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Everything posted by nmigliore

  1. Don't disagree with anything here. We all want Lindy gone... but we all know who is responsible for that decision and a LOT more that is impacting where this team stands.
  2. Devils dominated that period yet are down 2-1, somehow. This is why they need a goalie and need to pay up for it, folks.
  3. Flyers lose in regulation. Even more emphasis on this being a MUST win. I’m staying up for it (wife approved). LGD.
  4. He's taken the 2nd most minor penalties on a per minute basis over the last 3 seasons. Seems like a dumb effort to acquire, uh, physicality I suppose?
  5. Even if Dougie gets moved in the future, I think you're looking at Luke PP1, Nemec PP2. It's a tough group to crack. I wouldn't think twice about moving Casey + for Markstrom right now. Holtz as I as said is tougher but I'd still do it. Unfair treatment from Lindy or not, he hasn't show any ability to drive five-on-five play. Maybe he ends up a 30+ goal scorer playing with play-driving linemates while being on a PP1... or maybe he's Sharangovich 2.0 who pots about 15-20 goals per year as an okay middle-6 forward. I think the latter is roughly his floor, but I'd still be willing to move that for Markstrom given our window.
  6. Casey with pick(s)? That's the easy "yes" for me since he seems a bit out of place here given our young defense depth who can play on the PP. I don't think that gets it done, though, so if not him I'd probably be willing to part with Holtz if you pushed me hard enough. I know that's unpopular but the Devils need to capitalize on this window of having players entering and/or in their prime at highly reasonable cap hits, this year's result be damned.
  7. To me it's more about wise asset/financial management more than the actual player. I firmly believe goalies are voodoo so the cheaper you can find a potential top-tier goalie, the better. Saros and Ullmark are both great... but they're also only under control thru next season and will require big extensions. Markstrom is older but gives you TWO more seasons (at $1M more in AAV) and theoretically should cost less in a trade. Yes, his play dipped last season, but if you take a 3-year combined view, he's 5th in goals saved above expected by Evolving Hockey's model: And even in down year last season, he still graded positive in that metric (while being top-6 in 2021-22):
  8. I'm almost certainly in the minority here... but I want Markstrom. The Devils need a goaltender and that's been obvious for many years. And with all due respect to Nico Daws, and how solid he's played of late, he's still outside the top 30 goalies by goals saved above expected in the past month (while Markstrom ranks 5th). Saros? No thanks. He hasn't been as good as Markstrom this season, he has less term and will require a massive extension after next season. Same with Ullmark, if you're into that idea. Craig Conroy is getting boxed in by the day, especially after these comments by Markstrom, and just sold Tanev for a very mediocre haul. I think Markstrom would be a great fit the next two seasons, saying nothing of whatever may be salvageable this season.
  9. He seems to find the opportune time to score, he's a good penalty killer and he's probably the only player on this roster who brings "grit/toughness" so I'm hardly surprised Lindy loves him...
  10. Hughes-Smith is still an awful pairing; they weren't good vs SJ, it forces one of them to play offhand and their five-on-five results have been really brutal: Outscored 2-12 (14% goal share) 38% expected goal share 30% high-danger shot attempt share And... Miller on outside looking in again? Stop the madness.
  11. Pressure is on, Craig Conroy...
  12. I agree, Luke has "flashier" tools and we don't always catch the small plays where Nemec is just so, so good. Dimitri also shared this mini-highlight reel of Nemec (he posted a 20-minute version too, if anyone's interested lol) but it shows how skilled Nemec is between offense, defense and in transition. There are a lot of "oh I'm glad I'm seeing this again b/c I didn't notice just how great of a play this was watching it live" moments.
  13. Not sure how many of you guys follow Dimitri Filipovic or his podcast but he basically spent 50 minutes gushing over Nemec here:
  14. Also, for all the discussion around the "defensive zone tweaking" Lindy made on or around the All Star break, the Devils are actually giving up higher quality chances post-break (2.89 xGA/60) versus before (2.51 xGA/60). Their rate of actual goals against is lower, sure, but that's because they've gotten better goaltending.
  15. 4 games before the deadline: @ ANA, @ LA, vs FL, vs STL Have to think we need to win 3 out of those 4 otherwise it's sell mode with Toffoli, possibly Miller (I still prefer to resign), Smith... if Ilya Lyubushkin can return a 3rd round pick, I'm convinced anything is possible.
  16. For the wild card hopefuls - Wings lose in regulation (but to the Isles who are now tied with the Devils with same amount of games left) and Lighting lose in OT. Really need the Kraken to do us a solid and knock off the Pens tonight (in regulation, hopefully).
  17. Teams who create and yield a lot of chances are fun… if you’re a neutral fan. As a fan of one of those teams, though? To quote the great Doc Emrick, it’s helter skelter out there.
  18. There are 3 teams in the right half of this chart not currently in playoff position. 1 of them fired their coach and have been 23-15-2 since. 🤔
  19. The above is five-on-five production since Jan 1, but Nico has been productive ALL season: he has 2.78 points per hour at five-on-five this season. There are only 5 players (with least 600 minutes) with a better scoring rate: McDavid MacKinnon Kucherov Pettersson Seguin Oh, and that's all while Nico faces the toughest matchups among Devils' forwards... what a king.
  20. He's also 2nd among defensemen by expected goal differential rate so it's not puck luck. Bahl has legitimately been excellent over this stretch.
  21. We basically got a free future 4th round pick for the McLeod situation. It’s nothing special but when it’s virtually free, who cares. I’m sure Fitzy isn’t finished chatting with Calgary, too…
  22. I know we want more but all jokes aside I think Fitzy grabbing a 4th round pick for absorbing minor cap space and an unsigned non-prospect (Brady) is a pretty shrewd move.
  23. This isn't relevant to the NHL but I found this super cool of the PWHL: Not sure about the playoff structure of top seed choosing opponent but the draft order process ("gold plan") would be awesome in the NHL, in my opinion. Instead of, what, 20 fanbases with vested interest in March (dwindling to 16-18 in April), you'd grow that to... 24? 25? More? Of course there will be a handful or so of "not enough good for playoff chasing but not bad enough for top pick chasing" teams but... that's better than today? It would also throw an interesting curveball to the trade deadline. I'd embrace the chaos.
  24. https://www.thefourthperiod.com/feb-2024/kings-interested-in-toffoli-reunion
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