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NLinfante last won the day on January 11 2012

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  1. All purpose general trade speculation thread

    I mentioned to a friend last night that a playoff birth and first round win would satisfy me far beyond what I thought was possible at season's inception. I don't think it's going to be easy, but proving to Hall and the kids that this team can get into the playoffs and even win a little bit would be huge. I also think it might prove favorable for UFA's (read, Carlson) on July 1. The East is going to be real tough, but if this team gets good goal-tending and any semblance of secondary scoring, they can absolutely "steal" a round from a higher ranked team. Certainly there is a long way to go, but I'm in a good mood today so I'll let that color my take on this team post-deadline.
  2. All purpose general trade speculation thread

    Please God, no
  3. All purpose general trade speculation thread

    Correct; I missed the conditional part the first time I read it. Doesn't change anything though for NJ. Hopefully NJ's first rounder this year will be middle of the pack (or maybe even lower) and nowhere near the lottery, 2019's I would lottery protect but also insist that EK stays for the gobs and gobs of money that he'll earn. Certainly I don't agree with EJ that a team will have to send both first rounders. Either or.
  4. All purpose general trade speculation thread

    The Sens don't have a first or second this year, according to capfriendly. I'm sure gaining either or both of those would be huge for them. I wouldn't mind sending a 2018 or 2019 first as part of a package, but it would be lottery protected and I would also put conditions on EK resigning in two years.
  5. All purpose general trade speculation thread

    Just for the sake of facts, here are three of the F's that Shero has supposedly inquired about. Pacioretty, one additional season at 4.5m Galchenyuk, two additional seasons at 4.9m Hoffman, two additional seasons at 5.2m In this case, I think Hoffman makes the most sense although he is the most expensive cap-wise. I don't think he'll demand as much as Pacioretty (although the extra year may come into play there) but the Devils could certainly deal for him without demanding Ottawa to retain salary. He could provide a nice boost to the second line considering 9, 13, 21 looked pretty solid tonight. I'm not really in favor or giving up too much of the future, but if the Sens really go into firesale mode, I would at least listen.
  6. GDT: Devils @ Philthadelphia Phailures 7:00 PM

    As mentioned, referees were about as bad as they could be in this one. However, giving up the second flyers goal on the first shift after tying the game is the kind of stuff that is driving fans absolutely crazy at this point. Lovejoy was caught puck-watching on that one and, to be fair, Butcher was a little late to the puck carrier. With that being said, I loved the playmaking on Nico's goal and Hall has a compete level through the roof. If this team can just stay healthy I see no reason why they can't make the playoffs without all of us having heart attacks during the last week of the regular season. I'm curious to see if Shero can add just a little scoring on the wing or find something bigger on the back end. I honestly have no idea which six d-men should play (really the 5 and 6th spots) on any given night because they basically all take turns at being bad. At least Moore did his thing and chimed in with a G and some TOI in OT.
  7. All purpose general trade speculation thread

    http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/22025032/nhl-case-toronto-maple-leafs-trading-auston-matthews Not trying to cause a stir here, but this is something I've never really thought about before and I found it interesting. On teams with multiple emerging stars, it may become challenging to pay them all (read: Edmonton). I'm not sure NJ makes sense because they're going to have to pay 13 and, presumably, 8 and 63 in the next few years, but I am pretty in awe every time I watch Matthews play. Discuss.
  8. Uneasy trend

    That's right. While I might agree that this picture shows that MoJo is in the offensive zone entirely, so is the puck. Therefore, it's onside to me.
  9. GDT - Devils vs Rangers 12/21/17

    Great win! Couldn't believe how awesome the top line was in this one. The last 3 or 4 minutes of the game I was screaming at the tv for Hynes to get them out there as much as possible. I also agree with a bunch of you who have already posted, seeing the emotion from Hall and Schneids made me believe in this group. Almost to the midway point of the season and sitting in first feels pretty good.
  10. Rico's Return

    Yeah, that's a good way to put it. I don't really care about numbering lines 1-4, it just seems like SOP for fans and people around the game. Bratt has shown the kind of ability with the puck to warrant reasonable ice time, not "4th line" minutes. That's all.
  11. Rico's Return

    I'm fine with not changing what is working, but Bratt is not a 4th line player. When MoJo gets back, they both need to be in the top 6. Keeping Coleman-Zajac-Gibbons together as a tough shutdown unit is great, but they cannot be expected to contribute offensively long term.
  12. Rico's Return

    I tend to let the coaches do their thing without too much debate...that's why they get paid the big bucks after all, but Bratt on the 4th line and Gibbons on the 2nd seems odd to me. Bratt is a talented NHL player, he has played his off-wing before; he seems a more logical choice for the top-6 at this point in time. Hopefully I eat some crow on this one and I can go back to not nitpicking at Hynes' line combos, but I really want to see a win on Thursday against the team from across the river.
  13. The Devils Can't Score Since Nov. 16th.

    Here's the thing about Zajac: he's always been praised for his defensive play and FO%, but his offensive production has largely been tied to having great wingers ( our old friends 9 and 17 come to mind). With Palms and MoJo out, or just recently returned, Hall-Nico-Bratt occupying the top line and Rico traded, who exactly has Zajac played with who can help produce points? I guess my point is, play him as a shut-down guy? Fine by me, but no one should really complain about a lack of production then. Play him as a top 2-center? Also fine, but at least give the guy some offensively gifted players to work with. I think we need to let this play out just a bit more before we start dreaming about waiving the NTC.
  14. Devils aquire Sami Vatanen for Henrique + Blandisi + '18 3rd

    Fans won't have to wait long to thank Henrique for his time in NJ. Ducks visit in just over 2 weeks. Maybe that will spur some otherwise slow Monday night ticket sales.
  15. If Zajac came back today...

    Regardless of what line he's on, I'd be most inclined to put him with at least one defensively solid winger to match lines with the other team's best option. That should free up the offensively gifted guys, in theory, in most home games.Maybe playing Zajac with Gibbons and Bratt would be an option.