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Everything posted by sundstrom

  1. i think the coach also has to do with what the devils plan on being the next two to three years - if it's really a kids team and aside from zajac and a couple nothing UFA's for age, then perhaps hitching your wagon to gronborg for 3 years and damn the record, makes the buy out cash irrelevant. with that said, i'd think that ownership is trying to thread the needle by keeping Fitz, but adding someone like Gilles as a President of Hockey OPS and a coach like gallant all while knowing what their draft position looks like and what other teams are looking to do.
  2. no - they are not and the NHL specifically said so. The play in rounds for teams 9-24 are NOT playoffs and do not count as such. They are an extension of the regular season for record keeping sake of individual stats (but not team wins for the season). and they are not considered playoffs. Corey Masisak detailed this pretty well on the Athletic. relevant quoted below:
  3. Root against ARZ and for them not to win the lottery. Root for Canucks to make playoffs and lose immediately. Best possible for scenario for the devils this year: 1) Win the lottery outright - #1 pick. 2) ARZ loses qualifying round and does not win lottery - #8 pick (no qualifying loser wins a lottery spot for ARZ to finish 3) Van advances to playoffs and loses in round 1 - #17 pick
  4. If the Devils want him, $ can make that contract issue go away.
  5. here's how different things were. in '98-'99, i had been a partial STH and actually CANCELLED my ST for '99-'00 because i was so frustrated with constant playoff disappointments since the '95 cup. Half way through '99-'00, I reupped and have had full ST ever since (although I've already made the decision to not renew full for next year even before Covid). Oh to have those problems now
  6. walsh will almost assuredly sign elsewhere. oh well.
  7. i own a business and as soon as we were told that we could not accept retail traffic, we furloughed certain employees that would have nothing to do (think cashiers, greeters, etc) with no traffic. and it's not that we're in bad shape if we paid these people with drastically reduced revenue for a week or two. it's that we'd be in big trouble if we kept paying them for two months. but, we also paid out all paid time off and sick. So anyone furloughed doesn't see any difference in their next two checks which will essentially cover the next 6 weeks. we did this so after 6 weeks, they can immediately get unemployment with no two week wait time from when they were furloughed. and they are all welcome to come back at their exact salary the day that we are allowed to accept walk in traffic. and i'm in a business that, theoretically, if you don't buy it from me today, you can buy it from me in a month because you're going to need it eventually. but for businesses like food, or events, or things that if it's not bought today, its never bought - those are where you have to cut the cord on employees quickly. and even if you have a war chest, it's really not meant for things like this that are no fault of your own and especially when the government is coming to help you out.
  8. I knew this was coming about Harris. they kept all part time employees and are paying them with no revenue coming in. asking high paying salaries employees to take a cut (where oh by the way they can go to unemployment and get 70% of reduced hours back) so that no employee loses their job is reasonable. as for Harris’ money. Yes, it’s ludicrous amount and even though about 30% of it was wiped out in the last 2 weeks. but you still run businesses. the cheap owner narrative is also bullsh!t.
  9. ARZ cannot be 4. i saw one sim where it was arz 1 and njd 2. that's a bag of mixed emotions.
  10. bergen county going on complete lockdown besides essential services starting tomorrow night. all retail closed besides supermarkets and pharmacies. that's one of my 3 NJ locations shut down.
  11. it would not surprise me at this point if they essentially lock the country down for 2 weeks. all non-essential retail closed, all air travel stopped, stock markets closed. all cc interest forgiven during crisis, 0% lending by banks to all businesses for payroll and rents. that's what it's going to take if they really want to eradicate the spread of this virus.
  12. i would expect points percentage would be how its seeded before anything else. that makes the most sense.
  13. schools getting closed as well. scarsdale closed schools for the rest of the month! most towns around me are closing at least one day this week to prepare for eventual longer closing. while i think most healthy people will have little to no issue with this, I can appreciate the desire to overcompensate and contain it.
  14. obviously we want 3 picks this year but if it turns out to be like 6 and 10 this year and then vancouver next year, not the worst.
  15. The devils sucked because of bad goaltending. The devils are now half decent because of very good goaltending. the rest of the team was and is still, pretty average. this isn’t rocket science.
  16. Vatanen set back per twitter.
  17. this has actually not turned out to be the most awful pairing in the world. truth be told, this would be a perfectly fine 3rd pair and if you put a stud w/ severson, you could argue its a passable 2nd pair. x - severson meuller-subban x-x i know that butcher is still here, but ideally, i'd love to move him this offseason and put smith in his role on the 3rd pair with a veteran solid RD. use butcher as part of a package for a top LHD (looking at a trouba like situation - maybe jonas brodin). or a guy like joel edmundson for the left to pair w/ severson. brandon montour for 3rd pair RD w/ smith could be a thing as well.
  18. you're right. it wasn't goaltending-only. it was goaltending 90% and bad coaching/game management/execution 10%. i'll also agree with you that, from a development standpoint, it seems that the successes (read: blake coleman, damon severson, jesper bratt) are ridiculously outnumbered by the failures (read: what is essentially the entire binghamton devils). but that could simply be hometeam bias. without doing the math, i'd be willing to be that the devils' hit rate is pretty much in line with the rest of the league.
  19. and there's a panthers rebuild. and an oilers rebuild. outside of the vegas anomaly, who are the dominant teams in the league with consistency? oh right, it's the teams with the generational talent that were lucky to get them in the years they were draft eligible. i know that's a bit lazy but rebuilds are not just about strategy. they're about hitting on the draft capital and trades you make and while you work to make educated guesses, they don't always work out. that's the way it is. while we like to bring up connor chatham a lot, every team in the league makes that mistake all the time. ray's strategy for this rebuild (and fitz carrying the torch) has been right fvcking on. he made incremental trades that all made 100% on paper and just didn't work out most of the time. he didn't sign terrible contracts for an over the hill guy in some stupid win now move before its time (besides simmonds). the devils rebuild has been stalled by goaltending more than anything else and that's pretty clear as day. every team in the league's success pretty much revolves around goaltending and with very little exception, it's ridiculously volatile and hard to predict and guarantee. if non-blackwood starters were slightly below league average as opposed to being far and away the worst in the league, you're looking at a playoff bubble team assuming they didn't deal taylor hall.
  20. of course he does - by osmosis, if you're playing the majority of your games with a 90 point guy while getting substantial PP time, you're getting 50 points. but hall having the season he did had a lot to do with nico also. so i'm not sure hall has his season with hughes as his center either.
  21. re: Cory if he's bought out, we go from two more years of $6MM cap hit to 4 more years of $2MM cap hit. this is fine either way. the last 3 starts have been against some of the worst teams in the league. i don't buy this dead cat bounce for a second. and if he still looks good through the hell schedule that will be march, i still won't believe in him. the only way i keep him in the plans for next year is if all the UFA goalies scorn the devils (halak, greiss, lehner, khudobin, etc) and the only alternative to keeping cory is kinkaid 2.0 or the like. re: Hughes i've stated this previously, but the biggest issue is that he came from USNDP which is clearly an inferior league where bad habits happen. at least 3 times a game, jack tries to skate through 3 or 4 defenders and looks absolutely stupid doing it. watch his highlights from last year - he got away with that all the time. i think its pretty clear that he should've played juniors last year to get a closer idea of what an NHL game was like. and of course, his lack of size is just not something he can overcome right now. nico was similarly smallish but got to play with an MVP, came from juniors, and plays a completely different game. i'm not ready to call hughes a bust at all - but its clear that there are enough warning signs that we have to be very concerned that this elite talent we hoped we were getting may very well not turn out to be that at all. he's taking the summer off from competition so the devils have to hope that he can add 10-15 lbs of muscle and just get smarter with the NHL game. it sounds trite and "fan like" to say, but you wonder if working with a guy like elias closely and not just on a "here and there" basis couldn't really benefit him. fitz saying nico and hughes are the pillars for the devils going forward. you hope they are closer to vintage toews/kane than vintage barkov/trochek.
  22. Re: Hughes vs Matthews - Matthews was considerably older his first year. also - do not discount the disadvantage of coming straight from USNDP. This is not a true level of competition. I have heard and believe that Hughes not doing a year of junior last year has absolutely affected his development. things he got away with at the USNDP that he absolutely cannot get away with in the NHL are also things you can rarely get away with in the CHL (like skating through 4 guys w/ control of the puck). he’ll learn.
  23. because if we've learned anything, it's that to be successful, you really need two goalies. and while i have faith in blackwood, there's a not insignificant chance he turns into a pumpkin. expansion does throw a wrench into it so whoever the devils sign is going to be for one year. frankly, with where the cap is at, i would give lehner 1 year and even $6.5MM. i'm sure they could find some scrub goalie for expansion or something but that might actually be a reason to keep cory around (and just send him back to bingo next year) so he's exposable.
  24. one reason - money. the devils can also offer term which looks like all this guy wants. with that said, i am unclear on if you can only protect one goalie or you must make available one goalie for expansion. so if the devils sign lehner lets say to 3/15 and give him an NMC (which based on his last couple years, i'd bet he'd insist on), does that mean they have to expose blackwood?
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