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  1. Nass did enough to at least be on the list, but I highly doubt he gets the job unless it really comes down to a money issue. I suppose John Stevens might be seen as something like a Mike Sullivan or Daryl Sutter type, who is also worth talking to.
  2. It’s not my money, but if you have to pay $3 million just to buy him out of his current gig, it means it’s much harder to fire him if it turns out he’s not the answer.
  3. The word has been that Vancouver would probably voluntarily give up its pick this year so long as they didn't end up in the top ten or something like that.
  4. I just want the Devils to have the ideal set of draft picks and to have the team with a non-insufferable fanbase win whatever it is they end up doing.
  5. If it goes through, and it means that Arizona and Vancouver are deemed to be "playoff teams," it benefits the Devils, or at least there's enough of a chance that it does over the status quo that it's preferable. The best case scenario, which is quite possible, is that Arizona and Vancouver lose in the first round of whatever it is. Even accounting for neither of them being involved in the old system lottery that it looks like they're going to do in some form, it's possible that the Devils have two picks between 8 and 15 in addition to the top six pick they'll have. If Arizona "wins" that first round, their pick next year goes from a third to a second, or an argument can be made that it does. And if the league goes forward with this, I imagine that when it comes to deciding draft pick conditions, any ambiguities are going to go in favor of the team that isn't included in this playoff format.
  6. I found pretty much all of Dexter overrated. Annoying voiceover and annoying prominent character in his sister.
  7. "Perfectly fine" is not a ringing endorsement. It more or less worked. The last ten minutes were cringy, but alternative endings would have been unsatisfying too. It was about on par with the ending of The Wire.
  8. The Many Saints of Newark should go down in history as the best title for a movie in the history of movies regardless of how good (or bad) the movie turns out to be. In a way, I'm glad it got pushed to next year to make sure they do it right.
  9. So far as I know, the Hoffman stuff all goes back to his (or his fiance's) issues with Karlsson. To my knowledge, the only people that mentioned anything about him being an issue were the wives of former Senaotrs players (I think Turris's wife was one of them). Assuming everything checks out, I'd be fine sighing him. But it's not all numbers. I want excitement coupled with getting a great player. Hall is better than Hoffman, and there's the added benefit of him coming back after potentially getting another franchise player for him in a rental deal. As I said, my big issue with Shero was that it came to the point that he had to trade Hall. I will take it back if we find out there was some kind of understanding that he would consider signing with the Devils in the offseason and if that came to pass.
  10. It'll be weird if he ends up signing with a Canadian team when you consider that Canadian based outlets called him a lockerroom cancer and made withdrawn accusations that he was a cokehead.
  11. Did not watch the Shield. And forgot about the Sopranos, which was also unfairly maligned. Breaking Bad was perfect, to the point that I watch the last episode every so often.
  12. It did not seem like the fact that he got traded from a Canadian team had anything to do with whatever disappointment he had, but rather was being made the scapegoat for why the Oilers were a mess. From all accounts, he liked New Jersey and liked the organization, but he was going to take the pure business approach to contract negotiations, which is perfectly fine. And at least he didn't string the team along like Tavares did with the Isles. The thing that would have changed the calculus would have been if the Devils lived up to the expectations, in which there's a good chance he'd have signed an extension. Whatever happened in the past is irrelevant when you consider that no one is in a better position to sign him than we are. You're talking Red Wedding kind of death blow if the Devils could pull that off (while we're doing GOT references).
  13. Battle nobody could see: real battles are chaotic, you're not supposed to see them very well. Rushed character development: what characters? They've been there forever. I grant you that everything after the destruction of King's Landing was kind of lame, but if the show had to end, there's not much you could do to make it much better. So far as series endings go, it was far superior to Seinfeld (I'm not a Dexter fan, so can't opine on that one), probably on par with The Wire, but doesn't hold a candle to Breaking Bad. It's constrained by what the show is about more than anything though.
  14. JFC, the ending of GOT was perfectly fine. Arguably, the last ten minutes was lame, but it was either that or (i) the White Walkers win; or (ii) we gazillion years of self righteous nonsense from Khaleesi. In a similar vein, Taylor Hall's departure from the Devils had very little to do with Taylor Hall, but more to do with Ray Shero being unable to build a winner. That said, the Devils are in a unique position to sign him for less money than they would have and to have gotten the trade compensation in the process. Seriously, if Fitzgerald or whoever the GM is can manage to pull that off, we're talking a bigger deathblow than the Devils using the compensation from the Stevens tampering to draft Parise.
  15. And if there's a silver lining to COVID-19, it might be that I'll be socially distanced from those fans for a certain period of time.
  16. I get the sense that he was willing to sign an extension here until things started looking really dysfunctional towards the end when both sides realized it would be best to cut bait. I personally would still welcome him back, and I mean how couldn't any real fan if you consider that we will have gotten a top ten pick, Kevin Bahl, and Nick Merkely to have loaned him to Arizona for 35 games and being on the hook for at least one less year. The only ex-Devil I've ever booed was Gomez. A Devils fan that would boo Taylor Hall is the same person who really, really likes saying "you suck" after the Devils score a goal. My allergies for those fvcking fans, has returned.
  17. Assuming the cap stays relatively stable, I'd give Hall 7 years $60-65 million. He's more likely to end up on LTIR towards the end than be just a really terrible player. At the absolute worst, he's Corey Perry bad towards the end of his deal. While Anaheim is a bad team, it's not because they had to buy him out. The Devils are in a position to own free agency if they want to, and it will probably be the last time for a while that can happen.
  18. This. It’s a syndrome that analytics people get bogged down in fretting over some theoretical cap hit to production ratio. Whatever you pay a player is about whether it prevents you from doing something you otherwise might be in a position to do down the road. It’s not an exact science, but it’s not a fantasy league where you have the ability to get Connor McDavid the next season.
  19. He has said he wants a long term deal. And assuming the report that Colorado has no interest in signing him is true and that there aren't going to be any compliance buy outs, there are not going to be many teams that can give him a respectable contract. If the Devils hit it out of the park at the draft and hire a respected coach, there may not be a better option for him than here. I would take that chance on him. All that said, if the league does allow compliance buy outs, he's signing with the Rangers.
  20. I’m the most selfish person I know, and I just want them to rip off the bandaid.
  21. Just cancel the season. Hold the draft in mid-June with a maximum four spot lottery move up and binding arbitration for any conditional picks the teams can’t work out on their own. Work out salary cap issues with the PA and schedule free agency for no later than mid-July. Spend all efforts after that to get next season started on time or relatively close to on time where fans can be present. If certain teams need to be moved out of high risk areas to play their home games, including the Devils, make the plans for that.
  22. Daniel


    My advice, go into any liquor store that doesn't have a social media presence that generally sells craft beer and take a look in the refrigerators. If you don't see it, ask the clerk if they have it in the back. So far as I can tell, stores are only getting one or two cases of each. Update: looks like they’re going to make deliveries to NJ every four or five weeks for the foreseeable fiture.
  23. Daniel


    So Alchemist in Vermont is distributing Heady Topper and Focal Banger all over the country in limited amounts. I'm in Jersey City and have been taking some trips here and there to liquor stores in Jersey City and Hoboken to snag four packs where I can find them. Not sure if it's going to be a permanent thing, or if it's just COVID-19 related. Anyway, while I'm not a beer snob, gotta say both are very good and worth the hype, although maybe not worth the hype of driving all the way up to Vermont just to get it.
  24. Detroit is really, really bad so if there's a team that the NHL should be helping out, it's them. It's much better than a system that gives a really good team the opportunity to jump all the way to number 1. This system also benefits the Devils.
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