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  1. I can appreciate that there are mixed opinions among the forum and players regarding morning skates. Phil Esposito didn't like them, Brendan Shanahan did. I can also understand that if a team is playing reasonably well, a coach may decide to forgo the skate. What about a team that is not playing well, struggling with a penalty kill, breakout or power play? Maybe a morning skate establishes greater accountability. And if some guys don't want to see each other every day, too bad. Get over it. It's your job. It's a team sport and they are your team mates. I would not have asked about this if the
  2. I just don't buy that this team doesn't need practice on game days. Even if they only worked on the PK and passing. At least they didn't tire themselves out this morning practicing like Pittsburgh did.
  3. Another game day when the team is having an optional skate. I have not been keeping track but it seems like DeBoer does this a lot. I understand when they play back to back games or the fact that they have certain contractual rules with the player's association. I also get that there are some older players on the team that can benefit from a down day now and then. I wonder if anyone else has noticed this and if it's common around the league? BTW....Pittsburgh held a practice for tonight's game.
  4. The thing that caught me by surprise was the level of immaturity that Parise seems to display. His quote, “Ryan and I had talked throughout the year, we’d say to each other wouldn’t it be great to play with each other on the same team.” Really? Did you have friends in New Jersey? Wasn't it great to play with any of them? This is coming from the Captain of a professional hockey team while the season is underway? It’s like something Pee Wee players would text. Somehow I can’t see a Captain like Scott Stevens saying that. Sounds like a couple of giggling schoolgirls. And his other memorable quo
  5. There have been three coaches in NJ since Kovalchuk came to town. Two of them have used him on the right wing, a position he is obviously not suited for. Lemaire played him on left wing and got production out of him. Why is that? I believe the rw debacle is all Lamoriello’s doing. He reportedly did not want Kovy on the team but was overruled by ownership. LL is an inflexible autocrat. He micro-managed every aspect of this team, right down to facial hair and sandwiches....(that’s another issue). Maybe he didn’t like being forced to sign Kovy....it was anathema to “Devil’s hockey” , Lou’s team p
  6. This team is playing exactly how a team built by Lou should be playing. No excitement, no intensity, no individuality and no leadership. I watched the River Rats play for years, they didn’t emphasize winning. The mission was to train players to become part of the machine and weed out the ones who wouldn’t or couldn’t play that way. Now that empty, emotionless philosophy has come home to roost. Ultimately, this team is going nowhere with Lou at the helm. His smothering, disciplined organizational philosophy sucks the spark and individuality out of players and the team.....no facial hair allowed
  7. These recent deaths will no doubt cause changes in the NHL. However, I am not convinced that the cause and effect is simply being an NHL enforcer. As others have said, the psychological trauma of suddenly losing your occupation, livelihood, ego persona and personal identity at such an early age certainly looms large. Throw in alcohol abuse and suddenly being unceremoniously ripped from your network of friends and co-workers and the mental trauma is obvious. I also question just how much serious head trauma these NHL fighters really suffer. While they are no doubt tough guys and fight on a regu
  8. No injuries in a decade? Didn't he hurt himself trying to punch Gomez in the 2006 playoffs? Say no to Jagr, let his nostalgic return burden another team. As a matter of fact, he would be perfect for the Rangers!
  9. I know Brodeur is getting older and his reflexes will naturally slow down. It's obvious that his game has declined drastically and rapidly this season. Maybe part of it is getting older and lack of confidence but it also seems that at times he almost struggles to get back on his feet after dropping down. Could he have a hip, back or knee injury that either he or the team isn't talking about? Has anyone watched him during warm-ups? Is he able to move cleanly up and down without difficulty?
  10. I think Lemaire was asked to take over in order to give Lou an intelligent, experiences assessment of the team, per his first impression comments. do they want to try and right the ship and win some games? Yes, but they all know the season is dead. They are looking at who to trade and dump. The team has cancer and Dr. Lemaire is going to help decide where and what to cut in order to save the patient. I think no one is safe or exempt at this point. Isn't it interesting that a day or so before the coaching change there are wild trade rumors involving Brodeur and others?
  11. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
  12. I remember when the Devils were playing the Red Wings for the Stanley cup. A Devils fan held up a large sign for the Wings that said "WELCOME TO HELL". That sign takes on a whole new meaning with this team.
  13. In the 1st period when the game was scoreless, the Capital's coach was asked what he thought so far. He wasn't happy and said they needed to be more aggressive in NJ's zone. During the second period, with NJ down by a goal, MacLean said the Devils were playing fine and they should do OK....shortly after those comments, Washington scored twice. You know.
  14. Maybe this is what he has always wanted....which is exactly why it is so sad. Now he has to face the fact that he got his shot and it was a failure. As far as the GM still backing him? I think MacLean would have been fired (or asked to resign) already but Lou can't find any takers with more than Mite coaching experience.
  15. I hope the movement to fire John MacLean ends after last night’s loss. I actually feel sadness and pity for him now. Does he have any pride and self respect left? I don’t want to see him fired. I want to see him announce his resignation immediately. I want him to have a press conference and publicly reveal exactly what is going on inside the locker room. Reveal all the dirty laundry and call out every player and quitter that has had an active role in this travesty. Let them all finish the season with shame, disgrace, personal humiliation and an empty arena. This team will have the distinction
  16. If Lou operates on trust, (which I doubt), I hope he read the following article, quoted excerpt from “Ponderous Piracy Problem – Russia” http://www.goehner.com/piracyru.htm “Russians value their personal friendships highly. Generally their friendships last a lifetime. During Soviet times, there was little else to invest in. Friendships are based on trust. Business relationships are not. It is essential to know that the word "businessman" has a negative connotation in Russian culture. Since Russians feel that businessmen are conniving and deceptive, they feel justified in exercising their own
  17. The preceding few posts have been intelligent and objective. Voices of reason and optimism in an otherwise gloomy season so far. Mature, thoughtful opinions that give cause for hope.Thank you.
  18. MacLean is a protégé/clone of Lamoriello’s. Lou is a control freak who does not show emotion and he wants his players and staff to conduct themselves the same way. (Remember the lettuce and tomato sandwich fight?) This blank, machine–like mindset may have worked years ago when you could stifle attackers in the neutral zone..(two line pass) but it is not working in the league today. Unfortunately, the personality of the Devil’s organization has not changed with the times. The game is faster and more fluid. There is a new generation of players that don’t want to spend their career dumping the p
  19. As reported in the Fire and Ice blog; When asked if he had received any personal assurances from Lamoriello about his future as head coach, MacLean said. “As I’ve said, we’ve been working together and we all want what’s right for the organization. We’re trying to get it right as far as focusing on that.” They all “want what’s right for the organization”…could that be Lou-speak for a new coach? Breaking it to MacLean gently……
  20. For these players it is generally a business first, it is their livelihood. Then comes personal pride and competitiveness…(if they have it). I think lastly it is the buddys in the locker room and loyalty to the organization that has been gee-whizz-golly so good to them. They know teams and players change constantly. If they have been around a few years they have all seen management throw team-mates on the junk heap because they no longer fit in. I don’t think Parise will decide solely on money, but he has to be wondering where the Devils are going. Does he want to languish in a franchise th
  21. Some objectivity in how the Kovalchuk signing MAY have negatively affected the team chemistry. The cap hit will impact management on what moves they can make and what other players they can bring to the team in the future, in essence, they put a lot of eggs in the Kovy basket. Everyone….management, fans and team mates believed this guy would produce and deliver goals, for whatever reason, he isn’t. He and Clarkson are tied with 4 goals each, something no one would have reasonably predicted in September. He is taking ice time away from other players, especially on the power play. That in itse
  22. It's blatantly obvious that you do like the guy, that's not a bad thing but are you unbiased? It seems you just don't want to read any posts about Kovulchuk that you don't agree with.
  23. Maybe my opinionated post annoys or irritates some fans. That’s fair. It is called a discussion board for a reason. If I was a bandwagonner I would have jumped ship already for the hottest team of the week. Posts like mine simply express an emotional level of frustration for a team that many felt had a lot of potential for success this year. Now, we are left scratching our heads wondering what happened. If anyone thinks that people throughout the league and business including Daneyko, Chico and Doc are not privately asking the same questions, then I would like to have the magic glasses they w
  24. How to ruin a hockey team 1. Spend an insane amount of money in order to sign a player to a long term contract 2. Make sure the player mentioned in #1 is lazy, selfish and unmotivated 3. Change the basic philosophy and foundation of your team by catering to player #2 4. Piss off and alienate your entire team with #1, 2 & 3 5. Hire a coach with no NHL experience because the fans liked him 15 years ago 6. Support an out of touch and inflexible GM with whatever delusional decisions he makes 7. Add injuries and questionable medical decisions/diagnosis Stir and or
  25. Was the ice that much better in Atlanta, Georgia?
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