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sundstrom last won the day on July 8 2017

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  1. Eric Gryba to NJ

    Just don’t see the point on this one
  2. 2018 Offseason Thread

    i feel like pitt is the kind of team that can mask johnson's deficiencies and he'll actually be marginally ok there.
  3. Lou out at Toronto Named Dir Hockey for Isles

    Rafalski - that was a bad one. He was ready to stay for a reasonable price and Lou used his "if you've got time, use it" theory and detroit came in with a blow away offer that NJ didn't want to match. Gomez took highest dollar and wasn't going to sign for less. That was a good decision by Lou to let him go. Parise - Lou had his chance but Vanderbeek's finances were non-existant and he wanted kovy over Parise so Lou couldn't lock him up early. Parise wanted to go home. Devils offered enough to keep him. Neidermayer - Lou did everything possible to keep him (max contract, trying to trade for Rob) but he left to play with his brother. Lou's issue might have been not extending him earlier and treating him like sh!t through various arbitration hearings but whatever. Elias - Lou simply got lucky. He was insanely stupid to even let Elias get to the point of being ready to go to Chicago or the Rangers. Lou essentially lucked into keeping Elias. --- As for JT - Lou just got here. Whatever Tavares does, assuming Lou doesn't low ball him, there's not much Lou can do about it other than convince him that things will be different with him at the helm. The JT situation and how Lou handled big guys for NJ do not compare.
  4. 2018 Offseason Thread

    that is probably true but the assuming the devils can spend to the cap, this is doable and even doable with nico getting $8MM/year on contract 2 (he's not matthews, eichel or mcdavid so he shouldn't expect that number). the question is what is JT's number? I think I would go to $10.5. But in 20-21, they'll have one more year of palm and zajac and just severson and cory left on contracts. sure nico will be getting money and so will hall but there will be plenty of room
  5. 2018 Offseason Thread

    Hossa was an excellent UFA signing and you could argue was a difference maker. Yes, the Hawks had other big time talent but Hossa was a great signing and without him they don't win 3 cups. they very likely win one, but not 3. The jury is still out, but I think the Suter signing will be a good one (even though they didn't win a cup). The other thing - to be fair, is that guys like Tavares almost never make it to UFA so to say the signings haven't worked out isn't really fair. There are few opportunities for real difference makers to be had in UFA.
  6. 2018 Offseason Thread

    many actually stay at the hotel right around the corner (i think it's a marriott) from the rink. supposedly that happens more during the winter when weather might be an issue or the visiting team is in for a very short stay. i know when the penguins were in town late this season, they stayed at the SH Hilton - a bunch went to Roots in Summit and my wife ran into a table w/ Crosby/Kessel/Haglin/Murray and got her picture with them.
  7. 2018 Offseason Thread

    What’s also great about SH Mall was that visiting teams would always stay at the Hilton across the street and you’d see them there all the time. Many teams still stay there.
  8. 2018 Offseason Thread

    He’s moving around the corner. Bigger back yard. Lots of Devils have lived in Short Hills.
  9. 2018 NHL Draft Thread

    i mean, you could put merrill and josefson on the list if you want too but i wouldn't and after one year, i'm not putting coleman there either. look - if you want to think about it, yes larsson did net the devils taylor hall but that was almost dumb luck. revisionist history shows that larsson wasn't the right pick. scheifle, couterier and zabinijad are all better players (yes forwards) and dougie hamilton is probably a better defenseman. and this comes from a guy who absolutely loves adam larsson.
  10. 2018 NHL Draft Thread

    what's hilarious is how the commentators gush about NJ drafting and then show the last first round picks from 98 - 02 which were all humongous busts. In fact, if you go back and look, there's a lot of not much there after '98. Gomez Gionta Parise Martin Parise Zajac Henrique Larsson Severson Wood That is literally anything really worth anything since 1998 for the Conte brain trust and that's pretty bad.
  11. 2018 NHL Draft Thread

    Is Jacob Macdonald just not something to even be considered? Ray said he was going to give him a contract (likely 2 way). I know that he's probably Butcher-lite (and 3 years older) but is that a bad thing?
  12. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

  13. John Hynes in Review

    maroon is an interesting case - he is so terribly slow and is just not in the mold of what this team wants to do. but he works on the PP, is very strong on the boards, and is an underrated passer. if we didn't have boyle (yes center vs wing), i'd say go for it. I just don't love the idea of two lumbering slow guys you have to deal with. plus marron is likely going to get a 3 or 4 year deal between $3MM and $4MM a year. THOSE are the deals that kill teams when it comes to the cap. Giving Hall $10MM and Nico $8MM and someone like a Tavares $11MM - that's fine and that's what you should do. It's the fringe players getting too much where you get into trouble.
  14. John Hynes in Review

    If Hynes can be part of the recruiting effort for NJ, all the better. He was a big reason that Butcher signed here. Hall loves him. He's very well respected. All sounds good to me.
  15. GDT: Devils @ Tampa Game 5 4/21/2018 3:00 PM NBC, NBCSN

    The notion that Pitt was a better matchup - or Boston - or Washington - or Columbus. They’re all bad matchups for the devils team. Because they are all better and deeper. The devils are ahead of schedule. Just need to keep progressing and not have a regression year. The leafs avoided it. The Avs a few years ago did not.