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PacificDevil last won the day on March 10 2018

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  1. One can argue either way on Ray. I think he was was a bit unlucky that some of his moves that looked very good on paper didn’t pan out - like Mojo, Grabner a few more come to mind. You’d think that they all needed to pan out in order for this franchise to either have won a playoff series by virtue of getting a higher seed (they sure weren’t Tampa-level) or be much better team last 1.5 years.
  2. If I remember correctly Zacha never lighted it up in Sarnia either, but bottom line Devils desperately need Blackwood to be franchise goalie from that draft, if that were to happen and Zacha develop an identity of serviceable 3rd line center after Nico and Hughes the draft would be considered OK
  3. 2017-2018 team seemed solidly on the upward trajectory and then somehow things went downhill: 1) Last year was the first year the team started to tune out Hynes - there’s no way the close to 100 point team from 2017-18 should have been that bad 2) Goaltending got terrible 3) None of the solid 2017-18 rookie class made any significant strides/regressed 4) No significant organizational depth was injected (Joey Anderson was neither significant nor depth) I think main mistake Shero made was taking too optimistic view on the upward trajectory based on 2017-18 and kinda didn’t plan for bad or worst case scenario. Too optimistic view that Hynes can get things straightened out, too optimistic view on Schneider, etc I think this year he went all-in in the summer to try to over-correct last year’s approach and to entice Hall to stay. unfortunately nothing worked out as far as his summer moves - case of him being a bit unlucky but - there’s no a single person who thought he had a bad summer and his team destined for second-to-last place
  4. By method of elimination we now know the team is badly constructed
  5. Nose with an NHL goal yesterday after 14! in AHL
  6. https://www.google.com/amp/s/nhl.nbcsports.com/2019/12/02/things-look-dire-for-hynes-devils-after-7-1-loss-to-sabres/amp/ - even random hockey writers can’t comprehend how things wouldn’t look “dire” for Hynes in a normal world
  7. It can’t be that each veteran player fell off the cliff, each young player can’t realize their potential, and the team on the whole is completely out of synch. Some of these players like Severson and Hischier who should be taking next steps in their development had a very strong World Championship - though it’s not the strongest tournament nonetheless it’s a good barometer that they should be on upward trajectory
  8. Babcock would be worse - this team right now needs a babysitter who’s going to feel sorry for them first - like Lemaire was in 2010
  9. Does this team get coached what to do upon losing defensive draw on PK?
  10. Picking on Gusev and Boqvist for “lack of understanding the North American game” is pure scapegoating when the whole team plays like bunch of sore losers.
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    Fire Hynes

    In the imaginary world if this team had 0 coaches and players themselves ran the lineup and game plan decisions they would put together better lineup and better game plan, like “hey Goose you’re pretty offensive minded guy let’s get you in with Trav and Boqvist” type of lineup
  12. Don’t you know the Wood-Rooney-Hayden line is the greatest thing since the sliced bread
  13. Boqvist has been in the doghouse since the 4 min penalty vs Florida that led to the 6th goal. 2 wins since then also didn’t help his cause. The only way he slots in is another forward injury
  14. PacificDevil

    Fire Hynes

    That’s the main thing - it’s almost like a fan revolt against status quo losing because a) 5 year rebuild is way too long for NJ Devils b) everything was supposed to be lined up this year to be done with rebuild for the foreseeable future
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