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  1. LGD, please no whammy. NHL Write-Up Todd Cordell Write-Up NJ.com Write-Up TheHockeyGuy Preview: Congrats to our lil Nico boi!!!!
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  2. We've been beating up on elite teams, you don't want none of this, Toronto. LGD
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  3. That wouldn't come as any great shock...especially if Shero was already skating on increasingly thin ice (forgot how fond the owners were of Hall, maybe how that whole situation was handled was what ticked off Harris and Blitzer the most). Sometimes it really is that simple...a disagreement that blows up into a screaming match and with everyone's dander up and in a heated moment, someone either quits or loses his job. If something like that happened, wouldn't surprise me if it started with Shero proposing trading some vets for down-the-road pieces, ownership saying something along the
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  4. Seems to me like an argument broke out and Shero was fired on the spot by an angry owner. That’s why it was announced right before the game.
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  5. My main worry is how this went down. Shero is relationship builder who is well liked across widely across the league and the way he was dismissed was belittling to Shero and embarrassing for the franchise. Even if you 100% agree with the firing you can't be impressed with how ownership went about it and then fumbled their way through a press conference with no real reasons. Hynes and Shero were both let go right before games with off-days following...seems like an absolute clown show from a PR standpoint and from caring at all about allowing your players to focus on the games in hand. I'd bet
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  6. Sad for Palms, happy for Hischier. Congrats Nico!
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  7. Hahaha hahaha hahahaha! Lmfao! Hahaha hahaha!
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  8. The Shero discussion starts at about the 20 minute mark. A few things of interest. Dreger claims, per a source, that a decision was made a while ago that Shero was going to be fired at the end of the season, but for reasons unknown right now ownership decided to pull the trigger when they did. Dreger half speculates/half claims knowledge that Shero wasn't as gung ho about analytics as the owners are and that might have led to it. Then suggests that of all the players that might be available at the trade deadline, but spends time saying that it will be awfully tempting to trade Palmieri bec
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  9. I really think Hall was huge in this. I think ownership's expectations were that the season would start and pick up from the strong-ish ending to last year, Hall re-signs, PK is PK, Hughes jumps right in, the Devils are in the wild card picture etc. When not one of those things happened and Ray didn't seem to want to fire Hynes, I feel like things soured very quickly. Once they realized Hall wasn't re-signing and HAD to be moved, they were probably very unhappy.
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  10. I'll bet he's pissed. He was all set to go an exotic Island w/ #63 & # 37 to find some wild & crazy girls!
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  11. I think people are looking into the extension the wrong way though. I believe the extension was a good-faith move by the owners to basically say "Look, we trust your 'process' and your future THIS MANY dollars, now it's time to execute.", but the season just didn't pan out as they'd hoped (understatement of the century). I don't think it was a "dysfunctional" move to throw Ray a bone.
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  12. Super happy Nico is going. I hope he feels the same excitement as he would if he was voted in.
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  13. I think that's exactly why he was dropped though. I think the owners extended him and were on board and then things changed when this season became like last season again. They have to be getting tired of the endless trading of assets. Just a few examples: Traded for Palmieri and now he's rumored to be on the trading block Traded for Hall and then traded him away Traded for Mojo then traded him away Traded for Vats and now he's on the block By acquiring these players to help build something and then trading them away again, it shows that things probably were
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  14. I know nobody cares about that silly game, but good for him. Well deserved.
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  15. Lol if my girl reacted like what you say I'd drop her ass like a hot plate. Lol if my girl reacted like what you say I'd drop her ass like a hot plate. Welp, editing is absolutely sh!t on mobile so someone break out the Goodfellas meme
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  16. I hope for that guys sake it was a setup or he had a ring and made a proposal later in that evening in spectacular fashion , otherwise he isn't getting any for a looooooooong time.
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  18. I really dislike sports writers like Politi. Everyone who posts on this board with some regularity knows a million times more about the NHL and Devils than he does. It’s a piece that any season ticket holder could have written if they just had a couple of hours and an editor. We’re not asking anyone to bug Harris’s office and home. But it would be nice if occasionally we got some insight into what was actually going on within the organization. Like why they actually fired the GM in such a shocking fashion, and I don’t mean just quoting what they said at a press conference.
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  19. Sums it all up pretty well imo. A whole lot of this is hard to understand. Chaos at it's best.
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  20. https://www.nj.com/devils/2020/01/the-devils-problem-maybe-co-owner-josh-harris-should-look-in-a-mirror-politi.html
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  21. Nico: "Daaaaamn Zachs, how can you still be alone here? Me and Jesper are just about spent from all the girls we've been...uh...talking to! You mean you haven't hooked up with ANYONE this whole time?" "Well...ALMOST" "Ouch...well, guess you might as well help me and Jesper out here and there...you may not score, but you're doing pretty good with assists this year at least!"
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  22. I would expect something from him eventually, but nothing that telling or incriminating. I think he would like to get another GM gig, and ripping your old team in the process doesn't always go over well...especially since from a strictly forensic angle, Shero's track record here doesn't look terribly impressive. Sometimes you take the high road until you're truly out of the game...and that's when you go full Neil Smith (DM84 saw him speak at a jersey expo and suffice it to say that Smith was PLENTY forthcoming about how he felt about certain people then).
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  23. I wonder if Hall publicly stating that he never even got a contract offer from Shero is what set the alarms off for Harris and Blitzer. It certainly was concerning for me. If you two are way too far apart that is one thing, but to not at least throw something out there is very odd.
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  24. Nico Hischier has replaced Kyle Palmieri as the New Jersey Devils’ representative for the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. (Palmieri suffered an injury blocking a shot during the Devils’ upset win over the Lightning on Sunday.)
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  25. Re: the bolded, sure, could be that if there was some big-time argument and difference of opinion, that it reached the point where it could only end one way. We'll probably never find out exactly what happened...if/when Shero does release a statement, I would expect it to be "I thank the Devils for the opportunity, but unfortunately we all felt we'd be better served by moving on as the vision did not meet the reality, we had different ideas, blah blah blah..." Definitely won't be "I told Harris and Blitzer where they could stick it if they wanted to start getting involved with on-ice person
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  26. Two years would've represented more of a "good faith, at least you're not a lame duck" kind of move. Four years should show that you fully and firmly trust your GM...and that you're willing to stand by him even if there's some detours in his "process"...not necessarily for four years, but at least a couple. To see that shattered just a half-season later...does make one wonder what the hell changed so fast, in ownership's eyes...of course, we've done plenty of speculating as to why this happened, but it's still amazing that ownership had become so disillusioned with Shero that they decided th
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  27. LGD. What's amazing is, in that image above, there's an active collision happening right in front of their faces against the boards, and two guys just a few rows up are both staring straight down at their phones, totally oblivious. They don't deserve those seats.
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  28. LGD look at wood flying thru the air into the boards! That Asian girl has the same facial expression as I do when I see him do that
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  29. I don't usually watch but seeing Nico with that much ice and all that talent could really be a statement for him. He could turn some heads
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  30. I'm not sure about that one. With poile involved that felt like all Ray with the aim being to appease Hall and strengthen the blue line. I'm sure ownership was all about that one too though. And I still like that trade because the thought of this defense with no PK but with Santini in there every night is a little scary.
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  31. BTW Palm is out through the All-Star Game and Nico is taking his place there. So Politi already looks like a jackass
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  32. Nico to the All-Star game to replace Palms: https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/blog-hischier-replaces-palmieri-at-nhl-all-star-game/c-313908374
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  33. Careful with Holtby...he's been pretty ordinary now over the last three seasons, including this one (.907 save% overall, .899 this year). Curious to see how much he gets as a UFA...especially term. He may very well take a one-year "bet on himself" kind of contract, if he doesn't get hot and can't pull his numbers up. Agree that I very much want to see what the Devils have in Blackwood (we just don't have a large enough sample size yet to really know, but overall I do like his upside). I think Domingue on an iffy team (like this one) will be about a .900ish guy...up and down. Just
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  34. There goes the top name off my dream UFA list for next summer: Backstrom stays with the Caps, 5 years at $46m The puts them at over $71m for next season with two defenders and Holtby to still sign. My uneducated guess is they let Holtby walk and they ride Samsonov and Copley into the future. i wouldn’t mind a few years of Holtby here to help take any pressure of Blackwood, but Lehner might be significantly cheaper, should he hit the market as well.
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  35. This entire thread is cracking me up. Some people’s ability to speculate as to what is going on when they have absolutely no knowledge on the topic is amazing.
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  36. It doesn't to me when you're going back to the organization you played for and the place you lived for 20+ years. It's sort of a situation like "This is what I want to do, and I tried it for a short while, but this is where I meant to be and where I'm meant to do it".
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  37. At the risk of inciting a forum riot, if Kyle Palmieri is really an attractive piece at the deadline and Fitzgerald can get a bidding war going; there’s a lot to like about trading a 29-year old for a bucket of draft picks and prospects that’ll perhaps fit better with the age of our core.
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  38. What about Castron? Should he still be with us for the draft or should we let him go too? I guess it’s up to the new GM but ownership might not be too fond of his drafting. Not that I think it’s been too bad. Our European scouts seems to be the best we have.
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  39. Wonder if shero was forced into firing hynes, and then turns around and gets him a gig with the preds.. I think they made him fire hynes, then he gets him a gig with the preds .. the place we got PK.. I could see how the owner would feel their interests were 2nd.. putting many eggs in the hall basket for so long and then seeing we were a better team after he left.. playing better without hynes and a more conservative defensive game plan.. then maybe they wanted a vet coach, and shero said enough already. May never know
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  40. pretty close. Also i still havent heard anyone on the Devils broadcast prononce Alain Nasraddine the right way so far lol
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  41. What would be nice is if Fitzgerald or someone gave a press conference like Joe Judge did. You don't need to tell us the maximum contract offer you're willing to give to Sami Vatanen or who on the team is specifically on the trading block, but some concept of the type of players you're hoping to bring in beyond platitudes of "fast, attacking, supportive" would go a long way.
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  42. Yup and the other conveniently left out information is that from 2005-2014 we only missed the playoffs in 2011 / 2013 and 2014 and won the division 4 times and made the finals in 2012. Just had to add some even more context to your post.
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  43. You miss out on the "context" of Shero having two number 1 overalls, number 11 overall and 17 overall. From 2005 through 2014, the Devils had exactly 2 picks higher than 17, one of whom they traded for Cory Schneider. The story now is that Ray Shero got fired, not Lou. So you don't need to keep turning to what the team looked like when Shero got here. Everyone gets it.
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  44. I'm not so much afraid to fire him, you do what you gotta do, but what I am afraid of is what it does to what he has meant to this franchise. It is almost like you have to but a BUT in there describing him after if it goes south. Marty means a lot to this franchise yadda yadda reasons, BUT it's a shame he didn't work out as GM and the fans toppled his statue in championship plaza like Iraqi citizens following the removal of Saddam.
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  45. You guys are looking backwards for clues, the only one not shocked was marty. Not trying to conspiracy theory but this feels like marty all over it. Thers not a lot of evidence there but it feels like the elephant in the room.
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  46. Right, and a guy picked at the level should t be a 4th line center/defensive forward. The Devils picking him doesn’t bother me because he was projected to be way more than he is. That doesn’t always work out. Like I’ve said a million times, picking 6th (or 1st or 20th) doesn’t guarantee you get the 6th (or 1st or 20th) best guy available. so going back AFTER the draft class is in the league and saying “we could’ve had Barzal” is really easy to do. Every team in the league could do this about almost every player they have ever taken, except first overall picks who turned out to actua
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