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Posts posted by slasher72

  1. I just don't want this team to go back to scoring 1 or 2 goals and sitting back the rest of the game.

    this team is barely capable of scoring more than 2 goals a game as is. No to Lemaire!

    But knowing how Lou thinks, with his love for all things Devils nostalgia, I think he'll give the job to Lemaire.

  2. Holik is the only player left that I think Lou would acquire. Not sure this helps us much thought

    since Lou has a soft spot for "his guys" I bet he brings back Holik, signs Madden and Gionta and let's Oduya take a walk. Then to top it off he signs Jacuqes Lemaire.

    haha, god i hope that doesnt happen

  3. Someone is going to offer Zach a MONSTER contract when he's eligible. We need him to like Jersey enough to take Lou's low-ball offer (you know he will) when the time comes.

    if Lou lowballed him and he signed with a team like the Hurricanes, that would really suck.

  4. my money is on Lemaire. Lou has had a thing for living in the glory days lately. I think his reasoning will be "Jacques Lemaire brought this organization it's first Stanley Cup and he knows how to implement a successful system that will work. I have full confidence that he can do it again, etc."

    mark my words, it's gonna happen.

    as for free-agency, my prediction is that Lou is going to wait it out and grab 1 or 2 role players after all the big-name signings are over (by the Rangers, Avalanche, Flyers)....

  5. fetisov didn't survive robinson. beyond that, the assistants the devils keep are clearly 'devils guys', which i think makes a lot more sense than letting a coach hire his own assistants and than having to clear them all out.

    i don't like the idea of john maclean as a coach of this team.

    If Lou doesn't give the job to Johnny Mac, maybe he'll decide to coach again himself?

  6. I hope the Pens win it in 6, but after watching tonight's game is it possible that this damn Wings team wins it this year and goes for a fourpeat over the next 2 years? I can't stomatch that thought (because they're fans are the biggest trash-talking D Bags) but what team in the East can take them out? I'd love to think we could, but we can't even get out of the first round??

  7. I hope they get can improve the team but I'm pretty much accepting the fact that they may be mediorce for a few years (good enough to make the playoffs, but not good enough to make it out of the first round). I think as long as you lower your expectations, it's not as bad.. especially when they run into buzz-saws like Carolina in the playoffs.

    Not trying to be a downer, I just know what this current roster can and cannot do and we're all aware of Lou's frugality amidst free agency. Not to mention, we don't have much cap space to work with.

    I'd like to see the young guys come up and be given a chance like Corrente, Bergfors, Frazee, etc. but Lou tends to stick with his veterans, so who knows if that'll happen this year.

    I think we see the same exact roster in '09-'10 with the exception of 1-3 guys (i.e Madden, Gionta, Rupp) who may or may not be around.

    We'll see...

  8. Marian Hossa wasn't a big time free agent acquisition? Brian Rafalski?

    I would say good acquisitions but far from big-time. I think it does come down to outstanding scouting, like the other poster mentioned.

  9. this team is unbelievable. how is it that nearly every year they are a Cup contender without any high draft picks or big time free agent acquisitions? Not to mention their veterans like Draper seem to never lose a step.

  10. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/2..._up_roster.html

    "I do not think it needs a shakeup," Lamoriello said Thursday after the team's final meeting. "The first thing you do not do is because something didn't go the way it should over a certain period of time is to think that everything is wrong. I believe in this group, this core group. We will take a step back and whatever we think we can do to make this team better we will certainly do our best to do that, but a major shakeup? No."

    -- I rest my case. As fans, we need to accept the reality that Lou is in love with the same group of players (White, Pandolfo, Gio, Madden, etc. etc.) and won't shake things up. He still believes this roster, as is, has everything it needs to win a Cup. I'd hate to say it, but I think the game has passed Lou by.

    This reminds me of how George Young was during the latter part of his tenure with the Giants. He was living in their glory days and refused to accept the changes happening in the NFL at that time. He made several bad moves, was overly thrifty with available free agents while overypaying our own mediocre players out of a sense of loyalty, and listened to no one but himself. His stubborn actions caused the Giants to be very mediocre for a good 5-10 years. I can see the same thing happening to the Devils.

  11. As for the team itself, Lamoriello thought it was good enough to win the Stanley Cup this spring.

    "This team, in my opinion, had all the ingredients in all areas which we lacked a little of last year," he said.

    -- He said the same thing last year and look where that got us. He's in love with the idea of maintaining the same group of guys and adding 1 or 2 forwards or defensemen on the cheap. It's the same song and dance every year.

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