, as well as with his longtime friend.
It's just that simple. Thinking that he played us, or that he always had his mind set on leaving, or that we are just in his rear view mirror now is all conjecture and is not based on the facts laid out in front of you. I'm just as disappointed and upset as everyone on this board is, but to blatantly hate the guy because of a story made up in my head is not being fair to him, or to us for that matter. Which again is why I say, base your feelings of Parise on reality - he worked his ass off for us, he never openly did anything bad to the team, he never disrespected us. Am I going to cheer for him? Nope, but I sure as hell don't need to piss on his jersey or boo him.
Parise is busting his ass down low on the cycle, forecheck. Hes getting great scoring chances but just not burying them. Kovy doesnt do much 5 on 5 to help us with our offensive zone time. He hasnt even been shooting enough. That said, Parise isnt playing great either, but still better than Kovy.
This post highlights the ignorance that's prevalent on most of this board. Parise and Kovalchuk are two COMPLETELY different playing styles. Parise has worse hands, less speed, but is gritty and gets success off of never-ending persistence and board work. Kovalchuk has much more finesse and raw skill and creates most of his chances off the rush or beating players 1-on-1. At the end of the day, they both do plenty for this team in different ways, but Kovalchuk manages to get 99% of the flak.
I'll repost this here since most people won't go into the other thread. This is our schedule thus far, with playoffs / top teams being bolded and underlined:
Flyers Hurricanes Kings Predators Sharks Penguins Kings Coyotes Stars Maple Leafs (at least, they were hot when we played them) Flyers Jets Hurricanes Capitals Capitals Boston
So what does this mean? We've had an absolutely brutal schedule to start the year, against some of the league's best teams. We've had one of the hardest schedules of any team in the league. The fact that we're 8-7-1 with 3 of our top players out is miraculous. Plus, we've been involved in almost every game we've lost. We really haven't been blown out of any game or looked out of place playing against any of these teams.
I guess noone on this board realizes that we're playing without Kovalchuk, Zajac and Josefson. For those keeping score, that's an entire 1st line on most teams. How can anyone really make a judgement about what type of team the Devils are this year when we are missing 3 of our top 6 forwards?
Well deserved. He was as much a member of the family as any player to have ever played for us.
Watching the games on TV now is just sad. Cangi is a good enough play by play guy, but the games just feel a little dull and boring without Doc's remarks or the great chemistry he had with Chico. I'm sure as time goes on, Cangialosi will get better and the interactions with Chico will improve, but in the meantime it really hurts not having Doc around anymore.
I'm usually an optimist, but that was just bad and it makes me worried. I understand this is our first game and Philly played on Thursday, but we had nothing going on. We also had a hard time scoring in the preseason, and this is largely the same team that was last in goals last year.
Its infuriating because on paper we should be able to score goals, but its just not translating. Sure, this is game 1, but even a team having an off night on opening day should be able to muster more chances than we did. It seems like there is an underlying fundamental problem in this team's ability to produce offense, and it's one which transcends the "our shooting percentage eventually has to improve" argument.