Jump to content

mouse

Members
  • Content Count

    2,525
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    10

Posts posted by mouse

  1. I've disagreed with sd before, but he makes a fair point here. If we weren't relying on Elias more than we logically should, we wouldn't be as concerned about a slow, but not embarassing start. Unfortunately, Elias may very well be our most important player next to Schneids.

  2. I really think we're all jumping the gun a bit with saying Elias is fading. When he was with Havlat, he was looking pretty good, but he's been without him for a while and has been struggling. I think this is something to revisit at the halfway mark and if he's still only putting up .5ppg, then maybe he is really declining, but it's still pretty early in the season to say he's truly lost it.

    Part of the reason that's frustrating is that Elias in his prime could carry any line mate. If he can be productive with a good line at his age, I'd be happy, but even that would show that he's lost a step. In any case, as others have said, small sample size. Also, no matter what, he's given is a ton.

  3. SO lineup needs to be JJ, Brunner and random 3rd person. Cam maybe? I'd be interested to see if Ryder could just pick a spot and rip it since he has a really great, accurate wrister. JJ and Brunner need to be locks for the SO for now though.

    Old habits die hard. I initially pictured CamJan trying to score a shootout goal (but only after shaking off his elbow pad) before remembering we have a better Cam now.

  4. For me it's really just the Devils and Red Bulls and Team USA in soccer.

     

    This. Throw in Stoke and Rayo Vallecano in Europe. 

     

    I used to love the Yankees, now I like them, but philosophically, I prefer the approach of a guy like Lou, who knows how to build talent without throwing a ton of money around, then the Yankees, and much as Yankees will always be my team, I'll watch fewer than half the games at this point. I tried to stop watching football, because I don't like the way the NFL has handled concussions, and realized I actually didn't miss it that much. I guess I'd rather the Giants win than anyone else, but I don't actually care. Knicks are my basketball team, but I don't have time to watch all the Devils games, so chances of me taking another winter sport seriously are pretty low. It's too bad because I actually like basketball, and I have a ton of time to watch games in the summer, being a teacher.

  5. I will fight to death over this.

    For one, everyone talks about North and South Jersey, when really it's a battle of East and West. The closer you stay to the shoreline, the more urban/suburban the area is. Going west in both North and South Jersey really leads to the same open fields.

    I-195 is the divider between North and South Jersey, with Ocean and Monmouth constituting as Central.

    http://www.grayflannelsuit.net/blog/this-is-the-most-accurate-and-funny-map-of-new-jersey-ever

  6. I guess DeBoer has learned something but he can't let go to Mr Waste S. Gionta.

    We've beaten that horse into the ground, but since Carter's gone, who are you gonna ice as the 4th line center? Josefson has shown too many times that if he's going to be worth anything (and he may not be), he needs decent linemates. Short of moving Zubs back to center and dropping him to the 4th line, DeBo's hands are tied. I admit that's partially because of his and Lou's love for Gio, but at this point, he's their guy.

  7. Triumph the coaches know that Lou made a mistake. Salvador is not the anchor of this defense. Assume Salvador is done as it appears who is his replacement certainly not Larsson they play a different game. I am not sure that Harrold can do the job. Increasing minutes of Severson and Merrill will accomplish something but rookies make mistakes. Gelinas is the defensive disaster we all ecpected. The three line offense is struggling against better teams. Signing Gomez doesn't help the defense but could help the offense but we must rid ourselves of Gionta who can't win a faceoff, doesn't have the reach for the PK and for the most part is lost on offense. Tootoo isn't a positive influence he takes to many penalties. Ruttu needs line mates. The fourth line is to be a line that allows the other 3 lines to get some rest but playing 6 or 7 minutes total won't make that happen. We are right back to last season Lou didn't get it and DeBoer can't see the problems of his player selections. The future doesn't look bright. I like Cammy with Elias and Havlet. I don't see a wing for Zajac and Jagr anywhere. Henrique with Ryder and Clowe isn't working. We will be on the bubble unless Lou makes some moves and DeBoer smarten up.

    Let's calm down a little. They won 3 in a row, and looked pretty good doing it. They played 1 terrible period against the Caps, then lost to a good Sharks team. Are they perfect? No. But the d is going to get better as the kids mature, and the top 3 lines actually look pretty solid. If Clowe can stay healthy, that line is going to have some very good games (as they already have). 

  8. Yeah we're going through Vegas then Utah on route 70 to Denver, staying in Colorado a couple days, then going on 80 through Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. I know there's a bunch of good breweries in Colorado too.

    We plan on going to Ballast, and I looked on the map, Stone is just past Ballast on the way back to Camp Pendleton. So maybe we'll stop at both. Its unbelievable how many breweries there are in that county

    Make sure you get to Three Floyds

  9. Why are you and others so worried about this?&

    I am sure this has all been thought threw throughly.

    Do we watch the same NHL? At least Goodell isn't our commissioner, but we haven't exactly been blessed with logic or fairness from the NHL front office.

  10. He is due a payment of $4 million this year that if he retires he will not receive.  That is why Pronger will not retire, not because of the Flyers' cap.

    And he has the right to "keep playing." I get preferring a $4 mil paycheck to what must be a much smaller one from the NHL, but we make decisions in life. If he's that dedicated to player safety, or bored doing nothing, he needs to retire and commit to this new job. If he cares more about the money (and i don't begrudge him that, he has a family, and having seen how fast guys with head injuries can see their health deteriorate, he should be concerned about their future), he should wait to take the NHL job. I don't really fault HIM for doing both, though I always thought he was a spoiled brat, and don't like him, the league is clearly giving him special treatment, and shouldn't. Even if they think he's the only guy ever who can handle player safety, they can't let him collect two paychecks from different factions of the same company while only working for one. Especially since his employment by one faction has the potential to affect his ability to perform his duty toward the other.

  11. If we still had Volch and Larsson was sitting, I'd be mad, but by letting Fayne walk and buying out Volch, the Devils gave the kid every chance to succeed. I'm not writing him off yet at all, and I don't know if PDB plans to sit him for long, but as of now, he lost a spot he was damn near guaranteed to a 20 year old. That's not PDB showing a bias toward older guys. I also don't buy that PDB has a problem with Europeans. Jagr has been great here. More apropos, Ruutu, whose style meshes well with DeBoer's has fit right in and taken a spot from Carter, a DeBoer guy. Maybe Larsson is good, but isn't right for this team. More likely, as imo he ideally plays a similar game to Fayne, who did just fine, he just wasn't good enough in camp.

  12. [quote name="Bartholomew Hunt" post="1281629" timestamp="1412984520

    I'm going out to San Diego on Sunday and driving back across the country with my friend who is done with his 4 years in the marines. Does anyone have any suggestions of breweries to stop at or bottles to pick up along the way? I would really like to go to Ballast Point in SD. I'd like to go to Uinta also but Salt Lake City is a little too far out of the way.

  13. Using that logic, every player has hit their "skill threshold" at the age of 21. How do you explain players who hit their peak later? Andy Greene, for example. He broke into the NHL at 23 and definitely wasn't at the height of his skills for a few years

    This. D is in large part about positioning and reading plays. If you don't play games at nhl speed, you're gonna mess that up unless you skate like Nieds and can bail yourself out. Larssom may not get there, but the fact that he's not there at 21 doesn't scare me.

  14. It's possible the non one-way was in case Brodeur was ready to come to NJ as a backup. The issue for me is why Lou possibly thought Clemmensen was a good option as a backup. If he was not an ex-Devil, he would be out of this league. You can't be as bad as Clemmensen has been and get an NHL job. But this is what Lou does now...

    Eh, as Tri said, this just makes it easy to call up Kinkaid in November, after he gets some AHL games. I'd be willing to be if Kinkaid sh!ts the bed and Clemmer's as expected, we can get SOMEONE then.

  15. There's a big difference between Yankees sox and Devils rags. Yankees six is to a large degree a relationship between equals. Storied franchises, die hard fan bases, crazy media with an annoying tendency to hype everything. Deep down, many Yankees and sox fans respect and understand each other. In hockey, rags have money and longevity. Devils have quality. Devils fans love and understand hockey. Rags fans love bad beer, the sound of their own voices, and spreading stupidity. This ensures that there will never be respect between the franchises (though we rightfully respect a guy like Lundquist even while rooting against him, in a way rags fans never respected Marty or Stevens). The farewell tour wouldn't fly here, and for good reason.

    As for the other stars who retired differently, none of them dealt with the media the way Jeter did. Griffey's the only one young enough to deal with 24 hour coverage, and he never played in a market like NY. We found Chere to be annoying and distracting dealing with Marty this year. Multiply that by 1000 and you get what people would have done with Jeter if he hadn't announced his retirement early. No question the tour went over the top, and got weird and annoying, but it's nowhere near the distraction speculation would have caused.

    There's a big difference between Yankees sox and Devils rags. Yankees six is to a large degree a relationship between equals. Storied franchises, die hard fan bases, crazy media with an annoying tendency to hype everything. Deep down, many Yankees and sox fans respect and understand each other. In hockey, rags have money and longevity. Devils have quality. Devils fans love and understand hockey. Rags fans love bad beer, the sound of their own voices, and spreading stupidity. This ensures that there will never be respect between the franchises (though we rightfully respect a guy like Lundquist even while rooting against him, in a way rags fans never respected Marty or Stevens). The farewell tour wouldn't fly here, and for good reason.

    As for the other stars who retired differently, none of them dealt with the media the way Jeter did. Griffey's the only one young enough to deal with 24 hour coverage, and he never played in a market like NY. We found Chere to be annoying and distracting dealing with Marty this year. Multiply that by 1000 and you get what people would have done with Jeter if he hadn't announced his retirement early. No question the tour went over the top, and got weird and annoying, but it's nowhere near the distraction speculation would have caused.

  16. White learned how to be a valuable, physical player without fighting. I know they play different positions, but IMO it's a valid comparison. Clowe will still be able to play physical and contribute without dropping the gloves. The real question us will eliminating/cutting back on fighting be enough to prolong his career anywhere near the end of the contract.

  17. Don't buy that Stevens is a prima Donna. He didn't whine to Chere, Chere asked other players. Since everyone played what we can now assume is DeBo's system, doesn't sound like Stevens created a locker room divide. Stevens seems to have left for valid reasons, both professional and personal. Since Albelin was waiting in the wings, this didn't have a negative effect on anything, even if the timing wasn't perfect.

  18. I never loved him when he was here. He always seemed a little indifferent/lazy. Obviously can't prove it, but something about him rubbed me the wrong way. I didn't really embrace him enough to get hurt when he took the money, so I'll continue to kinda not like him. May the best man win, but I'm hoping Josefson blows him away.

  19. The epic imperial pumpkin porter is the best pumpkin beer I've ever has. Not sure if it'll make it this Far East, I had it in Utah, but if it does, get it.

  20. By "missing production"  its not just about numbers (cause like i said, situations can throw off any numbers) it's about what they brought / how clutch they could be / what they can do in certain situations. You need a goal you look up to those guys, you expected those guys to be able to raise their game at the right time. They could do stuff that others couldnt do, or at least not on a regular basis lol

     

    and to your point, a lot of things went our way that year that we went to the cup finals. Which again shows that you HAVE to bury your chances and make the big plays when you can. Gotta grab your opportunities. Again hard to deny that our guys that we have are missing of that other than Henrique and Jagr, even Elias has lost his touch. Some of his SO attempts were beyond sad.

     

    anyways, this is going nowhere. Let's call it a day

    It IS about numbers. Teams regress to the mean. 2012 was a good fluke. Losing Parise hurt, but that team was supposed to get worse and did. Last year was a bad fluke. We should get better this year. Throw in some good patches by Lou, and we have a good shot at the playoffs, which are a crapshoot in the east anyway.
  21. The flavored beer - like a Maple beer -- I somehow have grown out of them :( I had that Creme Brulee beer the other day and it was like drinking hazelnut coffee -- it was just wrong to my taste buds. I'm anxious I'm not going to like pumkin ales this season.

    :

    Wouldn't worry too much; I couldn't stand crime brûlée stout either, way too sweet, and I actually like sweet beers.
  22. Any chance that Gelinas might be traded since he is still un-signed?  Him and Carter seem to be the only players left without a contract from last year's team and while I can see Carter's reason for being un-signed (probably wants money and looking at fit) but Gelinas not being signed so far is odd.

     

    I know Henrique wasn't signed last year until shortly before training camp but I don't think it's fair to compare them.

    Unless Scarlett's farther along than we think, not likely. We'd be short d, short of reading d for d, and I don't see anyone giving up someone better or cheaper. Gelinas has a ton of potential, but he's risky enough nobody's gonna give much up to get him.

  23. It drives me crazy, because that used to be how I knew stores were bringing out old beer, but now the breweries are just out of whack with their seasonals.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.