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  1. Please learn to read more carefully, since I wasn't endorsing any such move, it was a very off-hand, and admittedly tenuous, prediction of what might happen.
  2. Daniel

    No Reason For Optimism

    Kill to play like what? With tonight's win, Devils are .500 since the Olympic break, when everything was supposed to magically turn around. And despite how many goals were allowed, two of those games ended in LOSSES, one of which was against a team we very well may end up playing in the first round. Another recent match-up against our biggest rival against whom we had a chance to essentially end their season. And guess what, we blew it. Those are the facts, so don't be all shocked when I say I've seen very little that gives me any sense that this post-season isn't going to be a disappointment.
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    No Reason For Optimism

    The Flyers have also owned us this season. Plus, even without Carter, they're a very talented team. Whatever has happened in the past 35 years is irrelevant. (And, for what it's worth, the Flyers beat us the last time they played us in the playoffs).
  4. Daniel

    No Reason For Optimism

    Although '95 was a little different since there hadn't been that long track record of success yet, basically from every year since then until the lock out, I was optimistic when playoff time came around. There were certainly disappointments during that time, but those teams showed they had what it took. As much as I like a lot of players on this team, as a whole, it hasn't shown that it can make a decent run in the playoffs, especially given the mediocrity of our blue line.
  5. They won the Cup last year with the same corps of players, so yes they're a serious contender. The same way the Devils were a serious contender basically every year from 1997 through 2004. Also remember that the in 93-94 the Devils lost every regular season game against the Rangers and still took them to seven games.
  6. Daniel

    No Reason For Optimism

    Don't think I'm going away that fast. We beat a non-playoff team, although thoroughly I'll give you that. The last three games against teams still in the playoff hunt we lost. So far as I'm concerned, the only win you can possibly glean anything from for the remainder of the season is against Buffalo. As pessimistic as I am, even I think we should beat the Islanders and the Panthers.
  7. The difference is is that teachers are public servants, who essentially can't get fired for anything once tenured. I pay their salary whether or not I think they're competent, so they better do their friggin' job. This is especially the case since the teachers' unions oppose vouchers, so, if they have their way, unless you're well off, you're forced to deal with their monopoly. On the other hand, I don't agree with what this doctor did, but if you don't like it, there are plenty of other doctors to go to (or at least the President says his health care plan shouldn't affect that). And whether it's unpaid tutoring is irrelevant. The taxpayer pays for their salary. Once you force me to pay your salary, you can't discriminate against my kid for political reasons, even if it's "extra" time.
  8. No. They're only 3 points behind the Bruins with the same number of games played. Rangers can win 2 (with one loss against the Flyers) and the Bruins can lose out.
  9. If this is something significant, it'll be interesting to see if there's a Jacques or Langs decision to make come the offseason? My view is that it would be Langs. Could get a decent return for him in a trade, gain some cap room. Plus, Zach is the captain in waiting, and I think people want him to take over that role sooner rather than later. Those tea leaves are all over the place.
  10. I heard he got caught having an affair with Rod Brind'amour's wife. There was a scuffle, but apparently Eric Lindros came to his defense. EDIT: Looks like someone beat me to it.
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    Caption this picture

    Girl: "Who are you, and what do you do for a living?"
  12. Kovy said: "I don't think anything is going to happen before WE'RE done". His use of the word "we" definitely means he's going to be with the Devils for years to come. Oh wait, then he said: "I don't want anything to interfere with the team". His reference to "the team" obviously means that he sees the Devils as an entity he's not a part of. He's definitely gone next year.
  13. My link Apparently the CDS market is saying that California's public debt is riskier than Kazakhstan's. Is Goldman Sachs funding the lobbying efforts of California's public employee unions?
  14. Daniel

    playoff predictions

    Eastern Conference Only First Round: 1. Washington v. Rangers: Washington in 6 2. Pittsburgh v. Boston: Pittsburgh in 5 3. Sabers v. Canadians: Sabers in 7 4. Devils v. Ottawa: Ottawa in 7 Second Round: Washington v. Ottawa: Washington in 4 Pittsburgh v. Sabers: Pittsburgh in 5 Conference Finals: Pittsburgh v. Caps: Pittsburgh in 7
  15. Daniel

    No Reason For Optimism

    I don't know, but if I figure it out, I want space cash instead.
  16. Daniel

    No Reason For Optimism

    Another bad comparison since there were no shootouts in the 2003 season.
  17. Daniel

    No Reason For Optimism

    If you went to a Rangers board, and they were all talking about how they were going to make it to the conference finals or whatever, you would have a good hearty gut laugh. Yeah, we're in the playoffs, but have been forced to bank on a huge winning streak back in the first couple months of the season. The same blind optimism here would be just as ridiculous. And I find it kind of bizarre that you think I'll be happy when the team loses when I'm voicing obvious, and well deserved frustration. Maybe you're a happy just to be there kind of fan. I'm not.
  18. Daniel

    No Reason For Optimism

    What in god's holy name are you blabbering about? I'm talking about the first round of the playoffs that, if you're a good team, which everyone here still seems to believe, you don't give up two goals in the last minute 30 of game 7 and lose. The Rangers/Devils was game 7 of the CONFERENCE FINALS. And the Rangers ended up winning. Had the Devils held on and won Game 7 against Car. in overtime, then of course the whole thing would have been moot. But they blew it. Department of bad analogies. If you can take consolation in your belief that the Devils gave it the old college try, then bully for you. My view is that a team that fancies itself as this well-oiled machine ought to put up or shut up.
  19. Daniel

    No Reason For Optimism

    But they did happen. Good teams don't blow it like that.
  20. Daniel

    No Reason For Optimism

    As we all know, where you finish the regular season doesn't mean diddly, especially when you're playing like ass the entire second half of the season. True, Pittsburgh also can't get out of it's own way right now. The difference is, as said in my other posts, that Pittsburgh has shown in the past two years that with the team more or less as currently constituted (I recognize I got some disagreements on this), can win in the playoffs. The Devils have shown the exact opposite, and the facts say there is no reason to think this year will be any different. Two possible first round match-ups, Rangers, who have historically owned us in the playoffs with a goalie that dominates us, or the Flyers, trounced us with some of their best players injured. I'm perfectly calm.
  21. Daniel

    No Reason For Optimism

    How confident will you be when the match-up is against the Rangers or the Flyers?
  22. Daniel

    No Reason For Optimism

    Let's not go overboard on how good Clarkson is. And again, you're leaving out good players on that team that are no longer here, Oduya and Madden. But you're right, I forgot about one other difference. His name eludes me at the moment, but he's ridiculously overpaid, seems to be lost everytime he gets on the ice, yet our coach insists he spends a buttload of time on the powerplay. Overall, I'd say, on paper, this team is better than '07 to '08, but the results are what they are.
  23. Daniel

    No Reason For Optimism

    I remember the very lean years when we were praying that Craig Billington would be the savior, and when Lou traded away Kirk Muller, my favorite player (who went on to win a Cup with the Canadians). I'll venture a guess that I've been following this team a lot longer than 80 percent of the people here.
  24. Daniel

    No Reason For Optimism

    The rosters are virtually identical with the obvious exception of Kovy, and no Madden/Oduya this year. Although I suppose you can say that Zajac and Parise are much better players now than they were then. But still when the overall numbers end up the same, it takes few leaps in logic to say that the results should be similar.
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