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  1. NLinfante

    Fire Hynes

    I know I'm coming in late, but this topic is kind of silly. The team is constructed exactly the same as it was last year, and the team squeaked into the playoffs after an insane run to the end the year and a MVP performance from Hall. If anything, I think it's fair to say the team got lucky last year considering most of the underlying numbers (last time I checked) are actually better this year than last year. Hynes is not the problem; this team does not have enough impact players to be much more than a contender for the 2nd WC.
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    GDT: Devil's @ Sens 7:30, MSG+

    You're gut feeling is right. This is not on the Head Coach at all; this roster is not good enough to win on a consistent basis. I was delightfully surprised with the first few games, but this is what you get with a one good line, one patchwork line, and then 6 other guys. As we've seen, the minute there is an injury or someone hits a slump, the roster is not up to par. One impact F and probably a D away from being a threat in the east.
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    2018-19 Around the League Thread

    I watched a little of the BOS/WAS game last night and I hate to say it, but John Moore looked pretty good, even in the midst of a pitiful effort by the B's. In the first period alone he sunk into the zone to keep offensive plays alive more than once. He was much maligned on here, and rightfully so at times, but I really hope the devils don't end up missing him. Hopeful Ray has a plan beyond waiting for Ty Smith. Granted, the money Moore is making isn't too bad BUT the 5-year deal is a terrible decision.
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    2018-19 Around the League Thread

    I would err on the side of the younger player giving in a bit too, especially given the fact that they're supposed to be a contender. Nevertheless, it would be interesting to know what teams have called and spoken about.
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    2018-19 Around the League Thread

    I'm interested to see what happens with Nylander in Toronto. They have some nice talent up front, but from what I've read online, this may not be over quickly. Personally, I thought it would have been done by now, one way or another.
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    2018 Pre-Season Thread

    Admittedly I haven't watched every second of the preseason games, but I have watched at least a little of each. I am cautiously optimistic, but I still see an issue with each of the major components of this team as it's currently constructed (F, D, G). Obviously if Cory comes back and is productive, that takes care of the goaltending, but I really believe that this team is one impact F, and at least another solid D before they can make the playoffs again. Too many teams in the Metro have improved, even slightly, and the Devils needed a great last 15 games or so last season to squeak in. I was hoping to see a standout performance in camp, but I'm not sure it's there this year beyond Smith who should probably not burn a year of his ELC at 18. I'm also typing this out so I can gladly eat some crow later; we shall see. LGD.
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    2018 Offseason Thread

    Let's assume even less in terms of his projected awareness and skill (everyone knows he's fast) and go with the fact that he'll be a cost-controlled version of Zajac.
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    2018 Offseason Thread

    Yeah, actually that sounds about right, but not a bad deal from the Sens' perspective except for the cap floor issue. The devils have plenty of cap space, but they also have plans for the players you've alluded to in the near future so taking on 7.25 could become an issue if compliance buyouts are not part of the next work stoppage. If we're talking a trade for just Karlsson, it's going to take something that stings a little, plus a first as you mentioned.
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    2018 Offseason Thread

    All valid points, but I would hesitate on Severson, Bratt, McLoed and a first (mostly because of Bratt and the draft pick tbh). Consider that the Sens don't have a first round pick this year so I'm fairly confident that they want that in the return somewhere. If Shero would be willing to eat Ryan's contract (which is why the Devils were rumored to be part of the deal over the summer) then maybe it doesn't take much more than a first to land EK. That seems unfathomable initially, but maybe not if you're taking in over 7mil in Ryan's deal. I guess teams are balking at eating that salary so they are trying to work extra picks or players in for Karlsson alone.
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    2018 Offseason Thread

    If Ottawa is taking this long, what is the asking price? Two 1st's and a player? I would have to imagine that if they were only asking a first and a second, or a first and a prospect, this would have been done weeks ago.
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    Tavares or Carlson

    Here's the thing with the Pitt analogy, it's not like their defense is as stacked as their forward group. Letang, sure bona fide when he's healthy. Doumilin and Matta probably come next, but they are so loaded up front that with decent goaltending, they can compete with anyone. Adding Tavares instead of Carlson puts NJ in a similar situation. Perhaps not identical, but similar enough. With Vatanen a clear #1 on this roster, you really just need supporting pieces. Hopefully Seversen and Butcher could be that. EDIT: I guess Schultz with 27 points isn't bad either. I honestly don't really know how productive he is relative to his salary.
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    GDT: Devils @ Tampa Game 5 4/21/2018 3:00 PM NBC, NBCSN

    It's time for the classic "we're getting on a plane back to Jersey win or lose; might as well make them come back too" coaching line. LGD.
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    GAME 4: Tampa Bay @ New Jersey. 730 PM EST, GOLF, MSG+

    The hit on Sami is drawing a lot of attention, and deservedly so. But, having slept off the disappointment from the loss, I'm just as inclined to cite the PP and the Zajac/Maroon breakaways with the guys above my post. The team had their chances last night. Time to battle.
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    GAME 3: Tampa Bay @ New Jersey. 730 PM EST, CNBC, MSG+

    I will be there tonight, section 1; very excited for playoff hockey back at the Rock! LGD.
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    Devils vs. Lightning Series Discussion

    Actually more love than I would have thought, but I guess if you have to pick an upset, it's a trendy option. Nice to see TG keeping it in the family for sure.
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