GDT: Devils @ Blues 8PM in Hell Posted yesterday at 04:01 PM 12 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said: James Neal who has 48 points in his last 113 GP dating back to the start of last season? Palms has 41 in 55 GP this year. Yeah that's an accurate comparison. I know you don't like Palms, you've definitely made that clear, but he's a proven and quality NHL player who can find the back of the net. Not a star (though he's made the All-Star team a couple times, albeit due to Hall and Hischier not being able to go), but simply a good NHLer who CAN score, on a team that basically has precious little of that. If Fitz can pry a surprising overpayment for him via trade, as much as I would hate to see him go, I can understand Fitz moving him. BUT, just keep in mind that for all of the bitching that goes on from time-to-time about how the Devils have needed guys who could put the puck in the net in past years...Palms has done that, to the tune of a 30 G per 82 GP pace since coming here...like I've said many times, yes, he has some warts, and in past years he could definitely be inconsistent and streaky within seasons (yet still wind up with consistent rate numbers across seasons). Yeah, last night sucked, and since he seems to be engraved permanently onto your sh!tlist, that represented another opportunity to take a dig at him...just like when he's slumping, suddenly he's a lazy and complacent check-casher who doesn't give a fvck. He came into last night with 15 G and 14 A in his last 35 GP...last night aside, it's not like he's been invisible. If you think it's ugly now, wait until Nico has absolutely no one to work with. One pathetic night for the whole team does not define a career. Like I said, not a star, but a solid NHLer with a good shot. He is what he is, and he is not some major problem right now. I'm not saying that James Neal today is better than Kyle Palmieri. I'm saying that Kyle Palmieri is in the James Neal category of player -- shot first, shot second type of guy who probably won't age very gracefully. The second Real Deal James Neal turned thirty he became a shell of his former self, and Kyle will be approaching that territory soon. He doesn't fit in with the age of the core. If he can be traded for a package similar to Coleman's, it's exactly what the Devils should do.