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  1. Sarge18

    2015–16 Prospect Thread

    If they play in Albany it means they have turned pro and their college career is over. For NCAA guys there is no turning back due to NCAA rules.
  2. Sarge18

    GDT - Devils at Blues - 1/12/16

    It wasn't just a hard hit and in no way was legitimate. That hit was 2 seconds late and a charge, that's a 5 + game every time, and likely a couple games off for him. Jaskin wasnt in the play and certainly wasn't eligible to be hit there. It was reckless and dumb. You want to forecheck hard go ahead, finish the check on someone you have engaged fine, this hit was a stupid idea and decision by Farnham. Change the timing and the circumstances of the game/play and you get away with it being a charge. But you cant, we add them all together and you have a bad hit.
  3. Sarge18

    The organization is under attack

    The issue is yea, it may get you back into the playoff discussion, and once your in anything can happen. But that team still has serious flaws with Kessel that make it a longshot at really contending. The sort of structural flaws that are going to dictate a full tear down of the offensive group to fix. So why throw good assets after Kessel when the upside is playoffs, not a cup, and the end game is quite similar to the position they are in now. Only the young defense is a couple years older, and further out of sync age wise with where the forwards should/could be without trading for Kessel. Figure that by the time the team may be ready contend with Kessel is say 4 years post trade, Phil will be on the wrong side of 30, and far on the wrong side of a goal scorers career arc. The trap here is to not be the Maple leafs of the Early 00's and think that the core group is held together by anything more than duct tape and keep adding to it.
  4. Sarge18

    Traveling to Florida

    From the Sunrise area, it is a lot easier to get to downtown Ft. Lauderdale than it is Miami or South Beach. Try to his up Las Olas Blvd for some night life and a bunch of good restaurants. Rock Burger by the science museum is a favorite for something casual and delicious.
  5. Sarge18

    Expansion to Vegas Apparently "Done Deal"

    Atlanta Spirit Group owned the Hawks, Thrashers, and the Phillips Arena. Word around Atlanta was what they really wanted was 41 more open arena dates that were not tied to losing money on the Thrashers. So no matter what alternative local ownership group may have come around, they were not going to make it easy to keep the team in the building.
  6. Sarge18

    2014-15 Prospect Thread

    While the ECAC isnt full of traditional powerhouse teams like some of the other conferences, and is full of Ivy League schools dont let that lull you into thinking its a weak conference. Union and Yale are the last two national champions, Quinnipac, Colgate, and Cornell are solid programs. The top ECAC teams are as good as anyone in the country, and all the NCAA conferences have their bottom feeders. The league is also traditionally very defensive as the schools havent always been able to bring in top flight offensive recruits. Harvard also plays a strong out of conference schedule with a full list of games against the other Boston area Hockey East teams. I wouldnt worry about Kerfoot's qualcomp,if he puts up good numbers at Harvard, it isnt due to beating up on weak teams.
  7. Sarge18

    It there any logic to determining suspensions???

    There have been two great takes on this over the years. http://www.downgoesbrown.com/2009/11/nhl-suspensions.html?m=1 And http://www.nhlwheelofjustice.com There's no rhyme or reason in most of these decisions. However in the carter Ashton case his penalty is dictated by the CBA.
  8. Sarge18

    Careful what you wish for, Devils fans

    I was only addressing the forwards in that. The defense has been a better story, but thats come down to drafting mostly. The homegrown guys haven't had to spend full years down there.
  9. Sarge18

    Careful what you wish for, Devils fans

    Looking at drafting, there is still a baffling affinity to marginally talented large forwards that play a north/south game that get picked to high on the hope that unforeseen offense develops. They have historically come from NCAA programs or the USNTDP, but lately have gone to chl leagues for them as well. Then you have the drafting of nobodies like a Mauro Yorg or Derek Rodwell type. But those happen so late as one cant totally complain, though i would bet there were overagers or others out there that could at least play in the AHL. Other than this past years draft disaster, the three before it look promising. Certainly far better than anything done in the mid 2000's. What it is becoming more apparent to me is not a drafting methodology issue, but a player development issue. There have been a few trends that have come and gone with the Devils and forwards, but the AHL program has been consistent. Either by desperation and putting guys in the NHL too soon, like a Jacob Josefson, or something afoul in the forward coaching in Albany very few are turning into useful pros. So few serviceable forwards have come through minor league development program since the late 90's. I can name three that spent 1 or more full years there that turned into full time pro's. Henrique, Clarkson, and Parise. Zach was only there due to the lockout. No one else has turned themselves into a every day nhl player. Forget top end talent, the Devils cant even develop bottom 6 guys anymore.
  10. Sarge18

    isles trade for halaks rights

    It is only for his negotiating rights until July 1st, he is not signed for next year.
  11. Sarge18

    Lou on trying to sign free agents before July 1st

    Absolutely shocking. To think that the most secretive organization in the league does contract negotiations behind closed doors, all the while towing the company line in public. Never saw this coming...... Come on, anyone who did not think that this was the case all along was being delusional.
  12. Sorry all, I think i broke the chat room
  13. Its not about the goals against. Though that will get everyone's attention due to the size. There was never a moment where he looked comfortable with a shot coming his way. He did not play anything clean. There were rebounds galore, he was overplaying the shooters, and getting himself out of position. There was nothing good about his game, we saw the bad lateral movement, the inability to get off his ass, the bad rebound control, mistakes playing the puck, and a weak 5 hole again. He just looked terrible by any subjective measure as well. The Devils played like a hot mess in the neutral zone and high in the rangers end, leading to far too many turnovers and chances against. The D was aggressive all game long and got away with it in the first, but was crushed for it in the second. Instead of playing their down low grinding style, the devils let the game evolve into a track meet, and they cant win that style of game. But that brings up one of the big weaknesses in the lineup, the lack of speed in the lineup. The moment the Rangers started on those odd man rushes, there was not a Devil player who was going to get back into the play. Its unfortunate, but with this roster games like this are going to happen on occasion. They just dont have the margin for error with games opening up.
  14. I disagree. If Marty even has a microsecond of thought about coming back the reaction has to be, not here. The adults in the room are going to have to make this decision for him.
  15. Sarge18

    Update: Odjick and Parker Battling Effects of Concussions

    The events of last night in Boston make a good case to bring this back up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VEz9p8-L3s#t=154 What in the world is Thornton doing? So now we have a player leaving the game on a stretcher because of the ridiculous notion of frontier justice that goes around in the league. I know the history from last years playoffs, and this game was down and dirty with four guys leaving the game due to injury. But seriously why does Orpik, a guy who doesnt really fight have to answer the bell to Thornton, the B's enforcer? Its a pretty big mismatch, and what does it solve? Makes Thornton feel better? Is any sort of justice being served? Lets see how he feels when what should be a 10+ game suspension is handed out.

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