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  1. 4 hours ago, Mitico12 said:

    I seriously doubt Keefe is taking this long to decide. That would be career suicide for a guy who hasn't won anything at the NHL level and another NHL team wants you and you hem and haw through the process.

    My gut feeling is that it is Woodcroft, in which case we are screwed. 

    I hope it's not Woodcroft but I also feel that's who we're getting. I think Keefe takes the year off and enjoys his money and family time away from hockey. 

  2. 1 hour ago, Nicomo said:

    “I think this is the right hire for the Maple Leafs,” said TSN host Carlo Colaiacovo, who played for Berube in Philadelphia. “What it says is the Maple Leafs are preparing for a culture change. We've seen it, the country club, the coddling of players. I'll tell you right now, with Berube behind the bench, there won't be any of that.”

    Colaiacovo, speaking on TSN Radio, said Berube was one his favourite coaches.

    “He keeps it real. He demands accountability. He demands structure. And he does it in a respectful way. He's a brutally honest coach. In today's hockey, people lose track of how important that is.”

    He would have been so perfect for what the Devils need. *sigh*

    "the country club, the coddling of players."

    That sounds like the Devil's alright, sans Holtz. And Keefe or WCroft will continue that. 

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  3. 4 hours ago, NJDfan1711 said:

    It's not even really an epic choke. Bad loss, yes. But they were down 3-0 in the series to the best team in the league in the regular season.  Coming back to win two games I think saves some face. 

    I get your point but up 3-1 in the third in a must win game. It's safe to say they choked the game and their playoff chances away. Shesterkin was clearly rattled before Kreider put that first puck past Anderson. If Carolina wins that game, they have a legit chance to win Game 7 riding all the momentum. 

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  4. 11 hours ago, smelly said:

    What's been reported is consistent with what I have heard:

    Berube likely to TOR.

    Keefe a possibility.

    Woodcroft most likely.

    Haven't heard anything recently about Sullivan.

    Yup. My money is on Woodcroft. Fitz wants a coach who's good with analytics and the geeks have tremendous influence in the Devils org. It's such an obvious fit. Then Fitz trades for Markstrom and sends Holtz and a pick the other way. Or trades for Ullmark and sends our 10th + Holtz/Casey the other way. Or trades for Saros and sends our 10th + Holtz/Casey + Mercer the other way. And finally, all coaches being fired except Rogalski, who will keep his job because of Marty... 😂

    I say all of this half-jokingly, especially the Rogalski bit. Let's see what happens. 

  5. 34 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

    That would be a fireable offense

    I honestly don't even want to give up the 10th for Ullmark. In the end though, it's not going to matter what goalie comes here once Rogalski applies his Midas touch.

  6. 19 minutes ago, smelly said:

    And the cost of adding a number one G just gets higher and higher by the week. 

    Add CAR to the mix now too. TOR already there. EDM will be too. 

    Just livid at Fitz for dawdling for months when the problem was obvious. Not only did his dithering cost them the season, it’s now cost them additional assets. 

    I assure you 10 overall is decidedly in play. 


    Of course, and Fitz will probably give Calgary the 10th for Markstrom 

  7. 5 hours ago, hystyk28 said:

    100% the analytic department carries enormous influence with the team; otherwise not sure we would even be discussing Woodcroft. If that hire happens, I fully expect the goaltending situation to stay very familiar.

    I think Berube played his cards well and really is inflating his price. It just comes down to destination. I think his latest talks with Winnipeg is just to squeeze out any other favorable terms he can get from...from Toronto. Maybe the Devils will try and match as Newark is a is very favorable locale. I just think the Leafs are going all in with $$$ and with the appeal of it being an original 6 and the glory that comes with a possible Cup in TO, it may just be too much for Chief to pass up. Don't discount that he played for the Flyers when the Devils were a rival. These things matter. Hell, I am pretty, pretty sure it was at least a consideration of Gaudreau not coming here.


    If Fitz keeps things status quo and doesn't follow through on his "big game hunting", then hires a coach to please the analytics geeks, and the Devils don't improve drastically, then he should be sh!tcanned.

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  8. 3 hours ago, hystyk28 said:

    I would say Chief in Toronto should be announced within 36 hours. Once that happens I would expect Keefe to be announced on NJ. 



    The analytics geeks apparently love Woodcroft and I won't be surprised if they get their man. It sounds like that's also the main reason Fitzgerald passed on Berube, his statistics in St Louis didn't impress the analytics team. I'm resigned to the fact that the organization is run by the analytics team. 

    So, I'm expecting Woodcroft to get hired. If not, then Keefe. It's a meh hire in either case. Both coaches had loads of offensive talent, mediocre defense, and poor goaltending and couldn't go deep into the playoffs. Unless something changes with our roster, it'll be same sh!t, different coach. Siegenthaler, Marino...not sold on either of them. Especially Siegenthaler who appears to be getting worse. Bahl plays small. Luke/Nemec/Dougie, that's the defense. Unless the new coach brings up Hatakka who showed promise, and adds him to the mix. We'll see. I really wanted Berube as our coach, to instill much needed discipline, but it appears he's going to Toronto. 

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  9. On 3/31/2024 at 12:31 PM, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

    Let me see any of this sh!t actually happen (catering to Jack and Luke).  I think (or at the very least, HOPE) that Fitz will make his hire based strictly on who will be the best man for the job.  His job here depends on it.

    I hope Fitz doesn't cater to the Hughes bros or the analytics geeks with this coaching hire. If he F's this up, it will lead to star players being traded down the line and another rebuild.

    Coaching aside, I hope he's not dumb enough to trade our 10th for Markstrom. Please don't let that happen.

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  10. 20 minutes ago, smelly said:

    Nothing definitive. I know that they love Woody. 

    And Fitz listens to the analytics geeks like it's the gospel truth. The minute I heard Woodcroft was a numbers geek himself, that was it. This franchise isn't about to hire a throwback disciplinarian. Not their style. Fitz wants a player's coach who meshes with the guys and listens to everything the geeks tell them. He wants Lindy 2.0 but more analytical, and someone who isn't just focused on developing youth.

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  11. 4 minutes ago, RunninWithTheDevil said:

    Call me a jinx or bad luck but the fvcking Rangers are going to win the cup and it's going to fvcking suck

    Most likely and they could even win more than 1 Cup over the next few years with Shesterkin playing this way. He's only 27. 

  12. Goodbye Canes. They'll choke this away and get swept. I guess the question is, what team in the West can defeat the Rangers because I fully expect them to coast to the SCF. And if they win the Cup, it's going to be insufferable with their obnoxious fans.

    If Fitz doesn't get off his ass and right this ship, it'll be downright nauseating the next few years as a Devils fan. 

  13. I have a feeling Fitz goes for Woodcroft or Keefe. I don't think he hires Berube. Fitz probably wants a "player's coach" who says he's going to hold people accountable but isn't a throwback hard ass like Berube. 

    Ultimately , I think the analytics geeks will steer Fitz into hiring Woodcroft. With this franchise, they have a tremendous amount of influence. 

  14. 33 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

    I’d prefer Keefe over Woodcroft or McLellan, that’s for sure.

    100%. I don't want any coach who's going to give even more power and influence to the analytics geeks that run this team. Enough already! We need a disciplinarian who's going to get the softies on this team in line and create a sound defensive structure. I can't stomach another year watching Siegenthaler and Marino costing us goals. 

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  15. Rangers player kicks his leg out and trips a Canes player...no call. Fox hits Guenztel in the face...no call. Guenztel retaliates...Rangers power play. 

    Laviolettte's teams seem to enjoy taking cheap shots and embellish to get calls their way. His Canes teams pioneered the dive and this Rags team is taking embellishment to new heights. 

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